Forensic over clinical?

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Iggy1
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Forensic over clinical?

Post by Iggy1 » Tue May 21, 2019 6:20 pm

Hi all,

Life has thrown me a curveball, any thoughts welcome..

I recently applied for DClin and I am currently sat very far back on a reserve list, which I'm very happy with for a first attempt and gives me hope for next year! However, a trainee forensic post came up in my area (at a time when I was feeling a bit rubbish about my clinical application efforts) and I applied. I loved studying for my forensic psychology MSc and got distinction, and currently really enjoy working in a forensic service (AP role) but all my colleagues are clinical psychologists and I feel like the clinical field fits well with how I see myself working as a psychologist.

I have now been invited to interview for this role which is a great opportunity, however if I am successful part of me feels that I'm coming out of the DClin race too early. In short, I'm torn. I'm conscious that clinical may never happen and forensic could be very rewarding..

If forensic turned out not to be for me would having that role on a DClin application hinder me? Is there anyone out there that got on to clinical training from being in a forensic trainee post?

Any other general advice?

Thanks in advance x

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Re: Forensic over clinical?

Post by miriam » Tue May 21, 2019 11:05 pm

I've got a colleague who got onto clinical training from being a forensic trainee, so it must be possible. I've always considered it to be another bit of relevant experience that enhances rather than detracts from her CV. She is particularly fab though.
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Re: Forensic over clinical?

Post by Iggy1 » Wed May 22, 2019 11:51 am

miriam wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 11:05 pm
I've got a colleague who got onto clinical training from being a forensic trainee, so it must be possible. I've always considered it to be another bit of relevant experience that enhances rather than detracts from her CV. She is particularly fab though.
Thanks Miriam, that's encouraging.

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Re: Forensic over clinical?

Post by lakeland » Wed May 22, 2019 12:13 pm

Hi

Echoing what Miriam said - I know a few people who were trainee forensic psychologists then applied for clinical and were successful. I don't know much about the situation now, but it used to take people years to do their forensic chartership, so I think a lot of people would get frustrated and look to clinical.

I'm a qualified clinical psychologist and have pretty much always worked in forensic services (pre and post training), did a forensic specialist placement and a forensic thesis, so there's definitely scope to be a clinical psychologist in this type of setting if that's your preference long term. For me, the appeal of clinical was the variety of services you can work in.

Good luck at the interview.

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Re: Forensic over clinical?

Post by AnsweringBell » Wed May 22, 2019 1:10 pm

Echoing Lakeland - I'm a CP in a forensic service, and I went into the dclinpsy knowing that I was particularly interested in giving a forensic service a try in my specialist placements. My course were good for giving me an opportunity to do that within a core placement as well (so I got two different forensic experiences), and in the end I took a forensic job post-qualification. Like you, I felt the clinical path suited me more, and also think the range of training experiences/areas of focus meant that clinical was more appealing for me for future job prospects. I think as well, forensic training can often be you with one overall supervisor for the duration - so that relationship needs to be a positive one, for quite a while. Part of the helpfulness of clinical training for me was knowing that if I had one placement where I had a clinical supervisor I just didn't gel with, that'd be 6 months and I could survive that long.

I know that isn't answering your question of whether or not doing forensic training would hinder a clinical application, but just to give some added thoughts on what I think clinical gives that forensic might not. It sounds like emotionally that's where you are anyway though :)

(My knowledge of forensic training comes from colleagues rather than personal experience, of course! I know there are two different paths through it and don't fully understand how they differ from each other. I've mainly talked to people who have had one prison providing the full training).

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Re: Forensic over clinical?

Post by Iggy1 » Wed May 22, 2019 2:53 pm

Thanks both, yes I agree with you on the positives of clinical over forensic, especially given the typical length of time it takes to qualify as rightly observed by Lakeland.
I suppose forensic would have been plan B but plan B has presented itself fairly early on and I'm wondering whether it would be an opportunity I would regret not taking later, which is why I ask about looking to clinical after trying it out!

A friend gave me some good advice on going to the interview which was 'you're there to see if it's a fit for you as much as they're there to see if you're a fit for them' so I suppose I'm going to go to the interview with an open mind and try to stop getting ahead of myself! Thanks to this forum for providing a place to attempt to reconcile these dilemmas as we travel on our psychology journey!

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