“Stay on the f***ing bus!”

“Stay on the fucking bus!”: Persisting with your doctoral research. In 2004, American-Finnish photographer, Arno Minkkinen, gave a graduation speech in which he outlined his theory on the difference between success and failure in one’s career. This difference, he claimed, lay in the operation of Helsinki Bus Station*. He called this theory…….The Helsinki Bus Station Theory.Continue reading ““Stay on the f***ing bus!””

How to fail your psychodynamic case report

In my current and previous course team roles, I’ve been responsible for courses that attempt to teach psychoanalytic theory to trainee counselling psychologists. The usual means of assessing this is the case report, where the trainee writes up a piece of work where they have attempted to intervene psychoanalytically, or sometimes, a piece of workContinue reading “How to fail your psychodynamic case report”

Resources for your doctoral research

When I’m supervising doctoral theses, I’m often surprised at the extent to which trainees are unaware of the high quality resources that are around to help.  So I’ve put together some of my favourites, but do feel free to let me know any of your favourites that I’ve missed!

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”

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”

Is it a word? It sounds like a word! The final stages of writing-up

I’m in the final stages of writing-up my thesis. More accurately, I’m swirling round the dark abyss that is thesis-prison. I’ve dropped so far down the rabbit-hole that I’ve turned to creative writing as a break from the research. It’s like doing anything too different would have disastrous consequences. I’d be coming up to theContinue reading “Is it a word? It sounds like a word! The final stages of writing-up”