Reference from a Counselling Psychologist

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LolaSun
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Reference from a Counselling Psychologist

Post by LolaSun » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:32 am

Dear Colleagues,

Quick question: although I have been consistently supervised by clinical psychologists in my previous posts, currently I am supervised by a counselling psychologist. I wonder how I should best manage this: if I chose an old referee that may look awkward (why would I not choose my current supervisor?) but if I choose my current one (counselling psy) do you reckon I may be "penalised"?

Lola

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han10
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Re: Reference from a Counselling Psychologist

Post by han10 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:52 am

I don't think you would be penalised. The content of the reference would be more important than who gave it - especially if the difference was only clinical vs counselling psychologist as I would expect both to have a good understanding of what training entails and therefore how a candidate may fair. In fact for me it is more about how any referee manages to convey how a candidate fits the criteria for training and their suitability rather than what their job title is.

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Re: Reference from a Counselling Psychologist

Post by ell » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:38 am

I don't know for sure, but I don't think it would make a difference, as han10 says, it's the understanding of the training that is important. Also worth noting that clinical psychology training courses often use counselling psychologists as supervisors for trainee placements.

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Re: Reference from a Counselling Psychologist

Post by AnsweringBell » Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:19 am

Echoing han10 and ell, I wouldn't imagine it'd be a problem at all (for the reasons they've given). To add some anecdotal evidence on top - from my own personal experience (n=1), for my first application I couldn't use my current employer and so my two referees were my UG research supervisor, and essentially a university mentor who helped me in my capacity as welfare officer. She was a linguistics professor with no knowledge of clinical psychology or training. I ended up with two interviews that year (not from universities with entrance exams who might not look at references at the initial stages).

Which is to say - I can't imagine the qualification of the person writing one of your references is going to be the decider with these things. Not that I select for courses though!

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Re: Reference from a Counselling Psychologist

Post by LolaSun » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:38 pm

Thank you all very much for your replies! Very helpful indeed.

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Re: Reference from a Counselling Psychologist

Post by lakeland » Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:05 am

I had a Forensic Psychologist for mine and got an interview and a place.

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Re: Reference from a Counselling Psychologist

Post by beluga » Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:33 pm

I applied with my clinical reference coming from a Counselling Psychologist and I was offered an interview and gained a place. Good luck!

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Re: Reference from a Counselling Psychologist

Post by Randomswirls » Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:43 pm

My reference was from an ot and I had two interviews and a place!

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