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by firegal
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: How much can trainees afford in rent?
Replies: 7
Views: 532

Re: How much can trainees afford in rent?

I was paying £545 a month and then bills on top for a flat on my own in my first year and managed to put money for savings aside most months without an issue :) £600 would still have been very doable, I think >£700 would be a stretch. (For reference, I don't tend to go out a whole lot in terms of ex...
by firegal
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9075
Views: 1595800

Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

1. I am feeling so much better about life the universe and everything. The last couple of weeks have been dark, I'm not entirely sure what the catalyst was but it hasn't been fun and it's made work and relationship stuff difficult 2. Proud of myself for being more honest than ever with my placement ...
by firegal
Tue May 15, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: A reason to be positive...
Replies: 157
Views: 42641

Re: A reason to be positive...

The worrying sounding rattling in my car was simply a loose bracket fixed in 5 minutes with some cable ties and no charge from the mechanic!
by firegal
Thu May 10, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Clients answering phone during session
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Re: Clients answering phone during session

I probably would not do anything while they're on the phone, and to be honest, being me I would probably not address it if it was a one off (though I think I probably should) but if it was a repeated thing, answering calls or messing with the phone, I would have a conversation about the importance o...
by firegal
Wed May 09, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: UCL or Sheffield?
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: UCL or Sheffield?

I can't speak for either of the courses, but I know at Birmingham we have the option of 3 strands (behvaioural, systemic, or psychodynamic) and we opt for one (though we still attend teaching for all, we're essentially just nominating the one we'll be assessed on), and the other courses I interviewe...
by firegal
Wed May 09, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Applications
Topic: Activity co-ordinator/Clinical studies officer
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: Activity co-ordinator/Clinical studies officer

I can't speak for course selection, but when I was an AP the activities co-ordinator on the ward was my go-to guy. Brilliant insight into the service users, an entire role around enriching lives, lots of experience advocating for services, co-ordinating with outside organisations, communicating with...
by firegal
Wed May 09, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: UCL or Sheffield?
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: UCL or Sheffield?

From what I understand, they focus more on cognitive analytic therapy, which I was concerned seems less used? I have mainly done CBT so far however, and am very keen to learn something new :) Bear in mind that regardless of the course you have to finish as a competent practitioner in CBT and (at le...
by firegal
Fri May 04, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: 2018 Doctorate Application Progress thread
Replies: 517
Views: 131012

Re: 2018 Doctorate Application Progress thread

hawke wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 3:06 pm
Bath
Coventry & Warwick

Exeter
BIRMINGHAM!!

2 applications, 5 interviews - it's finally happened! I'm in total shock.
Yay! Congrats! How lovely to know Birmingham managed to get answers out before the bank holiday :D
by firegal
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9075
Views: 1595800

Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

1. Cannot believe I'm in my final week of placement 2. Once this week is over that marks the half way point of this course, something that is both encouraging and terrifying at the same time! 3. I have enjoyed my current placement, it's been a lovely team to work in and I have learned so much from m...
by firegal
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Re: 2018 Doctorate Application Progress thread
Replies: 23
Views: 3199

Re: 2018 Doctorate Application Progress thread

It surprises me how some candidates were invited to the interview at one Uni but were rejected by one or more Universities. Why is it surprising? All universities have different entry criteria, whether at undergrad or postgrad level, and all clinical courses have different philosophies. Hence it's ...
by firegal
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9075
Views: 1595800

Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

1. Today is starting with lots of phone calls following up on missed appointments, and I suspect will finish that way too. I am just having no luck with this placement. 2. If yesterday's session hadn't gone as well as it did I would be feeling really rotten about myself right now. 3. If I measure my...
by firegal
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9075
Views: 1595800

Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

1.) My publisher and I have agreed on a cover photo for the book. It's fantastic and we all loved it on sight. Now if only I can persuade them to change the awful title they're currently insisting on... 2.) There is a possibility that there might be a documentary film about my research. I'm meeting...
by firegal
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Did you choose Clinical or Counselling Psychology? Why?
Replies: 10
Views: 4201

Re: Did you choose Clinical or Counselling Psychology? Why?

I'm a second year clinical trainee and my thinking is very much along the same lines as Spatch and Miriam. For several years before I got on the course I was battling with the PhD vs ClinPsyD decision, CoP never even entered the race in my mind. Like Miriam, 1:1 therapy is probably the thing that co...
by firegal
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Difficult relationships in a small world
Replies: 3
Views: 1227

Difficult relationships in a small world

So, a lot of us have dealt with difficult working relationships, bad supervisors etc, and often the advice is if trying to build on the relationship and work through the issues doesn't work, then maybe it's time to start looking for another post. But psychology is a pretty small world, and what happ...
by firegal
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Possibly experiencing burnout
Replies: 6
Views: 2715

Re: Possibly experiencing burnout

All excellent advice. Like goldflakepaint I was another of the many people who struggled with an AP job that took its toll on my self care and wellbeing. For me it was a mix of being away from my friends and family (I moved across the country for the job), being given tasks that I didn't feel capabl...