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I saw my first intake patient last week! I think out of my group I saw the easiest patient in terms of her not being "a flooder" as my clinic director puts it. A flooder being someone who sits down and tells you the entire history of their life in under six minutes and you somehow have to keep up. No, my patient was not like this in the least but that presented me with a different set of challenges.

In any case, it was a rather great experience even as I was sort of petrified before going in. Many of my fellow students and I then had a sort of schizophrenic feedback. My supervisor who listened to my presentation of my patient gave me high marks on how I conducted the intake. But my clinic director was less than impressed with me. So I went from feeling great to feeling like hell and then back again when the coordinator of the clinic sent us all an email being like, "first one's the hardest! good job everyone!!" I like how the clinic is trying to turn us into borderlines before we can treat the borderlines.

In any case, after a rather difficult first few weeks of the second semester with slogging through dull papers and duller lectures, it was nice to start actually doing the practical work that's the whole point of my degree.
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I saw my first intake patient last week! I think out of my group I saw the easiest patient in terms of her not being "a flooder" as my clinic director puts it. A flooder being someone who sits down and tells you the entire history of their life in under six minutes and you somehow have to keep up. No, my patient was not like this in the least but that presented me with a different set of challenges.

In any case, it was a rather great experience even as I was sort of petrified before going in. Many of my fellow students and I then had a sort of schizophrenic feedback. My supervisor who listened to my presentation of my patient gave me high marks on how I conducted the intake. But my clinic director was less than impressed with me. So I went from feeling great to feeling like hell and then back again when the coordinator of the clinic sent us all an email being like, "first one's the hardest! good job everyone!!" I like how the clinic is trying to turn us into borderlines before we can treat the borderlines.

In any case, after a rather difficult first few weeks of the second semester with slogging through dull papers and duller lectures, it was nice to start actually doing the practical work that's the whole point of my degree.
joonscribble: (sigh)
Tomorrow will be the start of my spring semester. I wish I was a bit more excited about it but much like last semester, I have no control over what classes I take and thus am slogging through the duller ones. I also in general feel like I just need a longer break. January wasn't nearly enough since I spent all of it helping my parents pack up their house to move. I want to spend at least another week or so just lazing around my apartment and reading the stack of books that are by my bed. *SIGH*

On a happier note, I got my tickets in the mail for Derek Jacobi's King Lear at BAM, which I'll see on screen this coming Thursday when they broadcast it from the Donmar Theater. To be honest, if I'd known that he was coming to NY to perform, I wouldn't have gotten the broadcast tickets. But hey, I have them now and I'm all for seeing the great actor twice.
joonscribble: (sigh)
Tomorrow will be the start of my spring semester. I wish I was a bit more excited about it but much like last semester, I have no control over what classes I take and thus am slogging through the duller ones. I also in general feel like I just need a longer break. January wasn't nearly enough since I spent all of it helping my parents pack up their house to move. I want to spend at least another week or so just lazing around my apartment and reading the stack of books that are by my bed. *SIGH*

On a happier note, I got my tickets in the mail for Derek Jacobi's King Lear at BAM, which I'll see on screen this coming Thursday when they broadcast it from the Donmar Theater. To be honest, if I'd known that he was coming to NY to perform, I wouldn't have gotten the broadcast tickets. But hey, I have them now and I'm all for seeing the great actor twice.
joonscribble: (ruletheworld)
It says something that after studying for my first doctoral-level stats exam, I find putting together the reference list for a professor's article sort of relaxing.

Said professor is one of those mad genius types who gave me his article to go through and put together the references. However, all I have to go on to locate all the articles he references is a date and a name. It's not impossible but it's just a really inefficient way of locating these things. But strangely it's almost calming after staring at ANOVA problems for three hours.
joonscribble: (ruletheworld)
It says something that after studying for my first doctoral-level stats exam, I find putting together the reference list for a professor's article sort of relaxing.

Said professor is one of those mad genius types who gave me his article to go through and put together the references. However, all I have to go on to locate all the articles he references is a date and a name. It's not impossible but it's just a really inefficient way of locating these things. But strangely it's almost calming after staring at ANOVA problems for three hours.

Miscellany

Sep. 14th, 2010 11:16 pm
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On the Media Viewing Front...

The first Tuesday of the White Collar season break and I'm feeling the withdrawal already.

Randomly I rewatched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy starring Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, and Mos Def. The first time I saw this in theaters I was slightly drunk and consequently had little recollection of it. Watching it sober I realized that there are a lot of things wrong with it. But also a lot of things that made me smile. Despite the fact that he looked nothing like the way I'd always pictured Ford Prefect in my head (my Ford has red hair), I kind of loved Mos Def's interpretation.

On the RL Front...

My first doctoral stats exam is next week. I sort of fear it. Mainly because most of the upper classmen have been telling me it's a bit brutal. Great.

My program itself continues to bring me some agony along with the ecstasy. As much as I enjoy most of my courses, I feel ridiculously disconnected from the rest of my cohort which is made up of 11 other students. I'm fairly certain about 80% is in my imagination but this does little to stem my general malaise when I realize that I have nothing in common with these people other than a desire to be a clinical psychologist. How is it that I somehow ended up back in high school where I find myself worrying if I'm in group or out group??

On the Fic Front...Mainly "Smoke and Mirrors"

Bet you didn't think I'd bring up my disasterously overdue WIP fic, huh? 

