Report on Third Year Wilderness Challenge

Trainees take on the ‘wilderness’ and raise £1,548 for The Laura Centre  Our earlier blog – see https://psychologycultures.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/taking-on-a-wild-wild-test-for-the-laura-centre/ discussed the motivation behind the Wild Wild Test and why we decided to fundraise for the Laura Centre. Now that we have completed it, we felt we’d like to share our experiences with you. The ‘Wild’ as…

The Importance of Both Relationship and Technique: Reflections on a Conference on Psychological Therapies in the NHS

Clinical Psychologist Chris Clinch presents a personal summary of his experiences at the DCP South West Conference in February 2016 Chris Clinch (Clinical Psychologist in Somerset) writes a personal summary of his experiences at the conference, which was then shared through the Division of Clinical Psychology network and reproduced here with a light edit by…

‘I could almost feel my mind expanding’; Trainee Clinical Psychologist Lauren Wright enthuses about her visit to America

Lauren reflects on the first joint staff-trainee visit to the clinical psychology programme at James Madison University In April 2016, Emma, Sarah, Jerry and I (creatively dubbed ‘Team America’) were incredibly fortunate to embark on an international placement to Harrisonburg in Virginia. This felt particularly special as this was also the first time it had been offered as…

The nature of social defences in our changing world

Arabella Kurtz reviews Armstrong and Rustin’s important and fascinating edited book on the relevance of the social defence model to the NHS today (oh and neoliberalism and the small matter of the global market economy) My review of David Armstrong and Michael Rustin’s much recommended book ‘Social Defences Against Anxiety: Explorations in a Paradigm’ (Karnac Books, 2014) for…