Though the second year of my Clinical PhD is seven weeks away, my second year placement is just around the corner. So, I thought I’d post about the coming year now while I’m not juggling research, coursework and a placement.To put it mildly, 2013 is going to be a big year.
In semester one, I’ll attend classes, complete over 300 hours of placement and continue to conduct my research. By semester two I’ll have completed my first placement, begun a new class and be continuing on with my research. Barring extenuating circumstances, these are the things that will definitely happen, but what might happen? And what would I like to happen?
My ‘clinical’ hopes and dreams for 2013:
- I hope that my first placement will be a great opportunity: a chance to put theory into practice; to learn from my supervisor, clients and fellow trainees; to improve and grow in confidence in my clinical skills; to help my clients bring about improvements in their lives; to learn more about where I’d like clinical psychology to take me, essentially to become a better trainee psychologist.
- In 2013, I hope that my coursework will provide me with a chance to engage: to apply what I’ve learned on placement and first year and vice versa, to learn more about CBT, other therapeutic approaches and presenting problems and the different avenues that psychology may take me, in other words, I want to consume and contribute knowledge.
- I hope that this year I will continue to foster the friendships I have made with my fellow trainee psychologists.
My ‘research’ hopes and dreams for 2013
- I’d like to develop my critique and analysis skills: to improve my reading muscle, learn new statistical techniques and become more confident in interpreting and appraising various statistical techniques and study designs.
- I’d like to write: regularly, the chapter for my first study, my case studies, 30, 000 words of my thesis.
- I’d like to finish (and in some cases start!): collecting data for my first three studies
- I’d like to design: a better way to let potential participants know about upcoming research and the overarching study for my PhD.
- And I hope that I will continue to foster the friendships I have made among my fellow PhD students and the faculty.
Clearly, I have a big year ahead. So my most important hope for 2013 is balance: to pull it all off and not lose myself or my social life in my to-do list!
It will be interesting to see if my hopes and dreams for 2013 come to fruition. Wish me luck!