What are Registered Stress Practitioners (RSPs)?
Registered Stress Practitioners form a brand-new health profession. There will be two types of Registered Stress Practitioners (RSPs):
- Clinical RSPs, who will work largely with individuals affected by too much stress.
- Strategic RSPs who will specialize in advising organisations of preventative measures.
You can now register for the 2012 courses - request information on the 2012 courses here.
The ClinRSP training programme is open-entry – this means that acceptance onto the course is by interview and does not require particular qualifications. At interview, it will be determined if the student needs to complete any Foundation course modules before starting the ClinRSP course.
RSPs often choose to be self-employed, so that they can work on a flexible schedule that fits their lifestyles, but some organisations are expected to employ ClinRSPs directly or under contract. By registering your interest, you will receive news about these opportunities as and when they are announced.
How long does it take to become an RSP?
The RSP courses can be completed largely from home and can be done on a flexible schedule. The length of the course depends on the student’s previous experience and the hours per week they spend on their studies. It is expected that most candidates will complete the course in approximately one year.
The ClinRSP course is split into two parts: course study and clinical supervision. The course study can be done primarily from home with occasional attendance at seminars. This portion of the course takes approximately six months to complete. After the successful completion of the course, students will undertake six months of clinical supervision where they will learn to treat patients.
The components and exact length of the course will vary based on the student’s previous experience. At the interview, the student’s experience will be discussed and an individual course of study established.
How much does it cost to become an RSP?
The RSP course costs £5,950 tuition fees + £50 admission charge + £125 assessment cost for theory and clinical tests.
Grants and scholarships covering up to 50% of tuition costs are currently available for a limited period.
In addition, students with previous clinical experience may be able to do a shortened course for a reduced rate. The course can be paid for in installments and flexible payment plans are available.
How much will I make as an RSP?
Most RSPs choose to be self-employed, and their income will depend on how they market their practice and how many hours they work per week. Their incomes will be similar to that of other professional talking therapists. The course will cover strategies for marketing your skills and effective methods for developing a client base. Students wishing to work as employed RSPs within organisations will also receive advice about how to go about this.
More information about becoming an RSP as well as course details can be found here.