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Psychology Uncovered 2010 - Clinical Neuropsychology


13th October 2010 …

13th October 2010

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  • 1. Psychology Careers Uncovered Dr Sanjay Sunak BSc (Hons), MSc, PG Dip, PsychD Clinical Neuropsychologist Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, London
  • 2. Overview
    • My background and qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist
    • What does a Clinical Neuropsychologist do?
    • Challenges and rewards
    • What to do for experience
    • Questions
  • 3. My background and qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist
    • Undergraduate degree & voluntary experiences
    • Postgraduate degrees & salaried posts
    • Myth busting...
  • 4. Clinical Psychology Doctorate myth busting!
    • It’s so competitive I’ll spend years applying and never getting an offer
    • If I don’t have Psychology Assistant experience I won’t get offered an interview
    • [Brunel’s Psychology courses confer Graduate Basis of Registration for the BPS]
  • 5. What does a Clinical Neuropsychologist do?
    • Extremely diverse and open to a variety of different approaches
      • e.g. working with teams & leadership, 1:1 work with patients, working with groups of patients, working with families
    • Since Monday last week....
  • 6. A snapshot of my working week
    • ‘ Diagnostic Assessment Clinic’
    • Family work
    • Assessment and rehabilitation (1:1 patient work)
    • Supervision & complex case discussion with my team
    • Teaching the Trainee Clinical Psychologists at Surrey
    • [Different settings]
  • 7. A little more on assessment and rehabilitation
    • Assessment
      • Intelligence tests, memory, concentration, visuospatial skills, executive skills (initiation, planning, organisation etc.)
    • Rehabilitation
      • Compensatory strategies
  • 8. What is wrong (and right) with this clock drawing?
  • 9. Challenges & rewards
    • Neuro rehab is a little bit like the film ‘Inception’
    • Mixture of both complex assessment skills and intervention/therapy skills: individual patients, groups of patients, families, NHS teams etc.
    • Leadership
  • 10. What to do for experience
    • Relevant experience would be working closely with people that a clinical psychologist may see
    • This experience could be obtained in any setting
    • Equal weight is given to clinically-relevant experience obtained whilst carrying out research
    • Relevant experience may be paid or unpaid
  • 11. What to do for experience
    • Google “Careers within the IAPT initiative”
    • Specifically neuropsychology
      • PhD students in a relevant field who need an assistant
      • voluntary work in relevant UK charities (e.g. Stroke Association, Headway) and care settings for people with brain injury
      • honorary assistant psychologist posts for research (psychometric assessment experience)
  • 12. Thank you for listening! Questions?