National Requirements Poland
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- Psychology Education
There are two main options for students wishing to pursue training in psychology in Poland; a ‘long cycle’ (a five year long study including masters), and a split cycle (a three-years' bachelor's degree followed by a separate two-years' masters degree). Postgraduate education and additional qualifications are required in some specialities. In each case (5 or 3+2), one is required to gather minimum 300 ECTS and present a thesis in order to be awarded with a masters degree.
- Programmes that meet EuroPsy requirements:
There are 50 institutions together that offer higher education in psychology in Poland:
• 34 institutions offer 5-year course
• 14 institutions offer 3-years course (BA)
• 4 institutions offer 3+2 course (BA+MA).
- Supervised Practice arrangements (for the EuroPsy certificate)
There are currently no formal regulations concerning mandatory traineeship under supervision. However, the Polish Psychological Association (PPA) are currently preparing the Psychological Practice Act, which requires that psychologists have one year supervised traineeship in order to obtain a licence for independent psychological practice.
- Training of supervisors
There are currently no requirements for supervisors to engage in supervision training. However, the PPA is preparing a supervisor training system in coordination with the development of the Psychological Practice Act. First, the supervisors training is dedicated to most experienced professionals with supervision practice. This training system outlines a number of conditions necessary to qualify as a supervisor; The supervisor shall have at least 5 years of documented psychological experience in the given field, while actively developing one's psychological competence. The supervisor shall be a holder of at least the basic EuroPsy Certificate. The supervisor shall take an 10 hours course relating to the following issues: (1) Contract-making and discussion on the traineeship curriculum, (2) feedback giving and conducting meetings, (3) understanding the competences and assessing tchem, (4) psychological professional ethics. The course shall end with a successfully passed exam. The first cohort of supervisors is going to be trained up to October 2019.
- Recognition of title
The title Psychologist is legally recognised and partialy protected. Although there is the Act on the Profession of Psychologist and Psychologists’ Professional Corporation (signed in 2001) no Psychologists’ Professional Corporation was established, which means that no body awarding the right to work as psychologist exists. The legislative’s work on the Act are resumed from 2019.
- Licence to practice
The right to work as psychologist belongs to those who have been awarded with an MA in psychology.
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD)