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WORK HISTORY

Scottish Counselling Psychology Trainee RepresentativeBritish Psychological Society – August 2017-present.

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I have recently been selected by the British Psychological Society as their Trainee representative in Scotland for Counselling Psychology. My role involves attending meetings with other members of the Counselling Psychology division of the BPS and outlining any issues or questions other trainees have about their studies.

Division of Counselling Psychology UK Representative – PsyPAG – August 2017-present.

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I have recently been appointed to the voluntary position of Counselling Psychology Representative for PsyPAG. PsyPAG is a body that seeks to represent all psychology postgraduate students across the United Kingdom, run by psychology postgraduates themselves. In this role, I am responsible for being the key point of contact for Counselling Psychology postgraduate students across the country and liaising with the wider time to communicate any issues raise. I will also be responsible for other activities such as attending comity meetings and conferences, representing both PsyPAG and Counselling Psychology as a whole.

Counselling Psychology Doctoral Class Representative – Glasgow Caledonian University – September 2017-present.

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I have taken on the role of class student representative as I study my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. In this position, I am responsible for feeding back issues and concerns student may have with the course to the tutors. I also have facilitated in chairing and leading student/staff meetings in this role.

Psychology Seminar Tutor – Glasgow Caledonian University – September 2017-present.

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Since starting my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology I have been working for the university as a part time seminar tutor for undergraduate psychology students. I facilitate seminar tutorials primarily in statistics in psychology and social psychology with undergraduate students in different years of their degree.

Psychology Research Assistant – Glasgow Caledonian University – September 2017-present.

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In addition to working as a seminar student whilst conducting my studies, I also have another part time job within the university as a research assistant. The focus of the research I am working on is antimicrobial resistance in humans and in pets. I work alongside PhD graduates and doctors of psychology conducting systematic reviews of data and conducting IPA interviews to contribute to the research. I have developed skills in data analysis and extraction via programmes such as Nvivo and Endnote. In addition to this, I have developed extensive experience in data base searches to conduct research for systematic reviews. Furthermore, I have also had the opportunity to research and present findings on funding bodies in order to apply for potential grants for further research.

Assistant Psychologist – The Huntercombe Group – August 2015-September 2016.

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In my role as an Assistant Psychologist I was responsible for conducting clinical therapeutic sessions with patients suffering from a variety of brain injuries. I was entrusted with implementing clinical work in accordance with each patient’s rehabilitation plans. I worked directly under Clinical Psychologists and within a large multidisciplinary team that included nursing staff, counsellors and psychiatrists. The treatment I facilitated was focused on a person-centered approach, where every client was understood to have individual needs that I was responsible for meeting during sessions. Within this role I conducted vast amounts of qualitative and quantitative research on individual patients on a weekly basis. One piece of research I conducted has been recognised by the World Federation of Neuro-Rehabilitation that was presented at their annual conference in July 2016.

Psychology Graduate Diploma Class Representative – Glasgow Caledonian University – September 2014-June 2015.

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I was nominated as Caledonian University Psychology Post Graduate Diploma representative during my studies. My duties predominantly included attending student/staff meetings to act on behalf of students to discuss their concerns and requests. During this time, I was also given the opportunity to chair some of these student/staff meetings.

Voluntary Relationship Helpline Counsellor – The Spark Scotland – June 2014-August 2015.

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The Spark is a relationship counselling organisation based in the city centre of Glasgow. In this position, I was the first point of contact for vulnerable individuals seeking varying degrees of support. This was a voluntary role that allowed me to utilise the counselling skills I have learned throughout my training to show empathy and support to people with very sensitive issues.

Youth Development Worker – The Spark Scotland – July 2013-August 2015.

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While working at The Spark as a Youth Development Worker I was responsible for the development and delivery of Anti-Sectarian, Tackling Violence and Anti-Bullying programmes to young people in primary schools, high schools and employment centres. It was vital for me to build trust and rapport with the young people I worked with to deliver the most effective programmes possible. Throughout these programmes I was responsible for collating qualitative and quantitative data to effectively asses the value of the sessions and any individuals who may have benefited from our counselling services. I also took on senior responsibilities in this position as I train new members of staff in facilitating the workshops.

Voluntary Youth Worker – Auldhouse Community Church – March 2014-present.

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I currently work on Tuesday evenings as a volunteer with young people from the local community with varying needs and backgrounds. My role is to organise games and activities while facilitating discussions surrounding any difficulties the young people are having at home or at school in an informal setting.

