initiative… A hard word to spell, well for me anyway- however so important on this placement.
As an assistant you have to be prepared to be told what needs to be done, and then get it done. However this isn’t the only role you have within your assistant role.
You have to remember you are a new pair of eyes, a fresh face, and an imaginative person. If you can see something which your work place would benefit from, talk about it, set it up… As long as your supervisor doesn’t say no.
This is exactly what I’ve done. Myself and the Research Assistant (Rose) have set up our very own “clinical reference and reflection group” (Basically a posh name for a group which meets weekly to talk about clinical things and topics and teach each other about them). This week I am preparing a pack on anger and anger management using resources such as self help guides to teach other people within the service about the topic, and in turn this could help a client! Positive!
Myself and Rose 🙂
Blue Monday is the one day a year where everyone is, well, blue. Everyone got fat over Christmas, and is now depressed they haven’t lost their weight by now. The smokers who said they would quit for new year have left the E-Cigarette behind, everyone is sad that the festive season is all over, again.
It’s difficult being an assistant in January because your supervisors are stressed because reality is back and this then impacts you. Everyone’s to-do list’s are getting longer and nothing seems to be getting ticked off.
Weirdly enough though, I’m still positive. I know this rut will be over soon enough and this is what placement is all about. there are going to be highs, like being able to go out and really help someone with a problem they are facing, and there are going to be lows, like crying in your supervisors office because the colour coded, graph covered spreadsheet you made needs to be redone because some statistician somewhere decided it should be presented in another format…but that’s another story.
I’ve been out on placement for nearly three months now. So writing a blog about it all and trying to tell you about all the things I have been involved in… in one post, is a bit difficult. so, here is what has been going on.
I am an Honorary Assistant psychologist…
I’m working with the psychology service, within the learning disability service within the Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust, which is part of the NHS… Russian dolls or what?
Which is a great metaphor for the service I am in, it is a specialist service!
I work with trauma and abuse two days a week and older adults the other two days a week, so i get to see specialist services… within the specialist service…