- Susan Llewelyn
- and Katie Aafjes-van Doorn
‘Developing our identity as reflective scientist-practioners’ considers the benefits and drawbacks of working as a clinical psychologist. It looks at the different areas of clinical psychology training, which usually involves: a degree from an approved educational programme, a minimum amount of supervised clinical experience, and passing an examination. Training also requires formal reflection on the integration of science into clinical practice through supervision and personal reflection. Self-care and awareness of the risk factors of compassion fatigue and burnout can help avoid work-related stress in this field. Continuing in clinical psychology requires cognitive attentiveness, emotional resilience, a sustained interest in understanding and alleviating the distress of others, and ongoing education.