Aesthetic training provider Harley Academy in collaboration with the University of the West of England (UWE) has added a new psychology module to its Level 7 course in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine.
The module, titled ‘Principle of Psychology Applied to Aesthetic Practice’, aims to raise the standard of specialist psychological care delivered in medical aesthetics.
According to Harley Academy, there is currently a lack of psychological well-being in vocational botulinum toxin and dermal filler courses, with minimal time being spent covering complex psychological issues surrounding cosmetic modifications.
CEO of Harley Academy, Dr Tristan Mehta, said, “You cannot learn how to manage body dysmorphic disorder in a few slides on a one-day course. Psychological health is of equal importance as physical health in aesthetic medicine. We are dealing with issues of well-being, self-esteem, and identity.”
He added, “It is important that the new Level 7 graduates are equipped to deal with this to the highest standard possible in the world. This is why we are so proud to work with a world-class university research faculty dedicated to appearance research.”
Working in collaboration with Harley Academy is the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at UWE, which is the world’s largest research group focusing on appearance and body image. Co-director of the centre, Diana Harcourt, said, “Appearance is a really important topic. It is fundamental to who we are, how others see us, and it impacts our lives on a daily basis.”
She concluded, “The work that we are doing here at CAR is so important. It’s increasing our understanding of the psychological issues around appearance and body image, and our work is making a difference to the lives of people who are affected by appearance-related concerns.”