Inside the DClinPsy: Snippets from an assistant psychologists’ group

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Aspiring clinical psychologists are aflutter with questions- how to get on training, what the role is like, and truly- is it worth it? A few months ago I made a discovery, albeit quite late, that provides some answers: most cities have a pre-training or assistant psychologists’ chapter or group, with a BPS compiled list which, whilst requiring updating, can help you locate your group through online sleuthing.

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Book Review: The Skeleton Cupboard

20170509_190139“I first became fascinated by the frontal lobes of the human brain when I saw my grandmother’s sprayed across the skirting board…

This is the hook of The Skeleton Cupboardthe book I’d promised to review by Professor Tanya Byron, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist of over twenty years who specialised in children and adolescents. She has published many books, done relevant TV and radio segments, and conducted the well known Byron Review: Safer children in a digital world in 2008, with a follow up in 2010. This book is her recorded experience of being on the clinical psychology doctorate training program. Continue reading

“How can I change?”: A South Asian carer’s story

Carer 2Over samosas and mithai, for a standard case study, an elderly South Asian woman narrated her experience as sole carer for her husband who had dementia. Her story was rife with cultural abuse that is mitigated under the guise of cultural sensitivity, while culture is ignored where it’s truly needed. I’ve spoken about culture and how it’s caused harm in previous clinical work but I still advocate for cultural sensitivity in healthcare, accommodating cultural beliefs even when they seem antiquated. Why should anyone endure shame, offense or distress to access services? Cultural sensitivity ensures they don’t and improves lives. But can it also hurt them? Continue reading

A story of oranges and dementia: Learning about living with it with ARUK

Hand orangeA month ago a video went viral, asking everyone to #ShareTheOrange. It was created by Alzheimer’s Research UK, UKs number one fundraising charity for dementia research. It manifested curiosity, begging the question “What does an orange have to do with dementia?” As the intricately crafted video states, dementia is most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s Disease which physically destroys brain cells. Put aptly, “the destruction of Alzheimer’s can leave a brain weighing 140g less than a healthy one- that’s about the weight of an orange. Continue reading

Insert fancy title: What I learnt from rejected manuscripts

cover-blog-e1519171490188.pngIt’s disheartening, going through the toils of writing your research into a paper and having fellow authors,  supervisors and journals demand major revisions. It can takes months to account for those corrections, and still end in rejection. It stirs up serious impostor syndrome. We’re told overcoming this leads to being a better writer, something every academic strives for when published papers are the knife to our bread and butter. Therefore, my latest failure felt like a requisite opportunity to list what I’ve learnt: Continue reading