Published on March 13, 2014
The Route to Clinical Psychology? Dr Kathryn Greenwood (EIPS Sussex, Sussex University and Institute of Psychiatry)
A Cognitive Behavioural Approach? • My route into clinical psychology • Some tips on the way
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Action • Clinical Experience as a bank nurse • Exam focus • Application for and place obtained for a PhD in a clinically relevant area (Memory and Attention in Schizophrenia)
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Action Voluntary Experience • under clinical psychologist on ward medication education programme • Observation of specialist assessments of children • Observation of therapy for child depression • Evaluation of trauma following children’s admission to intensive care
Meaning • Insight into illness models and relation to intervention and outcome in psychosis • Value of in depth multi-disciplinary assessment • Application of adapted CBT for a younger developmental stage, flexibility in models and approaches (imagery) • Understanding of role of stress and appraisals in evolution of problems
What about the rest of life? Ensure you maintain other aspects of life as may take time and can gain from experience e.g. Baby daughter one year into PhD Learning and Meaning • Time management, multi-tasking • Managing role transitions • Value of mental health and well-being in
And the outcome • University of Sussex 1992-1995 • PhD – Institute of Psychiatry 1995-1999 • Daughter 1996, • DClinPsy – Institute of Psychiatry 1999-2002 • Son 2001 • National Psychosis Unit 2002-2008 • Early intervention in psychosis 2008- • Holistic recovery/remission focus in research • Clinical Research Fellow 2010-
Important elements Strong academic profile Meaning and learning taken from experiences Able to communicate & apply what learntStand out for right reasons Presentation ReferencesMaintain a life
Things that you will need • At least a 2:1 with GBR at University, although a 1st will make you stand out. • Additional qualifications will help • At least 12 months clinical experience, (e.g. psychology or research assistant), ideally clinical psychologist supervisor and referee • More than one area of clinical work an advantage • Evidence of commitment (e.g. relevant work incl. voluntary) over time
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