Okay, so I’m back online. After a break of about 8 years, I have returned to the blogosphere. My last incarnation was as an assistant language teacher on the JET programme. Since then, a lot has changed. I am now a trainee clinical psychologist, training at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, UK and due to start my next placement in London. As you might imagine, I have a lot to write about, so I’ll keep this post brief.
I had been toying with the idea of returning to blogging, but as a mental health worker, a few things put me off, most notably my concerns about privacy and ethics. I was also concerned about straying from the party line of clinical psychology, perhaps exposing myself as a fraud or impostor, and thus discrediting myself and maybe others. As time goes by, I hope to discuss these issues, and many more. The tipping point in my decision-making process was an article in this month’s Clinical Psychology Forum, by Tanya Byron, who stated:
‘The blogosphere is looked at hugely by print and broadcast media editors. So just create your own brand, your own space, your own place where you think about your message, what you want to say and how to say it.’
This inspired me to return to the blogosphere, and as time goes by, I hope you will join me in discussing things that I hope are pertinent, current and perhaps contentious. I hope to contact and be contacted by people from across the web, to further discussion of issues related to psychology and mental health.