On Thursday 16th May, I presented to a group of peer-workers and other clinicians at The Alfred, Melbourne. The conversation and subsequent discussion was focused on what it means to have authenticity and what implications that has for our work in mental health services. The talk focused on an idea from Charles Guignon that in … Continue reading Authenticity in mental health services
A friend recently told me that she stopped listening to podcasts from a number of self-help gurus because she was fed up of 'being told what I should do'. As someone who reads, listens to podcasts and consumes information from a range of people, I can appreciate the value of a good idea. However, perhaps like my friend, I’m often overwhelmed by … Continue reading No more ideas, thank you
Yesterday I was due to present at The Alfred in Melbourne about how we can work authentically in mental health services. Storms and strong winds meant that my flight was cancelled so the talk is postponed until 2019. Preparing for this talk I considerd the work of Charles Guignon whose thesis is that we can … Continue reading Cut the crap: working towards authenticity in mental health services
I'm very excited that my first book, 'Becoming a Clinical Psychologist: Everything You Need to Know' is now available for purchase online and in selected stores. The book is the culmination of five years of work for me and my co-author, Amanda Mwale. There are still tickets available for the book launch in London on … Continue reading OUT NOW ‘Becoming a Clinical Psychologist: Everything You Need to Know’
There are different ideas about how we should live our life and what might make a life fulfilling. For some people, this might be working towards a 'dream' that they've always had and for others it might be about living by their values or religious beliefs. At the next Café Psychologique we will be considering … Continue reading Café Psych: What does it mean to have a good life?
Back in June 2013, my friend Amanda and I had just just been offered places on the clinical training courses. We were working as assistant psychologists at Great Ormond Street Hospital where we were surrounded by a wealth of helpful support and resources. This included access to lots of current trainees, qualified clinical psychologists and … Continue reading Book Launch for ‘Becoming a Clinical Psychologist’
With changing service provision and changes to how we support people who experience psychological distress, leadership is becoming increasingly important for clinical psychologists. Below is an essay written during clinical psychology training which provides advice for clinical psychologists who want to develope their leadership skills. The first two parts of the essay provide the historical context of leadership … Continue reading Clinical Psychology and Leadership