Specialist Psychotherapy Service

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Brioche
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Specialist Psychotherapy Service

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Hello everyone! :D

Wondering if anyone on here can answer a couple of questions and/or has worked under a Specialist Psychotherapy Service and can give me some insight into what it is like? What kind of experience did you have before you got this post.. psychometrics you utilised.. I am really interested but I worry my current experience might not be enough. The post I am looking at:

'An Assistant Psychologist to join a team of Psychological Therapists who are working in the Mood, Anxiety, PTSD, Psychotherapy Service (MAPPS)... We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Psychologist who is interested in working with adults with complex mental health problems.'

I am also curious how to demonstrate this person spec point, the rest I mostly meet and understand :oops:
'An ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a psychotherapy context'


My current experience is:
[*]7 months p/t support worker within a residential setting for young adults with autism
[*]1 year as a bank healthcare assistant on various inpatient wards (all adults). Also, I am lucky enough to finally have some clinical psychologist contact - we currently discuss psychometrics, how best to support individuals with certain conditions (e.g. EUPD), and formulation more recently.
[*]1 year volunteering at an IAPT within the employment/education support (relates to finding work or education whilst accommodating people's particular barriers)
[*] Various little bits of volunteering - facilitated some peer groups for an addiction charity and an early intervention mental health charity. Attended weekly for couple of months, Covid didn't help me gain experience :(
[*]Research - contributed with service eval and designing workshops for the IAPT. Also, dissertation has been submitted as a short report for publication. Furthermore, helped a lecturer with a short project that is also submitted - both are quite short and within evolutionary psychology.
In regards to research, absolutely been emailing all sorts of individuals related to my interests: lecturers from nearby universities, some services in my area, the research department within my Trust.. no avail alas. A MSc on the cards because I really want to do more research... especially mental health linked :lol:


Any advice or input is immensely appreciated as always! :D :lol:
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Currently gaining experience on various wards as a HCA (Mental Health) as part of the NHS.
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I think it pretty much wants to know what it says on the tin: How would you apply your existing knowledge of psychology to working in a service that provides psychological therapy for adults with complex mental health difficulties, like PTSD and emotional regulation difficulties? I'd have thought if you've spoken to a CP about "how best to support individuals with certain conditions (e.g. EUPD), and formulation" that might be a good starting point.
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miriam wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 12:29 am I think it pretty much wants to know what it says on the tin: How would you apply your existing knowledge of psychology to working in a service that provides psychological therapy for adults with complex mental health difficulties, like PTSD and emotional regulation difficulties? I'd have thought if you've spoken to a CP about "how best to support individuals with certain conditions (e.g. EUPD), and formulation" that might be a good starting point.
Ohh I see.. :oops: I just wasn't initially sure of how to bring it up when I haven't explicitly run any groups or 1:1 therapeutic interventions (admittedly that isn't in the person spec anyway) but I was thinking there had to be a way I could at least link theory to elements within therapy..

Thank you for clarifying it and also giving me a little bit of confidence... I think I can certainly mention how we've discussed transference, her attachments in childhood, trauma... and how it might affect her relationships with staff now? I'm thinking about the therapeutic relationship? :D Giving the application a shot certainly can't hurt, eventually one day I'll get the AP post with all the things I've learned on the way!
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My first AP role was in a specialist psychological therapies service for emotional dysregulation, personality disorders and complex trauma.

I used my experience of working with patients with complex trauma and personality disorders as a healthcare assistant on a secure ward when completing my application and in my interview. I wouldn't overthink it too much, there will be something you can draw on from your experience to date, you don't have to have done a very similar job before, just be able to reflect on what you've learnt from your experience so far and how you can apply this.

My experience when I got that job was 8 months on a graduate scheme where I worked mostly as a Healthcare Assistant and then 2 days as an AP in a secure forensic unit, 9 months Support Worker for people with ASD or LD in a residential setting, Bank Support Worker in a homeless shelter for people with substance abuse problems plus volunteering for Victim Support, Rethink, a charity which supported people with Hoarding habits and as a reading mentor for learning difficulties in a high school.

Best of of luck with your application, fingers crossed for you 🙂
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Coxysmelons93 wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 10:33 am My first AP role was in a specialist psychological therapies service for emotional dysregulation, personality disorders and complex trauma.

