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Archive of email updates

This page lists previous updates which are emailed out about once a month. You can join or leave this list via the what's new page.

The updates are listed most recent first:


Update 8

11th August 2004

Hello and welcome to the 8th update on psyclick.org.uk

* * * * * Contents * * * * *

=> What kind of clinical psychologist do you want to be?
=> Assistant / graduate groups
=> Learning from the job
=> Threads on the forum
=> Fancy reviewing a book?
=> Spreading the word - ideas?
=> How to unsubscribe

* * * * *

Hello, hope this email finds you well. A fairly brief update this time, so I'll cut to the chase...


* What kind of clinical psychologist do you want to be? *

That's the title of a 1 day conference in Birmingham, organised by the DCP Affiliates Group for 3rd September. Four leading clinical psychologists will speak about what kind of clinical psychologist they are, and will each facilitate a workshop in the afternoon. It will also be a great chance to meet with people from around the country also interested in clinical psychology.

I have to declare a bit of an interest as I'm on the committee, but I'd be plugging this anyway because I think it's going to be interesting and give a different angle on things. And it won't cost an arm and a proverbial. Hope to see you there!

http://www.bps.org.uk/sub-syst/dcp/Affiliates/index.cfm


* Assistant / graduate groups *

This is the time of year when people leave assistant posts to start clincal training, or to move on to another post. Graduate / assistant groups also tend to change 'management' at this time, and I've updated the contact details for a few on the 'Groups' page. If you know you group is changing hands, please take a minute to check the page, and let me know if they're out of date.

http://www.psyclick.org.uk/groups


* Threads on the forum *

Here are some current threads generating lively discussion on the forum:

> Personal mental health problems - to disclose or not disclose?
> Do you really need to be able to drive to get an assistant post?
> What makes an assistant post interesting and worthwhile?
> Keeping a balance between work and 'real life'
> Some more job adverts, and offers of voluntary work

... and plenty more. Of course, whatever you want to discuss, feel free and get involved.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/forum


* Fancy reviewing a book? *

I recently came across 'A Short Introduction to Clinical Psychology' by Katherine Cheshire and David Pilgrim. I haven't read it, but if you have, perhaps you could tell other psyclick readers what you think. Information on the 'Reading' page:
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/reading


* Spreading the word *

I've been thinking about some kind of publicity drive for psyclick in the new academic year, perhaps mailing a poster to all undergrad departments. I would be interested to hear of any ideas you might have to spread the word about the site. Please see this thread in the forum:
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=692

As ever, the poster is available to download here:
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/downloads


* How to unsubscribe *

If you ever want to unsubscribe from this list, just enter your email address on the "What's new" page:
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/whatsnew

Alternatively, click on the link at the very foot of this email.

All the best,
Ben


Update 7

22nd May 2004

Hello and welcome to the 7th (and long overdue) update on psyclick.org.uk

* * * * * Contents * * * * *

=> Welcome
=> Interviews - your views?
=> Assistant / graduate groups
=> Learning from the job
=> Forum - getting busy
=> Cancer research
=> Spread the word
=> How to unsubscribe

* * * * *

* Welcome *

A loooong overdue update this one - sorry for the lack of communication since last May! There have been a few additions to the site, although most activity is on the forum (more on that later). There are now 500 people subscribed to this mailing list!

It's that time of year again. Good luck to all those who are waiting to hear for offers and congrats to those who have a place lined up for the autumn. Commiserations to those who had no interviews - better luck next time if you decide to have another go next year. And all the best to any undergrads on this list if you've got exams/results looming.

* Interviews - your views? *

If you have had interviews this year, I'd be grateful for a few notes on your impressions. Just some brief comments and observations on the format and style of the day. It would also be good to hear if you are offered feedback if you're unsuccessful - there seems to be a range in the timing, quantity and quality of feedback from courses. For some examples, see...
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/courses

* Assistant / graduate groups *

Since last May, there have been a few additions to the contact details for local groups. These include East Anglia, East of Scotland, Suffolk and Trent.

