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Irrelevant Experience: The Secret Diary of an Assistant Psychologist [Kindle Edition]

Spatch Logan
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"Life after graduation is tough. I want to be a clinical psychologist. Unfortunately it seems so does everyone else who has a psychology degree. I need excellent grades, lots of work experience, and a job on the first rung of the ladder as an Assistant Psychologist. Then there is the tiny matter of getting onto a clinical doctorate course.

Add into the mix a stressed out best friend, an over-sexed house-mate, a pal who makes it a habit of getting regularly fired, and it's a sure-fire recipe for a quarter life crisis. Still, no one ever said that helping other people was going to be easy..."

Irrelevant Experience: The Secret Diary of an Assistant Psychologist is the story of how one hopeful applicant fares in navigating her career, friendships, romance and rivalries. After graduation, those first steps into the big wide world are scary, and not every experience fits neatly on your CV.

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Spatch Logan is the pseudonym of a clinical psychologist working in the south east of England. He has a clinical role within the NHS and currently holds an academic post at a university. Starting out in the wild and heady world of forensics, his further tours of duty include eating disorders, older adult community mental health, and general adult mental health.

Irrelevant Experience is his first novel.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Light & enjoyable 30 Sept. 2013
By Red
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I think this book will mostly appeal to those who are trying to make their way into clinical psychology and will appreciate a book that documents the struggle quite accurately, and those who may remember it with some nostalgia/relief that they have left it behind. I don't know that people unconnected to clinical psychology would enjoy this book as much, though it might be a helpful way to help others to understand what it's like! (I'm thinking of giving it to my mum, who similar to that of the protagonist of the book spent quite a while asking why I hadn't gotten a 'proper graduate job' after university). As others have put, this is pretty much chick-lit with an extra bit of CP context, it's fun and often quite silly but not exactly intellectual and it definitely isn't going to show you how to fill out your forms. This reads like a somewhat embellished account of someone's real experience (I was a little disappointed to find it's a fictional account), it's not 100% believable and sometimes a little formulaic, but it's clear the author knows what the process is like and has some compassion for poor struggling APs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read. 25 Feb. 2014
By Kat
I really enjoyed this book and as someone who is applying for the clinical doctorate this year could relate to a lot of the content! However some of the non-clinical psychology related events were not believable and I often did not relate to a lot of the things the main protagonist said or did, again a lot of this seemed to have been exaggerated for comic effect. I can't imagine any of my friends who aren't in the psychology field would enjoy reading it but I would definitely recommend it to my psychology friends as a light, enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing read 3 Jan. 2014
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This is a must have for anyone working as, or wanting to be, an assistant psychologist. It's a very realisitc account of what it's like to pursue a career in clinical psychology, with lots of humour added in. It had me laughing out loud at times! It was very nice to be able to laugh at the ridiculousness of the whole process, as it's so easy to get bogged down with it.
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I haven't laughed at a book so much in a very long time - the perfect antidote to the sometimes spirit crushing world of clinical psychology applications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 10 Sept. 2013
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Absolutely brilliant, I have just devoured this book in the space of about 4 hours. Just couldn't put it down! The humour used is excellent, but it doesn't shy away from the tougher subjects either. I can see this being appealing to APs, aspiring DClinPsy's and just about anyone who enjoys a good book.

Loved it, write a sequel soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A smart, humorous sentimental education 28 Aug. 2014
By bram.k
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A subtle, witty cross between a coming-of-age novel and Bridget Jones-angst, this book made me crack a smile on almost every page. Considering how much I liked it - and the fact that I am neither a psychologist (the not-so-intrepid heroine's vocation, and the author's profession, according to the book) nor a chick-lit fan, Logan's achievement here is quite a feat. You can feel the heroine growing (and feel her growing pains) with every gauche social exchange, disastrous first date, and crisis at work. And her supporting cast of oddball roommates, stalwart friends, and paranoid co-workers are almost worth a sitcom of their own. Well worth it if you're after diary fiction with a difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, fun to read, and informative 12 Dec. 2013
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I loved this book and have just finished reading it for the second time!

I related to the story in a massive way (having just applied for clin psy and about to begin an assistant role myself), and especially related to the thought processes the author goes through on her journey.
It was funny and witty, and the story kept me hooked the whole way through.
I also found parts informative about the role of an AP
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply a must if you're on the Dclinpsy journey. 18 Mar. 2014
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There are only a handful of key texts that I could recommend for someone who comes up to me and says "Hey, I'm thinking of becoming a clinical psychologist".. This is definitely one of them.

Sensitive, accurate and funny - it's high time somebody injected a little light humour on the trials and tribulations of life as a pre-qualification psychologist, and hey, if you aren't on this journey yourself, read the book anyway. Next time you meet an assistant psychologist, you can tilt your head sympathetically to the side, and greet them with a warm smile, as you'll know exactly what they're going though..
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4.0 out of 5 stars A light read with some bits that will make you smile...but only if...
The story is a bit silly but the context will be cringily familiar if you too wish one day to get onto Clinical Psychology training. Not to be taken too seriously
Published 2 months ago by ebeckin
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
A brutally honest, witty and interesting account of the struggles faced after university. Hooked! The AP career path is tough and this book reflects that brilliantly and in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amanda Gercs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, insightful and witty.***** I look forward to his next book 📚☺️
Published 8 months ago by jenny123
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow at times but a easy funny reading
A bit slow at times but a easy funny reading.
Published 9 months ago by darling
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must-buy' for an aspiring Clinical Psychologist
Absolutely brilliant read! This really is a ‘can’t put down’!! Any aspiring Clinical Psychologist will find this book very easy to relate to. Read more
Published 10 months ago by rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
Honestly great , loved it all. Really made me question my decisions and I can see myself in many of the characters not so sure that's a good thing haha
Published 10 months ago by Sam c
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
Irrelevant Experience seems a like a cash cow targeted at desperate aspiring clinical psychologists looking for something to relate to. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Laura Chaos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fantastic book for the aspiring psychologist, and a truly exceptional read. Filled with great humour, I couldn't put it down.
Published 17 months ago by nicola olive
4.0 out of 5 stars A really great read!
This book is a must read for both those working as an assistant psychologist or those who wish to work as one. Read more
Published 18 months ago by wantobuyitall
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