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    Hi Peeps,

    After some opinions/advice on my choices in being able to practice Clinical Psychology.

    Currently have an LL.B Law and am just finalising my LLM Law. I guess I've come to the conclusion that having worked in the field, I can't sit behind a desk for the rest of my life. I'm no longer interested in how much I earn, as long as it is enough to keep me going. I guess, like a lot of grads, I underestimated job satisfaction - though I've never had a clear job in mind like some, so I don't blame myself entirely.

    I have a huge interest in mental health, and probably spend more of my time reading into it than I do Law. I guess I've tried to play it down and keep up with Law just to keep the parents happy, but I no longer care for that anymore.

    Ideally I'd like to practice clinical psychology, or something of that nature. I can't suss out the best route for me, as a postgrad student already to get there. Unfortunately any studying I do from now on in is going to have to be PT as it's getting to the point that I can't sustain myself financially anymore.

    I also have costs factored into my head since my LLM and a few other pre-course debts has put me into approximately £20k of debt, of which I owe to my father.

    I'd also like to know some of the types of jobs that I could go into when I graduate that are related and will give me experience - though I'm aware I will struggle because I don't have a Psychology degree so I do need help with that specific point too.

    I should also add that I'm aware that Clinical Psychology is a very competitive area so without a BSc I guess I'm already at a huge advantage. If I could have some guidance on the best way to get there both in theory and then in practice, that'd be fab. I appreciate that it's going to take me a good few years, if ever, but I'm fine with that. Like any things, good things come to those who wait, huh?


    Kindest Regards,

    Scoobster
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    The best place to check is the bps website, but basically you need to do a psychology conversion course and then get some work experience ideally as an assistant psychologist, before applying for the three year doctorate programme
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    Can anyone give me any insight into their own experiences? Whether you converted from a different subject or not?

    From where I see things, it's going to be quite an uphill struggle for me...
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    Not clinical psychology but educational, there are two people on my course who did conversion courses: one who did psychology and French (not enough psychology to be accredited) and another who did ergonomics as her first degree. Different unis have different requirements for psychology-related modules at undergrad
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    Maybe you can work a the beginning in Law, just in a field, where you have to interact with psychologist or where you are specialising on mental health questions, thus be able to pay at least something back to your parents and then gradually decrease the amount of working in Law to studying part-time?
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    Hi Scoobster
    I appreciate this was three years ago so may not receive a reply. However, I am in a similar position now to how you were three years ago - got a good degree, in lots of debt and see a long path ahead to success in psychology. That said, like you I am exceedingly interested in psychology and spend my spare time reading around. So have you gone down the psychology path? and has it been what you expected? rewarding? an enormous amount of work? any thoughts hugely appreciated.

    James
 
 
 

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