LifeWorks Counselling Call Handler – Ceridian – June 2014-September 2014.

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Ceridian Lifeworks offers consultation support and counselling services for employees of companies signed up to Ceridian’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)y. I was responsible for receiving calls and taking the details of the caller to establish their needs. Many of the calls were of a sensitive nature, especially those that were seeking counselling. This allowed me to gain a vast amount of experience in advanced empathy and establishing underlying emotions.

Support Worker – East Renfrewshire Council – June 2012-August 2013.

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My position with East Renfrewshire Council was a challenging and rewarding role that required me to assist children and young adults with additional support needs in a selection of after school programmes including; a football club, weekly trips to the gym and various additional excursions. I also worked during summer and Easter holiday periods to support daily events, activities and day trips designed for the children’s specific needs and requirements. Many of the young people suffered from a variety of psychological and mental health disorders.

EDUCATION

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology – Glasgow Caledonian University – September 2016-present.

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I am currently undertaking my Doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University on a part-time basis.

Graduate Diploma in Psychology (with Merit) – Glasgow Caledonian University – January 2014-June 2015.

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I undertook my Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. I received some of the highest marks in my year and was awarded a Merit with my degree.

BA Honours in Social Sciences – Glasgow Caledonian University – September 2008-June 2012.

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I conducted my undergraduate degree in Social Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, completing my honours year in 2012.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Introduction To Good Clinical Practice – May 2017.

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Whilst working as a Research Assistant for Glasgow Caledonian University I was given the opportunity to complete an introductory course in good clinical practice. This course outlined the importance of the numerous ethical considerations whilst undertaking work in all forms of psychological research.

Managing Challenging Behaviour Certificate – February 2016.

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I was awarded a certificate in managing challenging behaviour from First Response Training whilst working as an Assistant Psychologist for The Huntercombe Group. This course outlined the requirements and most effective practice to implement when working with challenging behaviour from individuals of all ages and difficulties.

Transactional Analysis Foundation Year – July 2014-July 2015.

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I obtained this qualification with Physis Edinburgh. The course required a large amount of in-depth study into the therapeutic modality of Transactional Analysis enhancing my advanced empathy, active listening skills and my ability to communicate.

Training The Trainer Course – August 2014.

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This was a qualification I obtained whilst working with The Spark. It gave me the expertise to conduct group sessions with individuals who were seeking to achieve qualifications such as the Mental Health First Aid course.

Transactional Analysis 101 Course – August 2015.

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This was an introductory course to Transactional Analysis prior to my Foundation Year in this modality of counselling.

SafeTalk NHS Suicide Alertness Training Course – July 2014.

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While working at Ceridian I completed this training to further understand the skills required to talk to individuals dealing with suicidal thoughts.

Online & Helpline Counselling Course – April 2014-June 2014.

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Whilst working at The Spark as a Youth Development Worker I completed this training to equip me with the skills to effectively conduct therapeutic counselling sessions on the helpline and via web chat.

Relationship First Aid – June 2014.

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I conducted this training in order to effectively manage individuals calling our helpline at The Spark that were facing relationship difficulties.

Mental Health First Aid (NHS Accredited) – June 2014.

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An NHS accredited course I completed to better understand the difficulties people with mental health face on a daily basis. It also gave me the knowledge of how to effectively transact with individuals with mental health difficulties in a therapeutic setting.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming Therapy Training Course – November 2013-February 2014.

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I was given the opportunity to conduct a training course in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) therapy through my work at The Spark Glasgow. I was recognised as an accredited NLP practitioner through the American Board of NLP after completing the course.

COSCA Counselling Skills Course – February 2013-October 2013.

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The COSCA Counselling Skills Course was a year-long introduction to the field of counselling. I obtained a great deal of experience, knowledge and understanding not only about counselling but also about how best to relate and work with others. I also developed my advanced empathy and active listening skills in this course as I conducted a great deal of practical exercise in a therapeutic setting.

Place2Be Child & Adolescent Counselling Training Course – July 2012.

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This qualification gave me the ability and knowledge of working in a therapeutic manner with young people. I was introduced to the foundations of what it meant to counsel young people and how best to relate to them.

East Renfrewshire Advocacy Training Course – October 2010-March 2011.

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I undertook this course in order to conduct some voluntary work with East Renfrewshire Council with individuals with additional support needs.

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