What to Expect in an Initial Clinical Assessment

We at PsychAssist receive so many questions from Psychology Students/Graduates around life after graduation. Recently we received a barrage of messages around what actually happens when a client comes into a service for the first time. For many, this is a real source of anxiety as many psych grads become overwhelmed with a sense of Imposter Syndrome once they are face to face with a service user. Nevertheless, PsychAssist is here to alleviate any concerns you have around what to do in an Initial Clinical Assessment. Within this post we will explore the main themes within every Initial Assessment so you can prepare for when you are eventually doing these types of assessments.

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To Be or Not to be…An Educational Psychologist

There is a serious lack of information on the internet regarding how to become an Educational Psychologist. We always here the cliché of Psychology Graduates wanting to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, however have you ever considered Educational Psychology? This is often a close second to most Psych Grads, however most don’t even know where to begin. Within this Guest post by Chrissie Fitch, we go deep into what Educational Psychology is along with what you can do to get there. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE CUT OUT TO BE AN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST?

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When Psychology Graduates Should Move on From A Post

Lately, Psychology Graduates have been messaging the team on the topic of when to leave a job post, or when to start job hunting. Unfortunately there isn’t a one size fits all answer we can give in this scenario, as everyone is different and every situation is unique. Having said that; we at PsychAssist have noticed similarities in many Psychology Graduates that have left posts and we have condensed these into four reasons why people leave job posts. Hopefully within this post you will be able to spot the signs it may be time to start looking elsewhere for new clinical experiences.

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4 Things Every Assistant Psychologist Should know

Recently, we at PsychAssist have received a large number of messages, particularly from new Assistant Psychologists, asking for our advice on what they need to know as AP’s. This sparked an idea for an article as every Psychology Graduates dreams of landing an Assistant Psychologist job; however once they achieve this, they develop a sudden onset of Imposter Syndrome. Within this post we aim to explore the 4 things every new Assistant Psychologists should know before they begin this chapter of their lives. Hopefully you pick up some tips that will help you develop into the clinician we know you’re capable of being.

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How to choose which DClinPsy Course is Right for You

As many of you are aware, it’s Clinical Psychology Doctorate Application Season, which means a very stressful time for many of you. This is where PsychAssist comes in as we aim to answer any questions you may have on this topic. For many, this is a daunting process and one of the most frequent questions we hear are “how do I choose which University is right for me?” Of course everyone is different, but there have been recurring themes we hear from qualified Clinical Psychologists, around how they chose which University was right for them. Within this article we will explore the factors you should consider when choosing your four university choices.

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MYTH BUSTING THE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY DOCTORATE

If you haven’t heard already, ITS CLINICAL DOCTORATE APPLICATION SEASON, and here at PsychAssist were on a mission to give all you Doctorate hopefuls all the information you need. Now this post was one we have waited a long time to publish. Over the years, we have heard some absolutely outrageous MYTHS by Psychology Graduates who one day hopes to get onto clinical training. We therefore decided to, once and for all, get rid of the myths frequently told to Psychology Graduates about getting onto the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Course. So here are just a few that we have heard; I guarantee you’ve heard some of these as well.

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Why you Shouldn’t Apply for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate

It’s that time of year again. Clinical Psychology Doctorate application season is officially open and this comes with a lot of questions from Psychology Graduates. The main question we hear is an age old question “AM I READY TO APPLY?” The only issue is many other psychology websites give generic answers to this question. One example being, “ONLY APPLY WHEN YOU FEEL READY”. As you can see this can be quite frustrating to some hopefuls who feel that they will never “feel ready”. Luckily, PsychAssist is here to try to help guide Psychology Graduates in finding out if they are “ready” for Clinical Training.. Within this post we will explore 3 reasons why you SHOULDN’T apply for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate programme.

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3 Things I Learnt from Completing A Masters

Having completed a MSc in Health Psychology, there’s a bunch of things I can list off the top of my head that I have learnt from doing a Masters. Tom named 3 previously that I would say in a split second also, so here’s just a few more in case you were wondering… (Check out Thomas Hadden's Lessons From An MSc Graduate)

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What to Expect in A Clinical Doctorate Interview

As you may be aware, IT’S CLINICAL DOCTORATE APPLICATION SEASON! Which probably means that you’re stressing about getting your application in, whilst silently hoping that this is your year to get onto the course? Nevertheless, have you ever asked yourself, “What actually happens at a Clinical Doctorate Interview?” This is something may of Psychology Graduates ask; however there is hardly any information out there on this topic. Within this post we will discuss the 3 main elements of ANY Clinical Doctorate Interview.

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Timeline: Clinical Psychology Doctorate Application Process

It’s that time of year again. You know that air of optimism from Psychology Graduates feeling confident that this is “Their Year” to get onto the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. Nevertheless if you’re a recent graduate (and anything like I was), you probably have never heard of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. This inspired us to make a timeline for all you “new” Psychology Graduates to the application season. Within this article we will discuss each stage of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate and when you are likely to hear from the different Universities.

