“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!””

Call for participants – qualified counselling psychologists

Lai Tang is undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton. She would like to invite counselling psychologists with a minimum of 1-year experience post qualification to help with her research: AN EXPLORATION OF SOCIAL CLASS WITHIN THE THERAPEUTIC DYAD  Social class can be viewed as a psychological construct: how people experienceContinue reading “Call for participants – qualified counselling psychologists”

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”

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”

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”

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?”