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by firegal
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Interviews
Topic: Group task at interview
Replies: 12
Views: 852

Re: Group task at interview

Yay! What lovely news lingua :mrgreen: congrats!
by firegal
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Council tax for trainees
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: Council tax for trainees

I am exempt from having to pay council-tax as the course counts as full-time education; my university (Salomons, Canterbury Christ Church University) gave me an exemption certificate. It was quite basic, just had the course start and end dates, my details, etc. Didn't experience any issues there :)...
by firegal
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: The Cathartic thread - rant here!
Replies: 916
Views: 283656

Re: The Cathartic thread - rant here!

Thanks for sharing that lingua, I'm not surprised you feel anxious about future run ins, sounds horrid! I often feel so guilty for not challenging things and sometimes I don't think I fully acknowledge to myself just how tricky it is to do. I aspire to be the kind of clinician who is outspoken on so...
by firegal
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: The Cathartic thread - rant here!
Replies: 916
Views: 283656

Re: The Cathartic thread - rant here!

I'm fed up with my manager making: a) homophobic comments ("that sound a bit gay, doesn't it? and "well it's just a bit gay really") and then apologising to me and saying "oh sorry, that was probably against our equality and diversity policy!" Please, don't censor yourself for my queer a**. Don't s...
by firegal
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: What role to go for?
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Re: What role to go for?

I'll just say I had minimal NHS experience when I got on training. A total of 5-6 months in a Virgin Care (NHS contract) mental health support worker role was as close as I got, all my AP experience was private and all my research experience was based at universities, so if you feel like the non-NHS...
by firegal
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Courses with Systemic Pathway
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Courses with Systemic Pathway

Birmingham has a systemic pathway and I've found the systemic teaching to be really solid. I believe they are currently pursuing accreditation but as it stands we have the option of completing a portfolio to apply for the foundation qualification independently, we are given all the necessary teachin...
by firegal
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: Classism in Clinical Psychology
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: Classism in Clinical Psychology

I do totally agree, it is an issue. My parents certainly wouldn't have been able to fund me for an honorary post and coming from fairly rural area there weren't a lot of them going where my parents lived so staying at home and doing one wasn't an option I ever explored. Luckily for me, honorary post...
by firegal
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Supervision query
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Re: Supervision query

I think it is entirely appropriate, and I'd phrase it pretty much as you have in your post - at times you've experienced the supervisory relationship as challenging and you'd appreciate the space to reflect on it and hear any things they think you could do to improve future supervision. However, bea...
by firegal
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Dress code when working clinically: Appropriate "masculine" clothing?
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Re: Dress code when working clinically: Appropriate "masculine" clothing?

I have always struggled with dress code if I'm honest. It seems to be that there's a general "dress nice" vibe, the concerns I've heard either way are that if you dress too formal then it may add to the barrier/power difference between you and the client, too casual and you lack authority and seem u...
by firegal
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: How much can trainees afford in rent?
Replies: 8
Views: 1151

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: 9108
Views: 1605522

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: 43025

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: 1081

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: 1240

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: 473

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...