Category Archives: Training

Codependency


Co-dependence is: ‘A painful internal state of low-grade chronic depression which is literally precipitated by intense and chronic mourning for our authentic selves’ John Bradshaw A LIFE OF OTHER-ATION This week’s lecture (and the final one of this term) was on codependence. … Continue reading

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The only theory paper worth writing is how to cure patients


This week’s lecture was the concluding one on Transactional Analysis. Dr Eric Berne’s seminar group from the 1950s developed the term transactional analysis (TA) which described therapies based upon his work. This expanded into the International Transactional Analysis Association. While … Continue reading

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Therapy in the NHS


I have been continuing with my placement in an NHS Mental Health Trust and it seems that with every visit I learn something new.  I had been familiar with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) before the start of my placement through my lectures and … Continue reading

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It is intriguing how some patients can invoke certain feelings and not others


It was good to get back to my psychiatric placement at an NHS Mental Health Trusttoday and to a ward review meeting.  I have been sitting in on clinic sessions at a university hospital with consultant psychiatrists covering new assessments, outpatient follow-up appointments as … Continue reading

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#Paranoidschizophrenia – not that dissimilar in some ways to high blood pressure or diabetes


I have been enjoying my psychiatric observational placement and have had a rich environment in which to observe an NHS mental health care setting. I have been shadowing the consultant psychiatrist in outpatient clinics and in (locked) ward rounds as well … Continue reading

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the 1-1 session between psychiatrist and patient is essentially a business like arrangement


I have now started my psychiatric observational placement and I have been fortunate to secure a place at an NHS Mental Health Trust where medical students are also on placement. I have been sitting in on clinic sessions at a university … Continue reading

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Satellite dishes in London face towards Mecca.


I have now completed the witness service training for a Victim Support placement. It comprised 6 full days and I feel pretty exhausted.  It was interesting to note the changing group dynamics as the course progressed from day to day … Continue reading

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