Dear clinpsy community,
It would be very helpful to have your opinion about how I could improve my chances to get into CP training.
I am 32, I am French and I leave in the UK for a couple of years. I have always wanted to work in mental health with a special interest in crosscultural psychology and evidence-based therapies.
-bachelor's degree in Psychology 2:1
-graduate member of the BPS
-master's degree in Speech and language therapy ( recognised by the HCPC)
- master's degree in Neuropsychology
-3 years working in French as a SaLT in private practice and Neuro
-1 year and a half as a volunteer with asylum seekers in the UK( befriending, advice and art therapy assistant ) with diverse mental health issues.
- 6 months as an HCA in the NHS occasionally supporting the mental health team and therapists with cases of fabricated or induced illness.
- 2 months ago as a volunteer in a mental health ward and HCA banks in mental health. This way I try to understand better how CPs work and to be involved in a mental health professional's community.
On a more personal note, I have been thinking about CP for a long time without feeling ready. I worked on myself using my studies and therapies such as CBT and psychodynamic. I came in the UK dreaming about it and wanting to learn more about evidenced-based therapiesused in the BUS and british psychology. I have applied in my first year here with no interview in the end. At that time, I was not working in the NHS only got the BPS recognition. I reconsidered training as a CP after realising how hard it is even for british people. But still determined to work in mental health, I met different professionals including CPs and RMNs who encouraged me to try harder and I have been asked to apply for an honorary AP position. So I have a bit of hope now.
I think I need some experience working under CP's supervision eventually as an AP/RA. I need to improve my English and my experience of research. It seems a very long way to go with no guaranty of success in the end but in the meantime, I enjoy what I do and accompanying patients.
Thank you very much for your help and time