By Ms Katherine Cheshire, Professor David Pilgrim
A brief advent to medical Psychology provides an obtainable evaluation of the sector for psychology scholars and somebody contemplating education as a medical psychologist.
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One first year trainee remarked: I was panicking about the prospect of seeing patients and not having any sort of recipe book to follow…I didn’t realise perhaps how much of what I’ve done before and what I know myself that I would have to bring. This uncertainty gave rise to the greatest anxiety as well as frustration and disappointment in the early stages of the course because of trainees’ expectations that the course would ‘answer everything’. qxd 46 3/12/04 3:55 PM Page 46 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY These new trainees frequently alluded to themselves as ‘pretend psychologists’ and expressed concern about being exposed as novices by their patients.
It has done so because the model is an essential feature of the identity projected by clinical psychologists in order to differentiate themselves from psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and other therapists. Over the past ten years the boundary work of clinical psychologists has been assisted in this respect by the findings of the Mowbray Report. qxd 3/12/04 7:21 PM Page 39 THE KNOWLEDGE BASE OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY 39 As noted in Chapter 1, Mowbray concluded that only clinical psychologists possess level 3 skills: the ability, as applied scientists, to problem-solve using a broad base of psychological knowledge.
For many years there have been substantially more applicants than training places: hence the delays introduced by this bottleneck. We will return to this problem below, since the dearth of training places has been the catalyst for recent proposals to restructure clinical training in Britain. First, however, we will consider how this protracted passage through training is experienced by aspiring clinical psychologists. The passage through clinical training: trainee perspectives The following account derives from the doctoral thesis of one of the present authors, which examined the professional socialisation of clinical psychology trainees (Cheshire, 2000).