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Mind-set of an Assistant Psychologist

I hear a lot of Psychology Graduates and Students speak about what it takes to be an Assistant Psychologist. You hear so many different answers to this question; however not a lot about the mind-set you develop as an Assistant Psychologist. Most Assistant Psychologists find it difficult to acknowledge that there thought processes and thinking has changed considerably since they first took on the role as an Assistant. This gave us the idea of researching the main mental paradigm shifts nearly all Assistant Psychologists go through to give Students & Graduates an idea of what’s to come.

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So What do PWP’s Actually Do?

This is a question I hear more and more Psychology Graduates ask me. This is the job role that would be ideal for any Graduate looking to put all the learnt theory into practice; however UNIVERSITIES DON’T PROMOTE THIS JOB ROLE ENOUGH in my opinion. I remember when I first decided I wanted to pursue a career in Psychology; I thought my days would consist of seeing clients and then formulating what they needed for the next session. I was shocked that it took me A WHOLE YEAR OUT OF UNIVERSITY to find such a job role that I could have jumped into straight away without needing a doctorate. If you’re interested in knowing what this magical job role consists of then read below on WHAT PWP’s ACTUALLY DO.

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The 4 Fundamentals of Research

This is a guest post by Dr Liam Satchell, who has come a long way from failing his Psychology A level to completing his PhD and is now a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of West London’s Department of Law and Criminology. His research focuses on the use of personality psychology in forensic and security settings and has worked with educational, animal welfare and political psychology research. Liam is passionate about getting undergraduate (UG) students and the public involved in the research process. He has created UG-focused research teams like the First Real Impressions and Engagement in Naturalistic Designs (FRIENDS) group and frequently gives talks about the nature of forensic psychology research to children, families and older adults.

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Why you Should Join the BPS

We wrote an article a few weeks back that received a lot of attention called Why You Shouldn’t Join The BPS!. As you know, PsychAssist aims to give all Students and Graduates a balanced view of life after University. Some of you may choose to join the British Psychological Society (BPS) and some of you may not. What matters is that you have ALL of the information, so you can make your own mind up. Within this article, we will explore the 3 Reasons why you Should Join the BPS.

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4 Lessons From A Trainee Counselling Psychologist

Going into counselling psychology can be a demanding process. The investment you make in personal development comes with the need to take on constructive feedback and apply it to your learning on a daily basis. Like any other doctoral course, the expectations of academic and skill development are high. I have to say that I wouldn’t have it any other way. Setting out on the journey of becoming a counselling psychologist is challenging, but it is without a doubt the most eye opening and exhilarating process I have ever undertaken. As a current trainee, a few of the steps I have learned along the way I think will help those of you in the process of becoming a counselling psychologist, or considering it.

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Why you DON’T Need an MSc in Psychology

Previously PsychAssist wrote an article on the 5 Reasons why you should have a Masters in Psychology which received a lot of attention and sparked a lot of conversations. Nevertheless, since that article was published, we have been inundated with enquiries from Students and Graduates wanting to know if their situation warranted an MSc. This gave us an idea. The only information currently out there are University propaganda campaigns that lure unsuspecting Psychology Graduates to spend even more money on a MSc course, even when they DON’T need one. Within this post, we will discuss the 3 reasons why you DON’T need an MSc in Psychology (Universities are going to hate me for this…….).

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Why You Shouldn’t Join The BPS!

There’s an internal national debate going on at this moment in time. Many Graduates and Qualified Psychologists are increasingly questioning their memberships to the BPS and wonder what VALUE they get from being a member. Yes it’s nice to have MBPsS next to your name, however most Students/graduates probably don’t even know what that means. This gave us the inspiration to look into this further and to gather opinions from different people (members and non-members) to weigh up the Pros and Cons of being a member. Within this post we will explore WHY YOU SHOULDN’T JOIN THE BPS.

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The Worst things about being an Assistant Psychologist

For years I have heard many graduates say “you need to get an Assistant Psychologist role” and always view these posts as the be all and end all. I have been an Assistant Psychologist for years and granted it has been very rewarding and amazing at times. Nevertheless, no job is perfect so I thought I would write a post about the Worst Things about being an Assistant Psychologist that may help inform your decision when applying for these roles.

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5 Application Mistakes by Psychology Graduates

This is a post that has been bubbling for a while. I’ve asked every psychologist I know within my trust and other trusts about the common mistakes they see in applications from Support Workers to Assistant Psychologist. A lot of the mistakes outlined below can easily be rectified and hopefully land you that all important relevant job role. Do you recognise any of these common mistakes in your application?

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So you got a 2:2, Now What?

I must hear this question at least 10 times in a week. “PsychAssist, I got a 2:2, my Psychology Career is over before it’s begun, what can I do?” The short answer is, YOU CAN DO A LOT WITH A 2:2, it just means the already difficult road ahead, just got a little harder. Within this post we will discuss the 4 things you need to do if you received a 2:2 classification in your undergraduate degree. Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world and here’s why……

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