In non-professional circles, there is often confusion in distinguishing between Psychiatrists and Psychologists. Psychologists differ from Psychiatrists in a number of primary areas. The first is that a Psychiatrist is an individual who has gone through medical school and then focuses on mental illness. A Psychologist, in comparison, has never taken a medical degree. Rather, a Psychologist has studied only Psychology. The undergraduate degree, the graduate Masters degree and the post-graduate Doctorate degrees are all in Psychology. This constitutes a minimum of 6-7 years study though, it often extends beyond 10 years. The Psychologist then requires a number of years additional studies in order to be able to take on responsibility for independent functioning.
All the Psychologists within Midlands Psychological Services have met the requirements for membership in the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have gone on to gain the additional experience and education required to become Chartered within the BPS. On the rare occasion that an individual is involved who is still in the process of gaining chartered status, all work is reviewed by a Chartered Psychologist before a report is issued.
All of our (clinical) staff are members of the British Psychological Society, and as such maintain the highest standards of professional ethics. By becoming a Chartered Psychologist whether that is Educational, Clinical or otherwise, we are guaranteeing a certain standard of service, which is both professional and accountable.