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A Psychology Student's Mental Experience

Begin the Countdown!

I finally have my references in, my enhanced CRB has been returned (all clear!), and now I have a start date for my placement: 1st Sep! I just need to rush my placement approval form through then I can begin! šŸ™‚

I will be working in a secure forensic ward, however it looks like my work will be centred mainly around drug and alcohol dependency. My role will include
-Assisting with coordinating and running group therapy sessions in a mixture of therapeutic approaches.
-Attending and contributing to meetings at the team and service level.
-Using research and analysis skills to monitor, evaluate, and improve services.
-Producing reports which summarise information, using Office and statistical software.
-Literature research to assist the psychologists.
-I will receive an hour of clinical supervision a week

I am really incredibly excited to start this placement! There is a lot that scares me though. I have never worked with offenders before, or with substance abuse, so I am very nervous about that because it is a whole new area that is so far completely unknown to me! I also have quite deep fears along the lines of: what if I can’t do it? What if I’m not good enough? Will they expect me to know more than I do? Will I end up making a fool of myself and looking stupid?
I know that I am being silly. I Will just have to box up those emotions and fears and put them on a shelf – I can come back to them after I have been in the role a few weeks.

I have finished working at the canteen now. In many ways it is a pity, I met some fantastic people there and really enjoyed working with them. Hopefully we will all stay in touch, and I am looking forward to working with them again next year. Here’s to the “More massive”!

I have almost finished my level 2 qualification in mental health work in the community. I have about three more tasks to write up and hand in then, providing I don’t need to do any more work on any of my assignments I’ve handed in so far, I can hand my completed folder in to be sent for assessment. Also on Tuesday evening I have the exam, a multiple choice online exam. Of course I’m nervous, but after doing a mock exam in class (and acing it) I am confident in my ability to pass the exam first time.

My level three course should be starting in the next week or two. While the level two has been very vocational, with lots of reflective work, observed interaction with service users, and so on, level three is much more academic and involves more university-style research and essay writing.

I had the first part of a two part training this week. This session was about the NHS and mental health (particularly the borough of Camden where the training was held), where it is now and what the future changes are. Unsurprisingly this meant discussing mainly about the financial cuts, and the Personalisation scheme that is being rolled out in the mental health sector. I Will be writing an article about this for the next Psychology Newsletter so watch this space! The second part of the training was all about mental health legislation, including a very quick dummies guide to Section 2,3 and some others (parts of the Mental Health Act which give legal rights, for example, to detain a patient against their will if they are a danger to themself or others). I found it very useful to be taught these in such a simple way.

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3 thoughts on “Begin the Countdown!

  1. You’ll do great. I remember when you were all freaking out about just getting into uni, and then starting and being able to cope. You’re doing all of those things now and doing them well. Just remember that you don’t have to know everything up front – you’re learning. Go get ’em!

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