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by secret squirrel
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Thoughts from those working in personality disorder services
Replies: 5
Views: 3142

Re: Thoughts from those working in personality disorder serv

You might find it useful to read "the great psychotherapy debate," which summarises the evidence for different therapies for different issues, and suggests that there is not much evidence for x therapy being useful for y presenting issue. it is summarised here: http://societyforpsychotherapy.org/wha...
by secret squirrel
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: How essential is life experience as a trainee?
Replies: 8
Views: 4756

Re: How essential is life experience as a trainee?

I personally feel like I'll be OK as the job is a lot to do with applying scientific evidence to a person's problems, rather than having experienced such problems yourself. eek. i think the job is first to be a human being, to listen to people's stories, to let their experiences touch you and respo...
by secret squirrel
Mon May 15, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: I have social anxiety - could I be a clinical psychologist?
Replies: 22
Views: 11387

Re: I have social anxiety - could I be a clinical psychologi

Lots of great replies here already, just thought I'd add my personal experience. When I was slightly older than you I got my first RA post. This involved role plays with supervisors. I found this excruciating!! Couldn't cope. My peers did not normalise or validate this (although in hindsight- comple...
by secret squirrel
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Internal Family Systems therapy
Replies: 3
Views: 2725

Re: Internal Family Systems therapy

I read about this recently in "the body keeps the score" (book). interesting! i think lots of parallels with cognitive analytic therapy -which is a UK therapy. i haven't met any IFS practitioners, in fact had never heard of it until i read that book
by secret squirrel
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: Psychological factors related to colds/bugs
Replies: 3
Views: 3427

Re: Psychological factors related to colds/bugs

Off on a tangent but there's robust evidence that links childhood trauma to considerably poorer adult health outcomes, e.g. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3869039/- not the same thing, of course, but shares some underlying ideas about mind-body links! on a different (opposing!) note i ...
by secret squirrel
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Getting into research?
Replies: 4
Views: 2943

Re: Getting into research?

Get a paid RA job in anything that they'll take you for, and then try and move into neuro? as suggested, voluntary would also be good, if you can afford it...!
by secret squirrel
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Tired of the journey, things to do in the meantime
Replies: 7
Views: 3786

Re: Tired of the journey, things to do in the meantime

Eek. Working in an entirely untherapeutic - dare i say, traumatising - environment when you have no power to change that environment, is not something i would advocate you just attempt to plough through. it is human that you are feeling very distressed by working there. If you stay, over time you ma...
by secret squirrel
Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Wheelchair user and Feasibility of Doctorate
Replies: 7
Views: 3926

Re: Wheelchair user and Feasibility of Doctorate

Hi everyone, The other issue for me at this stage is although most posts would be absolutely fine with a little bit of adapting, most services are under such pressure at the moment that they don't have the resources to facilitate this. Would you agree? sorry this is just a quick post (how disappoin...
by secret squirrel
Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Does Politics Conflict with a Career in Clinical Psychology?
Replies: 9
Views: 5674

Re: Does Politics Conflict with a Career in Clinical Psychol

See psychologists against austerity! https://psychagainstausterity.wordpress.com/ there is an argument to be made that one of our jobs is to prevent suffering in the first place, as this is what leads to distress. or to quote the psychologists against austerity's briefing paper: "Psychologists are o...
by secret squirrel
Fri May 27, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: A-Levels question
Replies: 15
Views: 7224

Re: A-Levels question

Interestingly, this BPS paper of two years ago suggests that A-levels are the best predictor of performance in training: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1369761/1/bjc12035.pdf The authors' raise ethical concerns about this being used to select trainees, however, and note that the overall pass rate is ver...
by secret squirrel
Tue May 17, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: ADHD doesn't exist
Replies: 20
Views: 10689

Re: ADHD doesn't exist

Whilst the comment from the manager in the original post is clearly something of a logical fallacy, as pointed out by others (not to say hugely insensitive!)- I do think the question itself, "is ADHD a valid diagnosis," is worth debate. I would personally understand the spectrum of difficulties labe...
by secret squirrel
Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Indirect working and leadership
Replies: 6
Views: 4832

Re: Indirect working and leadership

I'm curious about what model you are currently drawing upon when you give your advice and support to other members of the MDT? i don't want this to sound like a trap question, so I'll point out that my immediate thoughts are this is a bit concerning - indirect working is pretty difficult when you ac...
by secret squirrel
Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Application (lack of) ethics
Replies: 14
Views: 6273

Re: Application (lack of) ethics

Just to add an additional perspective. The notion of applying early for "insurance" purposes suggests it may be tricky to find a job. This really doesn't seem to have been the case for my cohort- everyone who wanted a job found one (as far as I know, anyway). Suggesting you may as well wait until ne...
by secret squirrel
Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Any success for tax refund while training?
Replies: 210
Views: 151549

Re: Any sucess for tax refund while training?

Does anyone know if we will get a full rebate of tax, or is it just on the first £15,000 PA (or some other calculation that I've not grasped)? My understanding was that national insurance refunds were initially given only on the first £15,000 but that this has now changed to a full refund. Is the sa...
by secret squirrel
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: national response to refugee needs
Replies: 7
Views: 7940

Re: national response to refugee needs

I guess I'm just not explaining myself clearly. The refugee issue is not about compassion, it's not about offering 'help and kindness', it's not about dragging up some empathy from within ourselves. It's about recognising the structural nature of injustice and attacking the problem. Framing it as a...