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Beautifully Chaotic
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I am driving myself round the bend. I know I need to work in Mental Health but cannot decide on how to get there.

Mental Health Nursing or Psychology......

I am currently studying Access to Health. I was a February intake so official finish date in end of Jan 2015. I have a Personal statement wrote out, ready to submit for MH Nursing but I just cannot stop this nagging doubt that I should be going the psychology route.

Does anyone have any advice or been in a similar situation? :ssaw:
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You're much more likely to have a career in mental health by doing MH nursing. It's a vocational degree, meaning you'll have a variety of placements and will be a registered nurse when you graduate.
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Thanks for the reply LavenderBlueSky88.

That is what I thought too until I spoke with the Head of Psychology at Wolverhampton! See I want to specialise in behavior therapy such as CBT and DBT and Psychology is a very valid pathway.
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I'm not entirely sure about the pathway to becoming a cbt practitioner but I'd assume you'd need to be a registered clinical psychologist or other Healthcare professional? Couldn't you do nursing and then train in cbt?
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Nursing and then CBT or possibly DBT (as there are not many who can offer it) practitioner has been my goal since I started access. I had never even considered psychology until half way through the course.

From what I have researched you need to either have a Nursing or Psychology degree to do the 1 year CBT course. I am I just wondering if a more in depth understanding of human behavior will make me more of an asset to the people I aim to help.

He sold it well, as you can probably tell.....I know he is supposed to as it is his department!
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(Original post by Beautifully Chaotic)
Nursing and then CBT or possibly DBT (as there are not many who can offer it) practitioner has been my goal since I started access. I had never even considered psychology until half way through the course.

From what I have researched you need to either have a Nursing or Psychology degree to do the 1 year CBT course. I am I just wondering if a more in depth understanding of human behavior will make me more of an asset to the people I aim to help.

He sold it well, as you can probably tell.....I know he is supposed to as it is his department!
Obviously it depends on the course, in my psychology degree yes you learnt a lot about human behaviour but there were a lot of other theoretical aspects that weren't relevant to clinical practice. Whereas mental health nursing would teach not only the theory but the relevant skills to practice. If I wanted someone to give me cbt, personally I'd choose the registered nurse over the psychology graduate (unless that graduate had some clinical experience under their belt). Just my two cents.
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You speak perfect sense! Thank you so much for your time lovely lady
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Have you considered what job opportunities are available to each of those professions?
Is it easier to secure a job in one of those profesions than the other?

Maybe something to factor in to you decision
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Hi. I was hoping for advice on becoming a high intensity therapist / cbt therapist. I've done quite abit of research but really struggling to find any direct answers. My question is once qualified what are the prospects of getting a job as a high intensity therapist? I'm scared of committing only to find that I struggle in finding a job. Thanks
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(Original post by LavenderBlueSky88)
Obviously it depends on the course, in my psychology degree yes you learnt a lot about human behaviour but there were a lot of other theoretical aspects that weren't relevant to clinical practice. Whereas mental health nursing would teach not only the theory but the relevant skills to practice. If I wanted someone to give me cbt, personally I'd choose the registered nurse over the psychology graduate (unless that graduate had some clinical experience under their belt). Just my two cents.
Hi. I was hoping for advice on becoming a high intensity therapist / cbt therapist. I've done quite abit of research but really struggling to find any direct answers. My question is once qualified what are the prospects of getting a job as a high intensity therapist? I'm scared of committing only to find that I struggle in finding a job. Thanks
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