Work Experience and Volunteering


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Presentation by Victoria Absalom-Hornby, part of the Careers in Psychology event at The University of Manchester, March 2010.

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Work Experience and Volunteering

  1. 1. Work Experience and Volunteering Victoria Absalom-Hornby Slides from Psychology Careers Event March 2010 All of our handouts are copyright MLP, Careers and Employability Division
  2. 2. Victoria Absalom-Hornby <ul><li>Experience: </li></ul><ul><li>Acute mental health nursing assistant 2003-2005 </li></ul><ul><li>BSc Hons Psychology in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Psychologist post in older adult 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>MIND volunteer in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Psychologist post in child and adolescent 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Research Assistant 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>PhD student 2007-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>PG Dip CBT 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Care Cognitive Behaviour Therapist 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturer (MSc Clinical & Health) 2010 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Qualifications & skills <ul><li>Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>BSc or degree level with GBC </li></ul><ul><li>MSc, PG Dip, Doctorate (PhD, PsychD courses) </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical and research skills </li></ul><ul><li>Professional conduct (BPS, 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Therapist / research qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge, Skills & Attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Professional membership (BPS, BABCP) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Research Experience <ul><li>Full spectrum: from completing a national ethics application & attending the meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison – selling the research & recruitment at research sites </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing & assessment measures </li></ul><ul><li>Data input & analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Interpretation & write up </li></ul><ul><li>Submitting papers to Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting at professional conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming the problems in research & defending the research </li></ul>
  5. 5. Research Assistant TIPS <ul><li>Look within the University for staff who share your research interests </li></ul><ul><li>Contact people – email, knock on doors, network within your research community </li></ul><ul><li>Show willing to do research </li></ul><ul><li>Offer to volunteer- almost always leads to paid work </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up to UoM job vacancies: </li></ul>
  6. 6. Clinical Experience <ul><li>Working with a range of clients: children & families, adults, older adults, learning difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Different areas: primary care, secondary care, forensic services, prisons, voluntary sector, NHS, private healthcare </li></ul><ul><li>Different presentations: anxiety, depression, psychosis, self esteem, trauma, eating disorders, image disorders, learning problems, crime, violence and aggression, substance misuse, personality disorders…. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Clinical skills <ul><li>Demonstrating key skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Formulation </li></ul><ul><li>Intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Working professionally and competently throughout with appropriate clinical supervision </li></ul>
  8. 8. Skills : Assessment, formulation, interventions, evaluation, liaison, SPSS, report writing, ethics, professional conduct, communication. Skills : Reflective, organised, mindful, motivated, assertive, respectful, teamwork. Skills : Evidenced based practice, awareness, learning, updating knowledge, new approaches, autonomy. Skills : Dedicated, productive, decisive, continued professional development, teaching, supportive. Training Clinical supervision Research Clinical work Assistant Psychologist role
  9. 9. Assistant Psychologist TIPS <ul><li>Get clinical supervision by a psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>Push for more responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Get experience with all client groups </li></ul><ul><li>Make contacts – network! </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of different routes: CBT, Counselling, Educational, Clinical, Occupational, Forensic, Sport, Health psychology! </li></ul><ul><li>Useful contacts: </li></ul><ul><li>British Psychological Society (BPS) </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester Assistant Psychologist Group (MAPG) [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology Society (UoM) </li></ul><ul><li> [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>NHS advertised posts </li></ul>
  10. 10. Psychology Society (PsiSoc) <ul><li>PSG was set up in 2006 by two research assistants feeling isolated in the world of research. </li></ul><ul><li>The group co-ordination has now developed into a team of psychology minded individuals from clinical and research areas within the University. </li></ul><ul><li>Each co-ordinator has a full time job or studentship in addition to running PsiSoc and each give their free time to the group on a voluntary basis. </li></ul><ul><li>PsiSoc run monthly meetings and events to support psychology interested individuals and provide Psi magazine with useful information. </li></ul><ul><li>Our next meeting: April 26 th about clinical psychology skills in the UK and Australia (Coupland 1 building, 12-1pm) </li></ul><ul><li>After the success of our last debate, look out for our next PsiSoc debate – Spring 2010! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: request to join </li></ul>