As ever, if you know of any others that are not listed, please get in touch.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/groups

* Threads on the forum *

The forum is by far the most useful thing on psyclick at present - and certainly the most frequently updated!

There are about 570 people registered to use it, and over 2600 articles posted. Discussion threads that might interest you include:

> Job adverts posted by forum members
> Usefulness of feedback from courses
> Personal experiences of therapy
> Routes for non-psychology graduates
> Agenda for Change

... and plenty more. Of course, whatever you want to discuss, feel free and get involved.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/forum

* Learning from the job *

Yvonne Waft, now a trainee on the Leeds course, kindly wrote an article on making the most from your 'relevant experience'. As she says, "courses are looking for what you have learnt, not what you've done". It's been there a while now, but in case you missed it...
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/articles-learning

* Cancer research *

Just a quick mention for this international project to find potential cancer drugs. You just run a small program on your PC which does big clever sums in the background while you work. We have 4 members so far - the more the merrier!
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/cancerresearch

* Spread the word *

OK, so it's a standing item in these email updates, but there are plenty of people out there who could make use of psyclick but don't know it exists.

So, if you feel other people might find the site useful, you can use a simple form to email them with the address. You could also download and display an A4 poster from the "downloads" page - you could put it up on a departmental notice board.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/refer
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/downloads

* How to unsubscribe *

If you ever want to unsubscribe from this list, just enter your email address on the "What's new" page:
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/whatsnew

Alternatively, click on the link at the very foot of this email.

All the best,
Ben


Update 6

14th May 2003

Hello and welcome to the 6th update on psyclick.org.uk

* * * * *
Contents
* * * * *

=> Welcome
=> Groups - Wales, Birmingham, Oxfordshire
=> Course interviews - what did you make of them?
=> Course application forms - two more, and a warning!
=> Money back - reclaim tax on professional subs
=> Forum - get involved!
=> Spread the word - new referral form
=> How to unsubscribe
=> Good luck / congratulations / commiserations

* * * * *

A special welcome if this is the first update you have received - about 60 people have joined since the last update, so it's good to see that interest and awareness about the site keeps growing. It got a mention in 'The Psychologist' this month, which was encouraging. And the site had its 10000th hit this week!

A fair amount has been added to the site since the last update, but I've not had time to do an update until now due to preparation for course interviews. So here goes...

* Groups *

I have added details on groups in south Wales, Birmingham and Oxfordshire. Details for the north Wales group have been updated. If you know of any other regional groups not listed on my site, please get in touch.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/groups
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/contact

* Course interviews *

As the interview season draws to an end, I would particularly like to hear people's impressions of courses and their interviews, personal stories, or general tips. I'm still compiling course interview questions, but there are more than enough to give you an idea of what sort of thing to expect. If you have anything to share, please get in touch.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/courses

* Course application forms *

There are two more example application forms to download, thanks to a couple of kind contributors. I've also added a little warning about the limits and dangers of reading other folk's forms. Seems sort of obvious, but course selectors already get many good but 'samey' forms.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/downloads#forms

* Reclaiming tax on professional subscriptions *

If you are a BPS member working as a psychologist, you can claim income tax relief on your membership fees. More information, and an example letter (which I used to successfully claim this money), is available at...
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/downloads#tax

* Forum *

Activity on the discussion forum continues to grow, slowly but surely. If you haven't used the forum at all, please take a look and get involved! It's quick, easy and free to register.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/forum

* Spread the word *

If you feel other people might find psyclick.org.uk useful, you can now use a simple form to email them with the address. You could also download and display an A4 poster from the "downloads" page - perhaps if you are an undergraduate, you could put it up on a departmental notice board.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/refer
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/downloads

* About this list *

Your email address is still private, and always will be. To emphasise my commitment to internet privacy, I have created a privacy policy. To leave this emailing list, please email me, or use the form on the "What's new" page.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/whatsnew
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/privacy

* * * * *

(I seem to say it in every update, but...) Good luck to all those waiting to hear back from courses, hanging on for reserve lists, or entering exam season. Congratulations to those offered a place on a training course. And if you've been turned down outright this year, here's to you. I got my Sheffield rejection letter this week, I know it ain't nice :(

Cheers,
Ben


Update 5

28th March 2003

Hello and welcome to the 5th update on psyclick.org.uk

Not a huge amount to tell this month, as I have been preparing for (and getting overwrought about) my first course interview. Good luck to all those who are now preparing for interviews, or waiting for offers!

* Interview questions *

They've been there a couple of weeks now, but in case you haven't noticed, I've put some past course questions on the site. They're compiled from various people who've been interviewed in recent years, and sorted by broad topic area. I'm also collecting specific information about each course. Thanks to those of you who've sent me this year's questions - I'll have them up on the site next week.
If you've recently been interviewed, why not share the questions with other users of psyclick? It would also be interesting to hear about how others found the whole interview experience - the forum might be a good place for this.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/course-questions
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/forum

* Groups *

Just one added - the South Thames Psychology Group, which was started this year. Thanks to Alison Cooper for this info. Hopefully I'll have details on the Birmingham group soon. Any more, anyone?
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/groups

* Forum *

I have reshuffled the forum a little, and added 'Advice' and 'Poll' sections. If you're looking for personal advice jobs, careers, applying for the course etc., the 'Advice' section is a good place to start. In the 'Polls' section, you can create polls on any topic you'd like to put to other users, and vote on existing polls. I've also widened the function of the 'Announcements' section, so anyone can use it to announce conferences etc. If you haven't used the forum at all, please take a look and get involved! It's quick, easy and free to register.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/forum

* Poster *

OK, so it's a standing item, but... if you feel other people might find psyclick.org.uk useful, please consider displaying an A4 poster (if you can think of a useful place). You can download and print my poster from...
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/downloads

* * * * *

That's all for now. Good luck again for those awaiting interviews or offers - please keep in touch via the forum and share you experiences!

Cheers,
Ben


Update 4

28th February 2003

Hello and welcome to the 4th update on psyclick.org.uk

A special welcome if you have just joined this list - there has been a burst in numbers of people adding their name to this list, which is encouraging to see.

* Groups *

I have added details on the North Wales Assistant Psychologist Group, and a new website address for the South West Assistant Psychologists (SWAP). You may also be interested in an email discussion list for assistant psychologists, hosted by Yahoo Groups. If you know of any other regional groups not listed on my site, please get in touch.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/groups
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/links.html#lists

* Interviews *

Yes, it's that time of year again. I am trying to collect together course interview questions people have been asked in the past, and any other tips people have for interviews. If you have anything to share, please get in touch. I'll put whatever I get on the website.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/contact

* Forum *

I have move the forum from ezboard to my own site, to save money and add functionality. If you previously registered to use the ezboard forum, you will need to get in touch to use the same username, or just register under a different username. If you haven't used the forum at all, please take a look and get involved! It's quick, easy and free to register.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/forum

* About this list *

This update mailing list used to be hosted at portcomber.net, but I have now moved it to my own PC. Of course, your email address is still private, and always will be. Joining and leaving this list is simple, via...
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/whatsnew

* Do you use Hotmail? *

If you are reading this via a Hotmail account, you may have problems receiving future editions of these email updates. Fortunately, this is easily avoidable - please have a quick look at...
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/filtering

* Poster *

If you feel other people might find psyclick.org.uk useful, please consider displaying an A4 poster (if you can think of a useful place). You can download and print my poster from...
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/downloads

* * * * *

That's all for now. Good luck if your heart is leaping into your throat each time an envelope lands on your doormat, or if you've been lucky enough to be invited to interview. Heart-felt commiserations if you have been turned down this year - "don't let the bastards grind you down!"

Cheers,
Ben


Update 3

23rd January 2003

Happy New(ish) Year to you,

Welcome to 2003 and the third update email on psyclick.org.uk

* Groups *

There is a new website address for the North Thames Graduate Psychology Group and one under construction for the Northern Ireland Assistant Psychologist Forum. As ever, if you know of any other groups I might add, please get in touch. Anyone know of one in the Midlands?
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/groups.html

* Reading *

I found some useful journal articles that have been re-published on the internet, on some very useful professional issues, the sort of thing that comes in handy in 'joining things up' in applications and interviews.

There are also a few new book suggestions, on various topic areas. This includes general clinical psychology texts, CBT, formulation, counselling, mental health, policy and politics, SPSS, MS Access and a few other bits and bobs. If you have any other suggestions for reading that others might find useful, please send them in.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/reading.html

* Links *

I've added a few links to mailing lists that might be of interest, including a new list called the 'Assistant Psychologist Support Network' - well worth a look. I've also added more reciprocal links to those who have linked to psyclick.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/links.html
http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/AssistantPsychologist/

* Moving to a new host *

I am in the process of moving the whole site from my basic Freeserve space to 34sp.com. This is mainly to save money, as keeping the forum at ezboard.com free of adverts ain't cheap. Apart from the forum, you shouldn't notice any difference, and of course the address remains:
http://www.psyclick.org.uk

* * * * *

That's about all for now. Good luck to anyone awaiting that letter about clinical course interviews!

Regards,
Ben


Update 2

19th December 2002

Seasonal greetings folks,

Welcome to the second update on psyclick.org.uk - a brief one but finally something useful to add (hopefully).

* FAQ (frequently asked questions) for undergraduates *

Having had quite a few individual enquiries from undergraduates about how to get into clinical psychology, I have started to put together a FAQ. It's by no means complete or perfect, but it's a start.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/articles.html#undergrad

* Groups *

I have added details on the Manchester Assistant Psychologists Group, thanks to Sophie Lomax, one of their co-ordinators. Also, the contact person for the Yorkshire Graduate Psychologists Group has changed.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/groups.html

* Links *

A few sites have started to link to psyclick, so I have linked back to them. They are all pretty useful sites, well worth a perusal.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/links.html#reciprocal

* * * * *

Well that's enough of that for the time being. Have a Merry Christmas and joyous New Year, here's to a great 2003!

Regards,
Ben


Update 1

10th December 2002

Hello folks,

Welcome to the first (of many) updates on psyclick.org.uk

I must start with an apology for the fact that I have not emailed to this list until now. I had felt that there was not quite enough new content to warrant an email, but this now feels overdue.

psyclick has not had quite as much new content as I had hoped, mostly due to the fact that I have been spending many weeks on my application form for the DClinPsy instead. So all the tips I had hoped to share about applying to courses will be a bit late for this year!

It has also taken far longer than I thought simply to get the site to look reasonable and to work properly in most web browsers. All terribly time consuming but not what I had in mind by now.

Anyway, in the last month or so I have added the following:

* Graduate/assistant groups *

Info now available for North East England, South West England, North Thames, Leeds, Yorkshire, West of Scotland and Mersey Region. Hopefully more to follow soon, but if you know of others, please get in touch.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/groups.html

* Poster *

I created a simple A4 poster to help spread the word about psyclick.org.uk - if you can think of a useful place to display the poster, please do!
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/downloads.html

* Links and reading *

As I say on the site, the plan is to outline why and how these sources might be useful, rather than just list endless things.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/links.html
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/reading.html

* Forum *

The forum is pretty quiet at present. A few people have emailed me asking for advice on a few things. Sometimes I can help, but it might be a better idea to post such questions to the forum. That way, other readers might be able to help (and it might help get a discussion going!). I regularly check the forum myself anyway, and will post a reply if I can help.
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/forum.html

* Application form *

I have made my DClinPsy application form available for those that might find it useful. It certainly helped me to read other forms. If you applied this year, perhaps you might consider making your form available too?
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/downloads.html

* * *

So, not a huge amount to tell, but I hope to have another burst of activity before Christmas. But remember, it's *your* site too! If you have any words or ideas to add, please get in touch!
http://www.psyclick.org.uk/contact.html

Regards,
Ben