The challenges of training in research and practice?

The challenges of training in research and practice? A cup of coffee with Nick Midgley Isabel: I was recently asked to deliver a talk about the challenges of training people to be both practitioners and researchers in counselling psychology, which I found an interesting question… So I thought I would ask about your experience ofContinue reading “The challenges of training in research and practice?”

Criticality is critical in your literature review

Examine carefully the behaviour of these people: Find it surprising though not unusual Inexplicable though normal Incomprehensible though it is the rule. Consider even the most insignificant, seemingly simple Action with distrust. Ask yourself whether it is necessary Especially if it is usual. We ask you expressly to discover That what happens all the timeContinue reading “Criticality is critical in your literature review”

Autonomy, change and imagination in a brave new world

In this blog post, trainee counselling psychologist Anastasios Argyropoulos reflects on Paul Verhaeghe’s article ‘Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us’.   In one of his articles in the Guardian, Paul Verhaeghe shared views that are eloquently elaborated in his book What about Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-based Society. He invited usContinue reading “Autonomy, change and imagination in a brave new world”

A viva gets you drunk on one glass of wine

Our guest writer, Emily Brookes, finally had her viva!  Do feel free to check out our website for details of our clinical supervision register and our research support services! The night before my viva I got drunk from one glass of wine. I don’t know if nerves have the same impact on alcohol as not eatingContinue reading “A viva gets you drunk on one glass of wine”

The Forgotten Bridge in process reports

Ah, the process report.  No one escapes counselling psychology training without turning out at least a couple, and quite right too, for the process report demonstrates oodles of developing competencies.  Make sure your knickers are clean, because this kind of assessment shows everything: whether you understand theory, whether you can apply it in practice, whetherContinue reading “The Forgotten Bridge in process reports”

Bending the rules: the secrets I rarely confess

or Ruling the bends: authorising ourselves to practice In this post, guest writer Emily Brookes, and Dr Russel Ayling discuss Emily’s experience of ‘bending the rules’, and Russel’s re-thinking of this idea: understanding our bentness, perhaps, or rather, ‘ruling our bends’.  The more I have talked to my psychology friends the more I have comeContinue reading “Bending the rules: the secrets I rarely confess”

No eating near the portfolios! Handing in the baby

Our guest writer, Emily Brookes, is a soon-to-be-vivaed final year trainee counselling psychologist. Do feel free to check out our website for details of our clinical supervision register and our research support services! My proof reader really has done an excellent job. She’s changed things I wouldn’t even have thought of and as I read throughContinue reading “No eating near the portfolios! Handing in the baby”

Counselling Psychology is in the eye of the beholder

It’s a very interesting discussion that has been stirred up, by Dr Russel Ayling and Emily Brookes, around the essence of the Counselling Psychologist: a discussion that seems to be lurking underneath the surface of most modules that I have attended as part of my Doctorate course, discussions with colleagues, conference material and even theContinue reading “Counselling Psychology is in the eye of the beholder”

What do Counselling Psychologists do?

As Russel Ayling published his blog post on branding last week I was experiencing some of the issues he speaks about in situ. I was trying to explain to a friend newly embarking on her clinical training what it is that counselling psychologists actually do. The conversation had come about when she told me thatContinue reading “What do Counselling Psychologists do?”