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What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by miriam » Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:34 pm

When I got on training (in 1997):

I had a high 2:1 in BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology (including a certificate of competence in psychometrics)
I was 23 years old
My experience was:
Two years of being an AP doing research (on whether staff training improved quality of life for people living in old folks homes) which led to five publications and two conference presentations
6 months of being an AP doing clinical work (mainly psychometrics in a university/social services run family centre)
MSc Psychology, by research (I developed and validated a measure to explore staff responses to challenging behaviour)
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Post by nettyb » Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:13 am

I was 28 years old.
I had a 2:2 in BSc (Hons) Psychology with Health Psychology and a high Merit in my Msc Psychology. I also have a distinction for my PGCert Primary care Mental Health Practice.

In terms of my experience:

During the summers of my first degree I worked in a rehab centre for older adults who had suffered CVA.

I spent a year as a support worker in a residential school for children with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, then two years as Assistant Psychologist in the same school. I liked it there so much that I stayed for another 2 years in a senior position, working within the Psychology team.

After that I worked as a “project worker / autism specialist” for 6 months in an early years team on an LEA inclusion project working with Autistic children between the ages of 2 and 5.

I then worked as an AP/R in an NHS Older Adult service for 6 months and assisted in research into the efficacy of a Mindfulness based group for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

I also was a Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker for 18 months and delivered brief CBT to people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, phobia and OCD.

I applied for training for 2005 entry got on with my first application.
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Post by irishemma » Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:58 pm

I was 26 years old.

I had a B.Sc. (hons) in Psychology (2:1) and an M.Sc. in Research Methods in Psychology.

I worked during my degree as a child care worker and in a restaurant. After my degree I worked as a support worker with people with profound learning disabilites and people with severe challanging behaviour. I continued working there during my M.Sc. and my thesis looked at Staff attitudes to challanging behaviour and how these correalated with burnout. Just before I finished my M.Sc. I started work as an AP and I was involved in research about memory and temporal lobe epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures. I then worked as research assistant on a project about prospective memory in patients with TBI. I somehow managed to hold down a weekend job in a nightclub (Friday and Saturday night 8pm till 5am) throughout all of this - not sure how I did it!

I applied for training in 2005 for the first time and I was offered a place! :D

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Post by astra » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:54 pm

I did my undergrad between the ages of 27-30, got a FIRST.
Did various admin/secretarial/temp jobs for a year and a half whilst also doing Samaritans and a volunteer befriending scheme for looked after kids, as well as getting married and relocating to another part of the country, and applying for hundreds of AP jobs.
I had 6 months AP post in a children's outpatient psychology service.
I had 12 months AP post in a forensic psychiatric inpatient unit.
One year's maternity leave.
I had 18 months part-time as AP in Older Adults/Project Lead for a modernisation project.
I was 36 when I started training.

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Post by purpledaisy » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:57 am

Just got on a course starting in September, yeah!

Am 29 now, been a long road, but this year was my first year of applying as didn't feel ready till now.

In a nutshell the order of my experience goes like this:

BSc Psychology
6 months nursing assistant - eating disorders and substance misuse
MSc Health Psychology, during which I taught research methods and stats to 2nd year BSc Psychology students
9 months research assistant - bipolar disorder
4 months assistant psychologist - childhood brain tumour
12 months support worker - learning disabilities
2 years nurse training
9 months mental health nurse - acute inpatient
Current post - assistant psychologist/research assistant - burns unit

Phew!

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Post by tabby » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:13 pm

I got on last year aged 27; it was my second year of applying.

Not too fabulous A levels!

I did a different first degree: BA English and Sociology 2:1

Volunteer classroom assistant in school for children with learning disabilities
6 months

Conversion course: Graduate Diploma in Psychology 2:1

Support worker for adults with learning disabilities
6 months

Group worker for Webster-Stratton group for children aged 5-9
3 months

Assistant Psychologist (AP) post in Forensic Unit
1 year

Volunteer assistant psychologist in Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD) and work as bank staff support worker in between paid AP posts
4 months

AP post in CTPLD
Just over a year

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Post by ilikeblueskies » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:51 pm

I got on last year age 22. My experience was as follows:

Undergraduate degree from 2000-2004, High 2.1 (just missed a First :x )

few months working in a charity which tried to raise awareness of child abuse in ethnic minority cultures.

2 months as a voluntary AP doing audit work with post-stroke patients.

First paid AP job in Oct 04. Early intervention for adolescents with mild-moderate mental health problems. Stayed there for 8 months.

