Reflective Essay: My Development As A Psychologist

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Part D: Development as a Psychologist This internal practical internship offered me an opportunity to focus on using the knowledge and skills acquired during the related courses on behavior training with children and cognitive behavior therapy with adolescents to practice my therapeutic work as a child and adolescent psychologist and a chance to see how psychological therapies (behavior training and cognitive behavior therapy) could be delivered in different settings. At first, I found it challenging to work independently and decide what to do and when to do it. More specifically, during CBT+ component I was challenged by working with a depressive adolescent and applying my skills and knowledge on the “spot”. On the other hand, my …show more content…

I think that the structure of working in small groups increased my engagement in the whole process. I felt that the structure of the two components was clear and the style of facilitation helped creating a safe space for developing psychologists. When participating in a reflective group that gives feedback to your work as a psychologist you also experience the influence of the advice on you. It is a brief experience on how you can use the feedback you take from colleagues in a way to improve your work as a …show more content…

I will take away with me a greater sense of self-awareness as well as a sense of believing in myself when I would have to carry many different cases. I feel all of these experiences will be invaluable in my future therapeutic work. Applying the two therapies (behavior training and cognitive behavior therapy) in both an adolescent and a child helped me to feel more confident that I would be able to work at the level of a qualified child and adolescent psychologist after my master studies. Ultimately this internship has allowed me to develop my understanding of myself as a psychologist. I feel I now have a better idea of what life will be like as a qualified child and adolescent psychologist and this internship has helped to prepare me for what is to

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