I used my experience of working with patients with complex trauma and personality disorders as a healthcare assistant on a secure ward when completing my application and in my interview. I wouldn't overthink it too much, there will be something you can draw on from your experience to date, you don't have to have done a very similar job before, just be able to reflect on what you've learnt from your experience so far and how you can apply this.

My experience when I got that job was 8 months on a graduate scheme where I worked mostly as a Healthcare Assistant and then 2 days as an AP in a secure forensic unit, 9 months Support Worker for people with ASD or LD in a residential setting, Bank Support Worker in a homeless shelter for people with substance abuse problems plus volunteering for Victim Support, Rethink, a charity which supported people with Hoarding habits and as a reading mentor for learning difficulties in a high school.

Best of of luck with your application, fingers crossed for you 🙂
That's really comforting thank you! :) For some reason I see 'specialist' and think they wouldn't even consider me.. but I suppose that's me doubting myself. I've worked with a range of complex conditions, with various barriers... I definitely should be able to apply something :lol:

What kind of psychometrics did you tend to utilise.. and what kinds of service evaluation/research did you manage to do? :D I've stated already in my supporting statement my eagerness to engage in service evaluation and my passion for implementing trauma-informed care.
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Brioche wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 2:05 pm
Coxysmelons93 wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 10:33 am My first AP role was in a specialist psychological therapies service for emotional dysregulation, personality disorders and complex trauma.

I used my experience of working with patients with complex trauma and personality disorders as a healthcare assistant on a secure ward when completing my application and in my interview. I wouldn't overthink it too much, there will be something you can draw on from your experience to date, you don't have to have done a very similar job before, just be able to reflect on what you've learnt from your experience so far and how you can apply this.

My experience when I got that job was 8 months on a graduate scheme where I worked mostly as a Healthcare Assistant and then 2 days as an AP in a secure forensic unit, 9 months Support Worker for people with ASD or LD in a residential setting, Bank Support Worker in a homeless shelter for people with substance abuse problems plus volunteering for Victim Support, Rethink, a charity which supported people with Hoarding habits and as a reading mentor for learning difficulties in a high school.

Best of of luck with your application, fingers crossed for you 🙂
That's really comforting thank you! :) For some reason I see 'specialist' and think they wouldn't even consider me.. but I suppose that's me doubting myself. I've worked with a range of complex conditions, with various barriers... I definitely should be able to apply something :lol:

What kind of psychometrics did you tend to utilise.. and what kinds of service evaluation/research did you manage to do? :D I've stated already in my supporting statement my eagerness to engage in service evaluation and my passion for implementing trauma-informed care.
Apologies for the delay, I don't log on here that often.

In the specialist therapies service I only really used CORE-34 and Dialog because we didn't work diagnostically, it was all formulation but when I worked in the forensic unit before that on the graduate scheme I used the Overt Aggression Scale Modified for Neuro Rehabilitation but that was more for observing patterns of behaviour and identifying triggers, I scored quite a few different ones for PD, Autism and PTSD, the only one I can remember the name of though is SCID-II :oops: , I also did some HCR-20V3 risk assessments (under supervision). In the specialist therapies service I mostly did coping skills and trauma psychoeducation groups (plus these 1-1 as well), motivational interviewing and 'safety planning' (which I think might just be a Merseycare thing as they don't do it in my current AP post in north wales), plus lots of admin answering calls, data entry/ spreadsheets and writing letters.

In terms of research and service evaluation, I didn't do any in the forensic grad scheme but I did some audit and service evaluation in the specialist therapy service, mostly around non-attendance of appointments, numbers and appropriateness of referrals and whether referral source was a factor in attendance of initial assessments. We did a service evaluation of the service as a whole as it was a pilot at first, something that hadn't been done in that trust before, but I only had minimal involvement in that service evaluation, mostly just emailing out questionnaires and keeping logs of service user compliments to staff. I also wrote a reflective paper on launching a new psychologically led service and managing risk remotely with the other APs and was lucky enough to get my name on a published case study of good partnership working for one of the clients I worked 1-1 with.

I think every AP post can be quite different, there won't always be research and sometimes it's very admin heavy (from what I've heard) but it's about what you make of it and take from it, I found always offering to help with everything helped me get more audit and shadowing opportunities, if I'd have just got disheartened about the amount of admin vs clinical work I don't think would have got from that role what I have :D
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