Division of Occupational Psychology

Leadership Development Programme (LDP)


About the LDP

The Leadership Development Programme (LDP) is a programme run by the Volunteer Training Group. It aims to develop volunteers leadership knowledge, skills and capabilities in order to become highly effective future DOP and organisational leaders.

Programme Duration: One year

Participants: DOP Members looking to develop their leadership potential. In particular, Chartered members, or those near to completion, would benefit from the LDP

Format: Three two-day residential workshops supported by ongoing individual and peer learning activities.

Location: The three residential workshops will take place in various locations across the United Kingdom, from Friday to Saturday.

Why join the DOP LDP?

  • Develop practical skills, strategies and behaviours to be a leader who challenges and motivates others
  • Develop awareness of the DOP leader’s role, attributes and challenges. Opportunity for shadowing of and mentoring from senior leaders in the profession
  • Master classes and presentations delivered by senior leaders and experts
  • Prepare for a DOP leadership role and familiarity with how to work in a volunteer environment
  • Develop transferrable leadership skills to ensure success as an organisational leader
  • Gain understanding of how best to translate the benefits of Occupational Psychology to your clients
  • Obtain Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Build networks with peers and senior leaders in the field
  • Gain opportunities to make a difference for DOP Members and the profession

Applying to the programme

Information before applying

Please note the following before completing the application form:

You will be asked to give a personal statement of no more than 500 words, including responses to the following questions:

  1. Why do you volunteer to work with the DOP? If you have yet to volunteer, what is the reason? What are your intentions and aspirations within the DOP?
  2. How will the LDP contribute to your voluntary work with the DOP?
  3. How will the LDP contribute to your professional work as an (a Trainee) Occupational Psychologist?
  4. What do you see as the top two key challenges facing the DOP?  How do you think the LDP can help to overcome them?

Please think about these questions carefully before completing the application form.

The application form takes approximately an hour to complete and needs to be completed in one sitting, so please make sure you have enough time to complete this.

Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

Trainees are required to attend three residential programmes. Each session is two days, Friday and Saturday.  The dates and locations will be confirmed each year when the progra,me is advertised. 

Attending the residential sessions is a key requirement and therefore, if you are unable to do this, you should not apply. 

How to apply

Please note the 2017/2018 programme is under review.

If you have any queries, please contact [email protected]

Further information

Further information can be found below: