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DClinPsy Applications: Helping the real you shine through

Friday 7th September 2018 at BPS Offices, Leicester

The DCP’S Pre-Qualification Group is holding this interactive workshop for DClinPsyc applicants. We aim to provide a space for attendees to reflect on themselves, their experiences, values and interests and how to use this to create an application form that is authentic and engaging. The workshop will involve speaker presentations, Q&A and experiential exercises facilitated by current Trainee Clinical Psychologist and those have successfully got a place on the course this year.

The Pre-Qualification group aims to enable attendees to develop a supportive and resourceful community within the profession, one that is united in overcoming challenges and thriving along the way to becoming Clinical Psychologists and beyond.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To support the process of reflection and development for aspiring Clinical Psychologists
  • For attendees to increase self-awareness and self-confidence with regard to the often daunting task of writing, or editing, your DClinPys application form
  • To consider what makes you different from everyone else and how to portray your key values and interests across (within what is a short character count!)

Who is the course intended for?

Everyone is welcome, however this event has been organised for those who are applying, or considering applying, to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Please note, this event is now fully booked and we are operating a wait list. If you would like to be added to the wait list please complete the online booking form and a member of the team will be in touch is a place becomes available.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Friday 7th September 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change. Lunch will be provided at this workshop.

10:30Workshop Starts
16:00Workshop Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Henry Briscoe

I currently work as an assistant psychologist at an inpatient Learning Disability unit. My previous experience involves permanent and honorary positions and I recently accepted an offer to study Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham. My current interests focus on developing appropriate outcome measurements for use with those who have a diagnosis of a Learning Disability in order to support better treatment delivery and positive outcomes. I am also interested in the cause, diagnosis and treatment of OCD both in community and inpatient settings. Finally, I am passionate about enhancing and developing new strategies that help men seek mental health support.

Jerry Burgess

I am Gerald (Jerry) Burgess (PsyD), and I am lecturer in clinical psychology and selection tutor on the University of Leicester DClinPsy course. I have been in the role of selection tutor for two years now, and am on an on-going basis finding out and shaping the process to try to form the ‘right’ criteria and means of assessing candidates for the DClinPsy, the question, ‘who should we let into our training, and thus into the profession?’ Before moving into academia and private consulting in 2011, I worked as a mental health counsellor in the USA, and clinical neuropsychologist in the NHS for 12 years combined. I hold post-graduate degrees in psychology from James Madison University in the USA and the University of Nottingham. Linked to my selection tutor role, my academic and research interests include measurement of outcomes (i.e. psychotherapy), and human skills, states, and traits.

Layla Hamadi

I am a second-year year trainee, studying for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford.

During the first year of training, I was on placement in CAMHS, working with moderate-severe mental health problems, and with adults in an IAPT service in Oxford. I moved to working in a community learning disability service and an older adult CMHT in second year. My main research interest is eating disorders and am conducting research into moderators and mediators of treatment effects.

Before beginning training in September 2016, I worked as an Assistant Psychologist with older adults at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. The two primary projects I assisted with included an RCT measuring whether we can improve the mental health of carers of people with dementia using an online CBT course and a large-scale study investigating whether Dementia Care Mapping is a useful and cost-effective tool for improving person-centred care for people in care homes.

My earlier experiences were gained in the CAMHS and adult inpatient wards at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, and while working at the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University in the CREDO team as Research Assistant to Prof Christopher Fairburn. Here, I assisted in the dissemination of web-based training programmes for therapists treating people with eating disorders.

Jasdeep Kaur

I currently work as an Assistant Psychologist in CMHT. As of September, I will be studying for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

I am passionate about social justice and human rights issues in mental health care. I believe we have a moral and ethical obligation to address these issues and incorporate them into our work. Other interests of mine include the meaning making process in psychotherapy, and the role (and potential impact) of ethnicity, culture and power in the experience and expression of distress. I have lead and participated in the development and delivery of services in the UK and in India that centre on supporting excluded young people and individuals of minority backgrounds.

Sade King

I currently work in the NHS as an Assistant Psychologist in an adult acute inpatient setting. I have previously held roles as a Research Assistant within secondary care mental health services, and as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist in a community mental health team. In October, I will begin the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Essex.

My main interests surround addressing ethnic and cultural inequalities in mental health care, as well as exploring the role of psychology in providing advocacy for social justice. Previous research I have conducted has explored the views and experiences of Black British Caribbean males in relation to seeking help for mental health. I hope to further this research, and to use such findings to encourage understanding of how such aspects of an individual’s identity can impact on their experience of psychological distress. The role of the Clinical Psychologist stood out to me as one which would enable me to influence change both at an individual and at a wider societal level, and it is this I hope to hold central to the work I deliver throughout my career.


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