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The future of clinical psychology in the Society

18 October 2017

The Division of Clinical Psychology is a valued member network of the British Psychological Society and, as a home for our clinical psychologist members, it will continue to play an integral part in the Society’s future.

There is speculation around the future of clinical psychology within the Society in light of the plans for the formation of a UK association for clinical psychologists.

We wish to emphasise that first and foremost, the Division of Clinical Psychology is a valued Member Network of the British Psychological Society and as a home for our clinical psychologist members it will continue to play an integral part in the Society’s future. 

Our strategy, our public policy influencing, our relationships with external stakeholders, our support for education and training, and support for professional practice, are all of core relevance to clinical psychologists. 

We will continue these activities for our clinical psychologist members.  We strongly believe that a united Society is in a better position to achieve our aims.

The Society has always recognised that its members may wish to be part of a range of organisations to support and develop their academic and professional interests.

We also recognise the importance of the Society working with other organisations where there are mutual priorities and interests in order to progress them (Operational principle 5, Strategic Plan 2015–2020, p.3). The Society has a policy for partnerships with external organisations, which you can read on this website.

The Society currently works successfully with a number of cognate and established, national and international organisations through memorandums of understanding and/or co-operation that have been development under this framework.

The Society will continue to do so in line with our policy.

As and when a UK association for clinical psychologists is an established organisation, the Society will be able to consider any opportunities for collaboration and engagement in line with the above policy.

As a Society we celebrate the breadth of our membership and it is the breadth of our discipline and diverse skills of our profession that enables us to solve complex problems, and will enable us to achieve our overarching aim to equip people, organisations and communities with the everyday psychological knowledge to navigate a complex world and build a better society.

We highly value the contribution of our clinical psychologist members to our Society, and are committed to serving their membership needs.

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