Hey team,

Thanks for tuning into another edition of my prov blog.

Dana here reporting on my first month working in the field.

Things I feel called to share and things  I must share as a warning to future provisional psychologists.

Number 1- AHPRA- where do we even begin.

The thing about APHRA is that they like us to jump through hoops, hit our targets, and create standards that govern our workings. I’m grateful that I’ve been surrounded by a team of really wonderful clinicians who aren’t only amazing at their job. They’re so helpful and positive to be around.

I had my AHPRA registration forms rejected because my certifications on one document did not include the word “sited,” As a result, I received an email notifying me that I had a matter of days to correct this issue. I won’t lie and try to be nonchalant about it. I freaked out. I went to my supervisor, and she stepped me through it and really helped ease my concern about being rejected only a month into the program.

It’s funny how things work out like that. It makes you stop and realise all the cogs in alignment and the matter of moments that change and shift.

It’s not going to be all rainbows and butterflies

Some tips for Provisionals starting out or anyone on this pathway. It’s not going to be all rainbows and butterflies; however, the reward is great.

  • Get clear on what it is you want.
  • Fully understand the documentation
  • Get a line manager or a supervisor who has the experience to guide you through the process.
  • Dot your I’s and cross your t’s because a tiny slip-up can make life a little tricky.

A note on resilience

In this industry, you need to know who you are, where you’re going, and how you need to upskill and present yourself.

  • Read everything
  • Print things out and have them in a physical form
  • Get really comfortable and familiar with the content
  • Know the assignments and have a good understanding of what timeline you’re going to stick to. In our first year, we need to have:
  • one practice across the lifespan report done and submitted
  • a ‘working with diverse groups’ report or presentation
  • three ethical dilemma essays that consist of around 300 words each

Sounds manageable, right? Okay!

Logbooks. Do them weekly, if not daily.

Trust me. You do not want to get behind with your logbooks because it becomes a grind to get them back. I label everything in my diary to refer back to the specific days and times and have solid guides to go by.

 Keep to your plan. Keep it simple. Keep it clean.

It seems overwhelming. Break it down. Set goals that are attainable and stick to them. Give yourself  breathing room for discomfort. That sounds weird… But trust me.  I’m only fresh into this pathway and this career. But! I know what’s required to make it. Working full time and juggling life stress and just other stuff that we humans have to deal with. It’s hard. Add full-time study on top of that. Challenging but not unattainable. Keep to your plan. Keep it simple. Keep it clean.

Working with Cindy and the team here at Boutique Psychology St Kilda has taught me tips that I can take and use. My peers have also completed 4 plus 2’s or 5 plus 1’s, and I have exposure to like-minded individuals through periods of their plus program. I’m learning from them and learning from my superiors. It’s really been an eye-opener, and hopefully, I can help guide at least one person out there.

Or, if nothing else, keep you somewhat entertained.

Hold on tight friends. We’re in this together.

Yours for getting fully registered/surviving provisional psych

Dana@ Boutique Psychology.