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

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Culture shock in the psychiatric ward

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My first intensive clinical placement was for three months in the psychiatric department of a government hospital in Pakistan. I had just completed my bachelor’s, ignoring all the jokes about how I was becoming a ‘whitewashed’ psychologist. Regardless, I was still thrust into a form of culture shock when the placement began. Continue reading