PARENTS AND THE DOCTORAL JOURNEY

As a field, Clinical Psychology is known for long-standing issues with accessing training for any applicant who holds a minoritised identity.

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PARENTING AND THE APPLICATION PROCESS

If you are an aspiring clinical psychologist and are writing your application for training or have an interview coming up, please look out for our upcoming podcast, where we discuss our concerns and experiences. We remember those questions and doubts, such as 'Should I write about being a parent?', 'Will I be the only one?', 'Will I be less likely to get on?'

From our experiences we would like to share some personal reflections:

- It is valid and understandable to worry that sharing parts of ourselves may negatively impact our chances of getting an interview.


-It's okay to acknowledge unhelpful narratives that reinforce the view that parent trainees may not have the capacity to train or that you 'should' put your life on hold until training has finished. Hold onto your values and what is important to you to. This is after all a job and not your life.

- It is OK to write about/talk about being a parent, if you choose to.

- It it also OK to choose not to write about/talk about being a parent, if you choose to.

- It could be helpful to think about how becoming a parent has shaped you as a person, your relationship with yourself, others and how you see the world. Reflect, and share, if you want to!

- Reflect on your skills that you have developed since parenting that maybe you didn't have before; surviving with disrupted sleep, managing your schedule and priorities involving your little people, being used to finding 'pockets' of time or preparing in advance for 'crises' etc.

- The emotional journey and transition you may have experienced when you had your child/children and how this may impacts your clinical work for the better.

- Decide what you are comfortable sharing, and what you aren't. Only share what you want to and what feels important and relevant to you.


-There are no fully formed answers, and no-one knows your context and journey better than you, keep a journal, write some thoughts down and go with your gut!

These reflections may be important to hold in mind throughout training and beyond.