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by ChrisCross
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Should I apply??
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: Should I apply??

If you genuinely feel ready to apply, then I'd say go for it and apply. It's so hard to give advice based on a list of experiences, as others on the forum have pointed out previously. The most important factor is how you reflect on these experiences and how they have shaped you to be ready for clini...
by ChrisCross
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Calling people "non-qualified(s)"
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Calling people "non-qualified(s)"

I tend to agree with others who have suggested using language such as student/trainee/HCA in place of 'non-qualified.' I think there's something to be said about the 'othering' nature of this term, which I personally feel is unhelpful. It reminds me of terms like 'non-heterosexual' or 'non-white,' w...
by ChrisCross
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Interviews
Topic: Interview Feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 987

Re: Interview Feedback

It's reassuring to know that other people can feel anxiety completing clinical work. It left me feeling pretty alone in that sense. Absolutely, you are certainly not alone! It's totally normal (for want of a better word) to experience all sorts of feelings when working with people in a clinical set...
by ChrisCross
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Interviews
Topic: Interview Feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 987

Re: Interview Feedback

That sounds like such an uncomfortable experience, I'm so sorry you had to go through that. From what you describe, it sounds like the interview panel would have benefited from taking some time to reflect on their own unconscious (or even conscious!) biases, especially given those totally inappropri...
by ChrisCross
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9281
Views: 1643415

Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

1. Feeling upset and angry about a discussion happening on my facebook page about LGBT rights. According to one of my facebook 'friends,' human rights are the cause of "so much trouble in this country." Apparently it's ok for a lesbian couple to get beaten up on a public bus because "nobody wants to...
by ChrisCross
Mon May 20, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Let's hear from those of you who found it relatively easy!
Replies: 8
Views: 6005

Re: Let's hear from those of you who found it relatively easy!

My A levels were pretty good but they wouldn't have made any difference to me getting a place anyway - reason being, Lancaster doesn't take into account A levels or undergraduate degree classification during their shortlisting (beyond having the standard BPS GBC requirements). Hope that helps and be...
by ChrisCross
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Psychology degrees, conversions and postgrad qualifications
Topic: BA at Cambridge/MSci at Reading?
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: BA at Cambridge/MSci at Reading?

My first degree was a four year MSci with work experience (though the final year placement was an honorary assistant psychologist post, rather than PWP). The experience was a great foot in the door for me and helped me secure a paid AP position and a DClinPsy training place less than a year after gr...
by ChrisCross
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Making the most of therapy
Replies: 4
Views: 906

Re: Making the most of therapy

Hi Lingua, Thanks for sharing your experience - it raised some interesting questions in my own mind about the purpose of therapy (which I guess is totally different for each of us and that's the beauty of it, I think). When I started my DClin training I met with a CAT therapist for a handful of sess...
by ChrisCross
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Easiest ClinPsy Docs/ Unis to get into??
Replies: 8
Views: 2698

Re: Easiest ClinPsy Docs/ Unis to get into??

Arguably, the "easier" courses to get on to will be those that most closely match your own personal and professional values. Different courses will be looking to recruit people with different characteristics but, as ell said, it's not about playing a numbers game. Have you looked at the Alternative ...
by ChrisCross
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: Classism in Clinical Psychology
Replies: 12
Views: 1981

Re: Classism in Clinical Psychology

I feel like this thread should be titled 'Classism within recruitment in Clinical Psychology' I was excited reading the title... thought there might be some discussion of the influence of social class upon psychologists (and pre-qualified) during the every day practice of clinical psychology. Barri...
by ChrisCross
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: How much can trainees afford in rent?
Replies: 8
Views: 2013

Re: How much can trainees afford in rent?

I'd say £600 per month should be affordable on a band 6 NHS salary, though obviously it will depend on personal circumstances and your other outgoings. My partner and I split our rent between us, which is £750, but absolute worst case scenario I would still be able to afford that on my own (might no...
by ChrisCross
Wed May 23, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: Future Me
Replies: 9
Views: 3376

Re: Future Me

Love this! Thanks for sharing, CatFace :)

Future me will be receiving a motivational little message to keep me going through the course. Will be interesting to see how I feel reading it and looking back on the journey so far.

Can totally see the therapeutic benefit in this too, it's a great idea.
by ChrisCross
Fri May 18, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: 2018 Doctorate Application Progress thread
Replies: 517
Views: 142315

Re: 2018 Doctorate Application Progress thread

Good luck to people hearing back from Lancaster today - it was lovely to meet some of you yesterday (I was one of the trainees floating about). Congratulations to those joining us in Sept and please be kind to yourself if it's a 'not right now.' This whole process can be mentally exhausting at times...
by ChrisCross
Wed May 16, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9281
Views: 1643415

Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

1. So happy with how things are going on placement at the moment. I can already feel the confidence flooding back in and seem to be making great progress with the service users (relational approaches in therapy definitely seem to be my thing). 2. It's such a privilege to work with people who have be...
by ChrisCross
Thu May 10, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: Is it all made up?
Replies: 8
Views: 1594

Re: Is it all made up?

Hey potato, I personally think you're right to point out the overlap between therapeutic modalities and, whilst I'm a trainee myself, I've also had qualified supervisors who have shared similar views. Have you looked into the common factors theory at all? Might be something that interests you! My ow...