Embedding systemic training into a DClinPsy programme: The possibilities and restraints

Catherine Butler, Jenny Cove, Hannah Sherbersky

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‘The clinical psychology trainee requires support not only with systemic ideas and their application, but also with the process of transition in which new ideas come into contact with and challenge old assumptions’ (Hill, 2014, p.280) John Burnham (2017) created a quadrant to map out how any situation holds possibilities and draws on/ creates resources, but in parallel, problems and restraints need to be considered. This has been our experience of embedding systemic training in a DClinPsy programme. As many DClinPsy programmes now offer, or plan to offer, embedded systemic Foundation and Intermediate courses, we share our learning from Exeter in the hope of supporting others on this journey. We include the voices of trainees who we invited to be part of this article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-21
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Psychology Forum
Issue number372
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2024


  • Embedded training
  • epistemology
  • student workload
  • systemic training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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