Clinical Psychology

Sarah Gilchrist

Graduated 2018

Sarah holding her dissertation in front of Doorway 6

After graduating from my BSc Psychology degree, I applied for this Masters programme as I was interested in developing my psychological knowledge of children and young people further, as I was especially passionate about early intervention.  The programme offered courses that stood out from other programmes and were in line with my interests (i.e., attachment, trauma & resilience, child development in practice). 

Through a variety of teaching methods and assignments, I gained confidence in my knowledge base and enhanced my skill set. Throughout the Masters programme you develop as a professional in a supportive and caring environment.  In my cohort, my fellow students came from a variety of countries and professions, which made group discussions interesting and engaging.  The lecturers have a vast range of topic interests which allows you to truly delve further into your own personal interests- especially during your dissertation.  Your Personal Tutor offers great support to ensure you gain the most from your time on the course. My MSc experience allowed me to meet like-minded individuals who were looking to grow and develop into a professional within the psychology field.

The MSc programme gave me the tools to successfully gain my first assistant psychologist post within a Child and Adolescent mental health service in NHS Highland. In this role, I was supervised by a clinical psychologist and assisted with clinical, research, audit and administration tasks that were necessary for the efficient and effective functioning of the service. I gained a lot of hands-on experience whilst in this post and networked with a variety of psychologists and other professionals within the NHS.   To gain a broader experience range, I applied and secured my second assistant psychologist post in NHS Lothian. In this post, I assist in the administrative management and organisation of the Prospect Model of Matched Care in IPT across NHS Lothian. I will have a high level of independent working and decision-making on a day-to-day basis, to ensure the efficient running of training and supervision pathway of the newly created Matched Care Model for IPT.   My Masters degree gave me a great advantage in interviews and helped me secure both assistant psychologist jobs.

In the future, I aim to gain a place on the doctorate in Clinical Psychology and practice as a clinical psychologist within Scotland.  I am excited for all the exciting challenges that will come my way until then.