Moved straight to another AP post working half time in a CAMHS team and half time audit work for child services in the area i worked in. I was in this job for a year and 2 months i think.

for about a year throughout this time i also done about an hour a week of befriending with a young lad with autism.

applied in 2006 and got on. 2 straight rejections. 2 interviews which resulted in 1 reserve place and 1 straight offer of a place.

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Post by princessleia » Sun May 13, 2007 12:33 pm

I've just got on this year, aged 26... some might say a bit jammy looking at my CV...

BSc (hons) Psychology - first

MSc Evolutionary Psychology - distinction (yes, I know, not v clinically relevant, but I liked it :wink: )

1 year community support worker with adults with severe LD (non-NHS)
whilst at the same time...
voluntary research assistant (6 months) - clinically relevant research

1 year AP in brain injury rehab (non-NHS)


I strongly believe in breaking the mold in clinical psychology - don't be a clone!!

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Post by Laura » Mon May 14, 2007 9:27 am

Hi all

I've got on this year too, I'm 23, but will be 24 by the time I start in the autumn.

BSc (Hons) Psychology - First

3 months as a part-time research assistant in a medium secure unit (whilst still at uni)

12 months volunteer Project Worker for Mind (5 hours a week)

2 years as a Samaritan volunteer

One summer volunteering for Mencap, in a summer camp for children with learning disabilities (about one day a week)

Whilst doing voluntary work, I worked full-time as an Assistant Psychologist for about a year and a half, in one Trust, but within adult mental health, child and adolescent mental health, and learning disabilities services

3 months voluntary work in a charity for children with autism in India

I'm now working as a research assistant, but that wasn't on my form at the time of applying, although I did mention my current job in interviews.

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Post by llareggub » Mon May 14, 2007 10:21 am

Hi Everyone,

I got on this year after my 3rd attempt and at the age of 27. So my career path in order is as follows:

:arrow: Graduated in 2001 with a 2:1 in Psychology
:arrow: Worked for a year temping whilst applying for what seemed like a million AP jobs
:arrow: Decided to do an MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology (Distinction)
:arrow: Worked for 2 years as a Research Assistant (looking at whether staff training in Person Centred care had an impact on the Quality of Life of residents with dementia). Resulted in 3 publications and 2 conference presentations
:arrow: Whilst working as an RA, did a couple of hours a week as a voluntary Assistant Psychologist in Older Aduts and a Learning Support Mentor for kids with behavioural problems
:arrow: Assistant Psychologist (CAMHS; 7 months)
:arrow: Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker (will be for 18 months when I start training in Sept!)

So I never thought it would happen but I finally got there and I must admit it has been fun along the way!

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Post by Jamie2k04 » Mon May 14, 2007 7:25 pm

ilikeblueskies wrote:I got on last year age 22. My experience was as follows:

Undergraduate degree from 2000-2004, High 2.1 (just missed a First :x )

few months working in a charity which tried to raise awareness of child abuse in ethnic minority cultures.

2 months as a voluntary AP doing audit work with post-stroke patients.

First paid AP job in Oct 04. Early intervention for adolescents with mild-moderate mental health problems. Stayed there for 8 months.

Moved straight to another AP post working half time in a CAMHS team and half time audit work for child services in the area i worked in. I was in this job for a year and 2 months i think.

for about a year throughout this time i also done about an hour a week of befriending with a young lad with autism.

applied in 2006 and got on. 2 straight rejections. 2 interviews which resulted in 1 reserve place and 1 straight offer of a place.
How did you manage to complete a 4 year undergraduate degree, get all this experience and get on to the course at age 22?!

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Post by LauraW » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:44 pm

I have a place on the Edinburgh course this year!!!!! . I'm 25, (and thrilled that I will qualify before I'm 30, especially as all my friends are qualified to do what they are doing). Anyway....

Think this is a useful thread for potential applicants trying to get an idea of whats involved in getting into Clinical Psychology, and also the range of experiences people have had. This is mine, and it looks alot more than i thought written down. Its pasted from my cv, so is in reverse order.

Education -
1 year MSc Psychological Research Methods -Passed with distinction
3 years BSc Psychology (2.1)

Work Experience -
6 months Assistant Psychologist
Services Improvement Project to improve access and reduce waiting times.

5 month Learning Supporter
At a residantial college for young adults with learning difficulties.

2 months Outreach Worker
Working with a six-year old boy with autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder and his family at their home.

