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Question for qualified CPs

Post by sparko » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:45 pm

Hello,

I'm just curious as to how much time qualified clinical psychologists spend reading/learning outside of work hours? Do you find yourself reading psychology-related material on an evening/weekend to broaden your knowledge because there's no time for this during work hours?

Alologies if I've posted this in the wrong section.

Just to note it's not something that concerns me in the sense that I am fully prepared, and would want, to always be learning and developing myself. I'm just interested in the extent to which qualified CP's do this outside of work.

Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by maven » Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:44 am

Well, you rarely get time in work, so it is short CPD courses (or infrequent longer ones if you can secure funding and want to specialise further, eg in neuropsychology) or reading in your own time. Sure, once in a while a client won't turn up and you'll be stuck somewhere you can't do admin and might be able to read a book if you have one with you. But I'd say I mainly read outside of work time.
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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by workingmama » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:14 pm

I probably do about 6 hours per week unpaid overtime in the office, and about four hours a week reading in my area of interest. Balance is a bit different in different weeks. Next week I need to write a presentation I don't have time for, so I probably won't do as much office based extra. Hope this helps.
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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by ell » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:01 pm

Um, I probably should do some reading then...

I do tend to work more than my 18.5 hours, so maybe the small amount of reading I do at work kind of counts as outside work hours?

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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by Alex » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:49 pm

ell wrote:Um, I probably should do some reading then...

I do tend to work more than my 18.5 hours, so maybe the small amount of reading I do at work kind of counts as outside work hours?
I am sure Ell is just being modest - she doesn't want to mention the 6 hours after work of pure reading and note taking ;)

There is no pattern for me. One week I may not read anything, next week I may read a book chapter, journal article, past lectures etc. It is usually prompted by a new presentation, difficulty with client or how I could be more effective.

I am generally interested in reading about theories, research and how to do therapy work and do not clock the hours outside so I couldn't really tell.

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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by ell » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:08 pm

Ell is not being modest. Ell gets home from work, picks up small child, plays with small child, puts small child to bed, prepares meals for small child for the next day, prepares and eats own dinner, and then, if she has the energy (which is not often), does some work on dissertation at about 9pm, before attempting to get to bed at about 10pm.

I wish I was being modest.

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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by lakeland » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:43 pm

Does checking ClinPsy count?!

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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by Loula » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:56 pm

I reckon reading Facebook groups definitely counts...

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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by Gilly » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:40 am

my job at the moment ends up costing me an extra 2 or so hours a day, so I tend not to do too much reading in the evenings to try and hold some balance (falling asleep on my sofa takes priority!) but if I do, its only a little bit
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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by astra » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:57 pm

When you have a pile of books nearby that you would like to read, the knowledge within them seeps into you anyway via osmosis, doesn't it??
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Re: Question for qualified CPs

Post by Gilly » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:25 am

I've been eating mine to speed up the osmosis...
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