Psychology Uncovered 2010 - Clinical Neuropsychology

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Psychology Uncovered 2010 - Clinical Neuropsychology

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

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