Aneta Pac

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) MSc

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  • Course Studied: MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Year of Graduation: 2020
  • Current Job title: Trainee Clinical Psychologist
  • Current Employer: NHS Somerset Foundation Trust
  • Industry sector: NHS – Mental Health

Your University Experience

Why did you choose your course at UON?

I was working as a support worker at a Children’s Home and wanted to progress my career within the field of psychology. The course content seemed interesting and I liked the variety of modules it offered.

What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most and why?

I enjoyed learning from my peers, as people on the course were from different professional backgrounds (teachers, nurses, support workers). I also enjoyed the research aspect, as I had the time and space to look at the topic that was of my interest. The strong point is that the course covers a wide range of topics and the lecturers are very knowledgeable in their areas of interest.

How do you think your studies have helped your career or personal development?

Completing the course helped me with getting employment as a therapeutic lead within the Children’s Home I was based at. Soon after graduation, I was able to secure employment within the NHS in the Personality Disorders Team – I think that was thanks to a variety of professionals on the course, as I learnt how to work within multidisciplinary teams and that helped me with my confidence.

Your Career

Describe your career progression so far, and any plans you have for the future. Are there any particular hurdles you may face?

I’m currently completing my second year of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I’ve completed my learning disabilities and CAMHS placement with ease, as I was able to reflect on my learning from the MSc course. I’ve also completed a placement with the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team where I was able to draw on my skills and knowledge about MDT working and team dynamics. In my role I often have to complete observations and research projects, which I feel confident in due to having good practice at it during my MSc.

My elective placement next year will be focusing on working with looked-after children and their families. I am qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in September next year – following this, I’m hoping to find a permanent position in a local CAMHS team.

Which, if any, skills and knowledge/understanding gained on your degree are most useful in your current role?
  • MDT working
  • Research and observations
  • Understanding developmental psychological theories and how to link these to practice
  • Adaptations of therapeutic models to working with children.
Are you currently involved in any community or volunteering projects? If yes, please give some details.

I am involved in a self-harm project across Somerset.

Your Advice

In one sentence, what advice would you give to undergraduates interested in this career path or anything you wish you had known earlier?

My advice would be to follow your interest, rather than the pressure to qualify. There are many opportunities within psychology and this MSc course opens door to things like family work, teacher training, social work. It’s a great course if you’re unsure what exactly you would like to do.

In ten words, or less how would you summarise your UON experience?

Interesting, fun, inspiring.