I’m currently working in an adult mental health service in Warwickshire.
I’ve just started a 3 year psychotherapy course in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy after having completed my specialist placement in this approach. I’m also training in EMDR.
My thesis was based on developing a psychometric tool to measure Acceptance and Commitment Therapy processes. This was published in the Journal of Contextual and Behavioural Science last year. You can contact Dave Dawson for copy of the paper.
I’m still very much interested in research and am looking at ways to get back into this area in the future. I would really like to come back and do some teaching on the course at some point. I have a real interest in the concept of deliberate practise – this is something which psychotherapy is experimenting with, but it’s been something in other areas where people develop expertise and elite level skills such as chess and sports. The emphasis is on developing a discrete set of skills by someone with expertise setting learning tasks just above your competency, and then rehearsing these and getting feedback on your implementation of them to further refine them (there is an important emphasis on video recording).
You can find me on LinkedIn under Dr Ashley Francis.
After qualifying, I continued to work for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Since Doctorate training, I have completed a number of additional training course that have enabled me to further specialise in working with children and young people. These have included Theraplay, Attachment Theory, AIMS assessment (‘sexually harmful behaviours’ presented by children) and advanced formulation skills training. I have also completed two supervisor training course which has enabled me to seek accreditation with the BABCP and subsequently supervise IAPT CBT trainees and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners within CAMHS.
My continuing interest in research led me to return to the Trent course as an Academic Tutor in February 2017. I am now the module convenor for the Lifespan Development module in second year and the Families, Groups and Indirect Work (FGI) module in third year. Other aspects of my role include being a personal tutor and supervising research on both the Doctorate and the Undergraduate in Clinical Psychology.
During training, my Doctorate Thesis was concerned with exploring the barriers and facilitators to positive therapeutic change for people with learning disabilities. I am now supervising a number of research projects which cover a range of topics including dementia in working age adults, childhood trauma and post-natal psychosis.
Mayes, D., Ramsden, S., Braham, L., Whitaker, Z., & Norburn, M. (2016). Exploring service users’ experience of community meetings in a high secure service. Mental Health Review Journal, 21(3), 200-212.
Ramsden, S., Tickle, A., Dawson, D. L., & Harris, S. (2015). Perceived barriers and facilitators to positive therapeutic change for people with intellectual disabilities Client, carer and clinical psychologist perspectives. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. (Advance online publication).
My first job after qualifying was within the Clinical Psychology Cancer Service at King’s Mill Hospital. This was a full time job providing specialist psychological assessments and interventions to adults with a diagnosis of cancer. This role provided a range of additional opportunities which included attending Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events; showcasing service achievements at regional and national cancer conferences; networking through Macmillan partnership events; developing a public self-help website for patients with cancer (please see http://www.sfh-tr.nhs.uk/index.php/clinical-psychology-cancer-service ); conducting research; facilitating reflective practice groups for first year trainees on the Trent course; and teaching to first year undergraduate students at Loughborough university about clinical psychology in general. I have also completed the supervisor training course and I am currently supervising a first year Trent trainee. I have also supervised undergraduate placement students over the last year.
Looking back at my training experience, the course (both academic and clinical aspects) helped to build upon my confidence and recognise my strengths. I had brilliant support from all my supervisors at the time, and I was encouraged to publish two papers in relation to my thesis:
Biswas, S., Tickle, A., Golijani-Moghaddam, N., & Almack, K. (2017). The transition into adulthood for children with a severe intellectual disability: parents’ views. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 63(2), 99-109.
Biswas, S., Moghaddam, N., & Tickle, A. (2015). What are the factors that influence parental stress when caring for a child with an intellectual disability? A critical literature review. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 61(3), 127-146.
I have maintained my interest in research by conducting service evaluations within my work and I am also field supervising two Trent trainee projects. After a year in my current job, I reduced my days and got a part time job within the Integrated Sexual Health Service at King’s Mill Hospital, which I am also enjoying very much!
After the course I moved up North to Cumbria where I remain. I work in adult mental health and gradually became more specialist in psychosis and am now the principle psychologist for psychosis in south Cumbria. I also take a lead on audit and NICE for the community mental health teams across the county. My interests have become more systemic and I have completed my systemic practitioner training, and am hopeful to begin my masters in systemic practice in 2018. Since leaving the course I have also got married and had two kids – recently returning from maternity leave on four days, spending my fifth day doing childcare/watching Disney films.
I qualified in 2011 and started working in Nottinghamshire CAMHS with a range of presentations including anxiety, trauma, low mood, self-harm and neurodevelopmental conditions. I have completed additional training in attachment-based models, DBT, Compassionate Focussed Therapy, ASD assessment. More recently I have completed Association of Family Therapy accredited Systemic Practitioner Training within my current position in the Nottinghamshire Community CAMHS Eating Disorder Team.
Redstone, L., Shepherd, L., Bousfield, C., & Brooks, P. (2011). An audit of patients’ experiences and opinions concerning mirrors in a UK burns service. Burns, 37(7), 1248-1254
Swift, K. D., Hall, C. L., Marimuttu, V., Redstone, L., Sayal, K., & Hollis, C. (2013). Transition to adult mental health services for young people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): a qualitative analysis of their experiences. BMC Psychiatry 13:74