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Becoming a Clinical Psychologist

Everything You Need to Know, 1st Edition

By Steven Mayers, Amanda Mwale

Routledge

146 pages

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Description

Becoming a Clinical Psychologist: Everything You Need to Know brings together all the information you need to pursue a career in this competitive field.

This essential guide includes up-to-date information and guidance about a career in clinical psychology and gaining a place on clinical psychology training in the UK. It answers the questions all aspiring psychologists need to know, such as:

  • What is clinical psychology?
  • What is it like to train and work as a clinical psychologist?
  • How to make the most of your work and research experience.
  • How to prepare for clinical psychology applications and interviews.
  • Is clinical psychology the right career for me?

By cutting through all the jargon, and providing detailed interviews with trained and trainee clinical psychologists, Becoming a Clinical Psychologist will provide psychology graduates or undergrads considering a career in this area with all the tools they need. 

Reviews

Clinical psychology training is a popular but demanding option for psychology graduates. This thoughtful, thorough book will equip you with all the information you need about how to prepare for the process, how to survive it, and the kind of career that will await you if you are successful.

Dr Lucy Johnstone, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

This clear, easy to read and accessible introduction to the profession of clinical psychology provides a comprehensive description of the breadth of the profession, the multiple roles practitioners can occupy and the variety of settings their skill set enables them to work in. Those who have no prior knowledge of the profession will be fully informed of the diversity of the job by the end of the book. Through the use of real life case studies and quotes from trainee and qualified clinical psychologists, the authors are able to give a true feel for what it is like to work in clinical services with a range of different client groups, or to act in a consultancy, training or supervisory role.

These issues are covered in the first part of the book. The second half focuses on giving helpful guidance to those wishing to pursue a career in the profession through suggestions on how to gain relevant experience and ideas on how to tackle the task of applying for clinical training. With UK applications currently considerably out-numbering training places, the information provided is insightful, detailed and specific. Again, case studies illustrate actual experiences and demonstrate the variation in experience that can be gained during training. The authors don’t hide the difficulties and challenges that can be encountered and are honest in their appraisal of the likelihood of repeated application attempts. "Have a go" sections are helpful in encouraging readers to think through issues and will help prepare them for the task of completing an application.

Reading this thorough and detailed book will inform those interested in knowing more about what being a clinical psychologist involves and support and encourage those for whom becoming a clinical psychologist is their chosen career goal.

Dr Imogen Rushworth, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Admissions Lead, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements…………………………………………………………………….……………….

How to use this book…………………………………………………………………..………………

Key terms and organisations…………………………………………………………………..………

Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………….……….

Chapter one: what is a clinical psychologist?………………………………………………………………..

Chapter two: what is it like to train as a clinical psychologist?……………………………………….

Chapter three: what is it like to work as a clinical psychologist?…………………………………….

Chapter four: how can I make the most of my psychology degree and work experience?….

Chapter five: how do I prepare for applications, interviews and take care of myself?……….

Chapter six: how do I know if clinical psychology is for me?………………………………………….

Appendix …………………………………………………………………………….…

References…………………………………………………………………….……………

About the Authors

Steven Thomas Mayers is a UK trained clinical psychologist currently working in Sydney, Australia. Since 2007, Steve has worked in a wide range of contexts with a variety of service user groups and professional teams in mental health, physical health, neuropsychology and social care settings in the UK and Australia.

Amanda Lindiwe Mwale is a Zimbabwe-born clinical psychologist who trained and currently works in London, UK. Amanda has worked in and conducted research with different groups of individuals and in a variety of clinical settings, including neuropsychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, adult mental health and intellectual disabilities.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY007000
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology