Pioneering psychology module announced

Pioneering psychology module announced
3rd August 2017 Beth L. Swingler
Patient at Centre for Appearance Resarch

Harley Academy has collaborated with the University of the West of England (UWE) to include a new psychology module in the flagship Level 7 course in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine.

The module,’Principles of Psychology Applied to Aesthetic Practice’,  is the first of its kind to be created for a vocational aesthetics qualification. It is intended to raise the standard of specialist psychological care provided in aesthetic medicine.

Currently, there is a dangerous lack of attention on psychological well-being in vocational ‘Botox and fillers’ courses. The one-day courses that have dominated the cosmetic training industry for the past decades allow little time to cover complex psychological issues surrounding cosmetic modifications.

“You cannot learn how to manage body dysmorphic disorder in a few slides on a one-day course.” Said Dr Tristan Mehta, CEO of Harley Academy. “Psychological health Anyone can be affected by appearance concernsis of equal importance as physical health in aesthetic medicine. We are dealing with issues of well-being, self-esteem, and identity. 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 on this.”


Established in 1992, the Centre for Appearance Research at UWE is is the world’s largest research group focusing on appearance and body image.

“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.” said Diana Harcourt, Co-Director at the Centre. “The work that we are doing here at CAR [Centre for Appearance Research] 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.”

Above all, Harley Academy takes pride in innovating ways to improve the standard of care in the specialty. Our ambition is the push the entire field forward. “Evidence-based, holistic care is the best sign of integrity in cosmetic practice.” finished Dr Mehta.



Watch more about the Centre for Appearance Research in the video below:


Further reading:

Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England

Body dysmorphic disorder

International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation BDD website

Harley Academy Level 7 Course in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine

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