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Aparajita Pandey

Brighton, West Sussex

Work Experience
Experience Level:
2-4 Years
I am a postgraduate student of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Sussex. I look forward to work in the health care setting as this opportunity will give me invaluable experience with people suffering from different health challenges. It will also provide a strong foundation to my goal of eventually working as a Clinical Psychologist. The intricacy of the mind has always fascinated me. With the curiosity to know more about how the mind functions, I also developed an interest in social interactions to understand how people differ in their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. All these yield human complexities that is an endless delight for psychologists to read and understand. This has guided my psychological expedition ever since. I began my journey as a teaching volunteer at an orphanage that gave me the opportunity to work closely with young children and teenagers. It was during this time that I developed a strong understanding of child and adolescent development and learnt to communicate effectively with them. I, then, began to work as a Clinical Intern at a psychiatric hospital that gave me a broader clinical outlook towards the dynamics of different psychopathologies and how they present themselves in different people. Growing up in a country where stigma surrounds mental health problems, I realised the importance of helping people with such challenges and how rewarding their journey of recovery can be for us. During this time, I discovered my zeal to work towards supporting people with mental health needs so that they can re-discover themselves, separate from their diagnostic labels. This clinical training has continued in my internship with the Assertive Outreach Team in the NHS at Eastbourne. As an intern, I mainly engage in CBT case formulations, attend clinical supervision, reflective practice groups and team meetings, perform clinical audits for the team and assist in low-intensity CBT therapy. I also work part-time as a mental health support worker to further hone my clinical skills of empathy, care, active listening and compassion. These experiences of working closely with psychologically vulnerable population make me sensitive to their needs and communicate effectively to develop strong therapeutic relationships with them. Besides this, I have gained a deeper understanding of the role of mental health professionals in the NHS and my own personal growth as an intern. My interaction with diverse kinds of groups during internship experiences and my current exposure as an international student gives me hands-on experience of appreciating ideological, cultural and behavioural differences, thereby, respecting diversity. Working within the AOT team of skilled professionals like psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, etc. instill a sense of integrity and teamwork in me. In an endeavour to balance both studies and work, I work in an organised, systematic and self-disciplined manner. Be it submitting my drafts on time or be it working under tight schedules in the busy working hours in the psychiatric hospital, I have a strong regard for deadlines and can work under pressure with good ease. I have also demonstrated leadership qualities in the past. I have actively organised many conferences, seminars, talks and events and have worked collaboratively with others to make such events a success. Since a lot of tasks during my internships required me to deliver workshops and present papers, I have developed good presentation skills coupled with strong IT skills. I am proficient in IT like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, SPSS, R, etc. I look forward to any care role to learn more about the society, people and their needs. I believe that I can address the role demands with my current knowledge, experiences and skills as well as stay open to new learning opportunities at work.
Mental health Support Worker
April 2016 - Present
To support service users with diverse kinds of mental health problems with daily living tasks as set out in care plan. Assist the service user with management of their financial accounts including budgeting. Meet the emotional needs of the service user. Facilitate their participation in social activities or outings.
Psychology Graduate Intern
January 2016 - Present
Support care co-ordinators with compiling client histories and developing formulations and care plans Participate in team reflective practice and formulation meetings Joint visits to see clients with members of the team as needed and depending on workload capacity Audit of the demographics of people using the service; what interventions they have received; and whether they have received the interventions recommended by NICE and commissioned as part of payment by results
Clinical Psychology Intern
Lady Hardinge Medical College/Sucheta Kriplani Hospital
December 2013 - January 2014
Took case histories, administered psychological tests, and engaged in supervised counseling and psychotherapy. Engaged in case discussions and formulations. Shadowed workshops on various issues such as qualitative and quantitative methods of research. Also carried out simple administrative and clerical duties besides dealing with patients' and carers' enquiries.
Research Assistant
University of Sussex
October 2015 - April 2016
One of my project involved coding telephone interviews in accordance with the Anxiety Disorders Inventory Schedule (ADIS-IV), developing my knowledge and understanding of the way that psychological interviews are conducted and coded. The role also involved data entry of sensitive information regarding the diagnosis of child anxiety disorders, which enhanced my understanding of the importance of confidentiality and data protection. As part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded feasibility study that aimed to understand and improve knowledge, beliefs and behaviours towards the uptake and implementation of CBT for psychosis by developing and refining two linked pre-CBT ‘informed choice' interventions, my role involved transcribing interview between clinicians and service users, coding and analysing the resultant qualitative data (using Thematic Analysis).
Research Intern
Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS)
August 2014 - March 2015
Received full-time training in psychometric and psycho-physiological assessments. Worked in the area of research designing, data analysis, publication writing and conference presentations. Worked as a Teaching assistant for ‘Organizational Behaviour', ‘Psychology of Victims' and ‘Delinquent Behaviour'. Under supervision, I have independently lectured two classes on ‘Self-Victimization' and ‘Mental Health and Disorders'. Delivered workshops for school students and teachers on issues such as Learning Disability, ADHD, Combatting Stress and Anxiety, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Troubled teens etc. Actively organized and presented a review paper at the Second International Conference on ‘Professionalism in Victim-Assistance Programs in India: Role of Social Workers, Psychologists, Judiciary, Government and NGOs' held on October 30 and 31, 2014 in India during my tenure.
Teaching Volunteer/Batch Head
Make a Difference, NGO
July 2011 - April 2012
Taught Cambridge Syllabus English through interactive games and other innovative teaching methods to underprivileged children in an orphanage. Provided life skill education, personality development sessions, career-awareness workshops and dealt with special kids. As the batch head, supervised the other classes, and managed the administrative processes.
Desired Employment
Care Assistant Jobs
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Position Type:
Full Time
Desired Travel:
0% travel
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United Kingdom
University of Delhi
Bachelors Degree (or Equivalent)
July 2011 - August 2014
University of Sussex
Masters Degree (or Equivalent)
September 2015 - August 2016
South Downs Recovery College
May 2016 - July 2016
I finished a three month course on Mindfulness with the College.
Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, India
August 2014 - March 2015
I also received full-time training in psychometric and psycho-physiological assessments ranging from psycho-physiological tests like EEG, projective tests (TAT, House-Tree-Person Test, Animal Metaphor test), self-report measures (like MMPI, NEO-PI, 16PF or BDI), rating scales, direct and indirect observations and structured and semi-structured interviews.
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Aparajita Pandey