1 year (3hrs a week) Volunteer
Toby Henderson Trust for Autism, helping out and occasionally participating in group work with children with ASD.

2months Children's Courier
Working on a campsite with children aged 7 to 10 years, six days a week.

2 months Summercamp Counsellor USA
Living with, caring for and providing activities for children with developmental disorders and learning disabilities, particularly autistic spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

4 years (1 FT, then hours varied depending on uni) Care Support Worker
Working with adults with learning difficulties, challenging behaviour and complex needs.

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Post by ilikeblueskies » Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:50 pm

How did you manage to complete a 4 year undergraduate degree, get all this experience and get on to the course at age 22?!
i just saw this now...well i was 23 by the time i actually started the course. I started university when i was 17, finished when i had just turned 21 and was lucky enough to get an AP post quite quickly that same year after graduating. Apparently the average age of getting onto training is 26 or something, so im a bit of an outlier! :lol: Just got lucky i think! xx

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Post by Dr.Dot » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:37 am

I was (am) 35, it was my second year applying.

Education
:arrow: Dire GCSE's
:arrow: Vocational qualifications inc. chef stuff, and learning support (classroom assistant)
:arrow: Access to Higher Education
:arrow: Bsc. (Hons.) Psychology, with Health and Clinical Psychology (1st Class)
:arrow: Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavioural Analysis

Relevant Work Experince

:arrow: 2 years as a Voluntary Classroom Assisitant, 2 days a week (Nursery and Key stage 2)
:arrow: 1 month as a RA Health psych Research, reanalysis of exsisting Data Set.
:arrow: 4 months as a Market Researcher - developed a questionnaire to assess the need for child care provision locally
:arrow: 4 months as a Behavioural Support Worker
:arrow: 10 months as Rehabilitation Support Worker (Acquired Brain Injury)
:arrow: 20 months RA Stroke population- seconded one day a week as AP in OA
:arrow: 4 months AP in CAMHS
:arrow: Am a Samaritian

Other relevant stuff

:arrow: Presented at confrences, poster and platform
:arrow: Parenting course, a long time before Webster Stratton became mainstream (and wasn't much like it either!)
:arrow: One day experinetial Creative Counselling course
:arrow: 8 week Mindfulness course (still attend support group)
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Post by joanner » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:48 am

I got a place on clinical training this year. I start my training two days after my 30th birthday which is brilliant as I told myself I wanted to be fully qualified by the time I was 35 so I've left myself with a couple of years spare!

I have had a less conventional route into psychology:

:arrow: Graduated in 1999 with a BA(Hons) 2:1 in English then worked for six months in PR before starting a 3.5 year career in magazine journalism.

:arrow: Had a career change at the age of 25 so did a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (BPS accredited conversion course) at Oxford Brookes uni. Graduated with a Distinction.

:arrow: During this time I worked as an ABA tutor with a young autistic child and after my course I did a very part-time job as a research assistant for one of my tutors for six months with very tenuous links to clinical psychology as it was a neuropsychology project. However, at least I managed to get the magic words 'Research Assistant' on to my application form!

:arrow: During my time in Oxford, I also did a Practioner's Diploma in Eating Disorders and a basic counselling skills course.

:arrow: Throughout my course and for a year afterwards, I did telephone helpline volunteer work for an eating disorders charity.

:arrow: After graduating, I applied for heaps of assistant psychologist and primary care graduate mental health worker jobs. I got some interviews and performed embarrassingly badly on the first ones due to my lack of NHS experience and knowledge. I cringe to think about it! But it was a good learning curve.

:arrow: I spent four months working on the checkouts in Tesco and living with my folks whilst trying to grab that elusive first post and finally got offered a GMHW job. This was an ideal post for me as it really threw me in the deep end (where I usually end up!) so I learnt a lot very quickly. I did my one year PgCert training and passed. I also did my Counselling Certificate course in that year.

:arrow: A year after starting my GMHW job, I moved to another PCT doing the same sort of work but with heaps more clinical opportunities and band 5 pay. Again, it was very much in the deep end and with lots of hands-on stuff. I was also working in a primary care mental health team, which I hadn't previously. This was brilliant and really accelerated my clinical skills and knowledge. I will have been in this job 18 months by the time I leave.

So, that's my history. I think this shows that actually you don't necessarily need to have had lots of different posts to get on to clinical training. It is the quality of the post you have, rather than the overall number. I have now been a GMHW for over two years and that hasn't counted against me as I had three interviews and three reserve list places. Last year I had one interview and one reserve list place.

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