I graduated from my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Linguistics in 2016 with the British Psychological Society’s undergraduate award. After that I worked in a special school for a year as a classroom assistant and did other voluntary and paid support worker roles at the same time. I’ve also done care work on and off for 4 years. Alongside studying for this masters, I’ve volunteered a day a week as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist in CAMHS. This role was really worthwhile and I learnt a lot from it. For example, it allowed me to directly experience the practical application of the theoretical constructs that I was learning about in the masters. I finished my masters in August and was accepted to the Doctorate in Educational Psychology course, starting in September.
I chose the MSc Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice, because I knew I wanted to work with children and it had a focus on child development. I’ve really enjoyed it. The lecturers are really encouraging and support you to explore your own interests. For example, the assignment questions are quite broad, allowing you focus on the areas of research which you’re interested in. I was able to draw directly on knowledge that I’d gained through one of these assignments in my interview for the educational psychology training course. There was also a large focus on group work and group presentations which was really helpful when it came it preparing a presentation for the interview. I am certain that I will continue to draw on knowledge that I’ve gained on this programme in my work as a trainee Educational Psychologist.
As my dissertation project, I chose to focus on Cerebral Visual Impairment in children. My dissertation work formed the basis for my first publication 'Towards population screening for Cerebral Visual Impairment: Validity of the Five Questions and the CVI Questionnaire' which was published in PLOS One in March 2019.