Well, here's where things sort of stand. Basically, the story plotwise is done. I've mapped it out and I know where everyone needs to go and how stories will conclude and the reasons behind why certain things happened. What I'm mostly stuck on is finding the time and the energy to actually type it out in a prose that won't bore people to tears and/or make them question what happened to my grasp on both the Torchwood and Dresden Files fandoms.

Do I intend to finish this story one day? Yes, I do. Is there a set time? No.

So, for those of you who are either waiting to kill me or ready to give up in frustration, I have an offer to make.

Read more... )

Miscellany

Sep. 14th, 2010 11:16 pm
joonscribble: (sigh)
On the Media Viewing Front...

The first Tuesday of the White Collar season break and I'm feeling the withdrawal already.

Randomly I rewatched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy starring Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, and Mos Def. The first time I saw this in theaters I was slightly drunk and consequently had little recollection of it. Watching it sober I realized that there are a lot of things wrong with it. But also a lot of things that made me smile. Despite the fact that he looked nothing like the way I'd always pictured Ford Prefect in my head (my Ford has red hair), I kind of loved Mos Def's interpretation.

On the RL Front...

My first doctoral stats exam is next week. I sort of fear it. Mainly because most of the upper classmen have been telling me it's a bit brutal. Great.

My program itself continues to bring me some agony along with the ecstasy. As much as I enjoy most of my courses, I feel ridiculously disconnected from the rest of my cohort which is made up of 11 other students. I'm fairly certain about 80% is in my imagination but this does little to stem my general malaise when I realize that I have nothing in common with these people other than a desire to be a clinical psychologist. How is it that I somehow ended up back in high school where I find myself worrying if I'm in group or out group??

On the Fic Front...Mainly "Smoke and Mirrors"

Bet you didn't think I'd bring up my disasterously overdue WIP fic, huh? 

Well, here's where things sort of stand. Basically, the story plotwise is done. I've mapped it out and I know where everyone needs to go and how stories will conclude and the reasons behind why certain things happened. What I'm mostly stuck on is finding the time and the energy to actually type it out in a prose that won't bore people to tears and/or make them question what happened to my grasp on both the Torchwood and Dresden Files fandoms.

Do I intend to finish this story one day? Yes, I do. Is there a set time? No.

So, for those of you who are either waiting to kill me or ready to give up in frustration, I have an offer to make.

Read more... )
joonscribble: (HellishQuiz)
I enjoyed my two days of freedom and now I have a whole new fresh hell sitting in front of me: applying for doctoral programs.

I have 12 schools on my list and the sheer volume of things I need to do in order to get my applications in on time is somewhat frightening. It's like some exercise in organization since each school has varying ways they want you to submit your application, what your application needs, how many recommendations, how to send those recommendations, etc.

Some people see challenges like this and get fired up. Others curl up into a ball and cry. I'm sort of in the middle. I start making lists in my head and start outlining a spreadsheet to keep track of everything...but usually after I sob quietly into my hands about how little sleep I'll be getting.
joonscribble: (HellishQuiz)
I enjoyed my two days of freedom and now I have a whole new fresh hell sitting in front of me: applying for doctoral programs.

I have 12 schools on my list and the sheer volume of things I need to do in order to get my applications in on time is somewhat frightening. It's like some exercise in organization since each school has varying ways they want you to submit your application, what your application needs, how many recommendations, how to send those recommendations, etc.

Some people see challenges like this and get fired up. Others curl up into a ball and cry. I'm sort of in the middle. I start making lists in my head and start outlining a spreadsheet to keep track of everything...but usually after I sob quietly into my hands about how little sleep I'll be getting.
joonscribble: (ruletheworld)
Ah, it was a beautiful, crisp Fall weather day today. It was the first day where I didn't have to think about which psychology flashcards I'd carry around with me to test myself with. Because that test was now done. DONE! I suppose I could have stayed in bed and read. Or watched TV. Or surf the Internet. Basically do anything that didn't involve psychology. Only I didn't.

I woke up in the early afternoon, had a leisurely meal and then went to the Rubin Museum where Carl Jung's Red Book is currently on display. Like a geek, I took a photo of the book with my camera phone (no flash, obviously).

Apart from the original copy that was safely encased, they had a couple of copies of the published version lying around so I got a chance to actually flip through one. The published version is about 400 pages. The first 200 pages is the facsimile of the original text that was a mix of German and Latin along with the accompanying illustrations. The latter 200 is the English translation of the text.

I didn't know Jung painted as a hobby. This explains why his illustrations look rather polished. They're an unusual mix of beautiful and somewhat frightening, but I suppose that was the point. I read a little bit of the translated text and while I can't say it immediately grabbed me, I did want to continue going. Maybe one day I'll buy myself a copy. The book is pretty damn big and felt like a stone slab when I picked it up. I feel like if I did get a copy, I need to have it on display or something. I'm not even sure it'd fit on my current book shelf.

joonscribble: (ruletheworld)
Ah, it was a beautiful, crisp Fall weather day today. It was the first day where I didn't have to think about which psychology flashcards I'd carry around with me to test myself with. Because that test was now done. DONE! I suppose I could have stayed in bed and read. Or watched TV. Or surf the Internet. Basically do anything that didn't involve psychology. Only I didn't.

I woke up in the early afternoon, had a leisurely meal and then went to the Rubin Museum where Carl Jung's Red Book is currently on display. Like a geek, I took a photo of the book with my camera phone (no flash, obviously).

Apart from the original copy that was safely encased, they had a couple of copies of the published version lying around so I got a chance to actually flip through one. The published version is about 400 pages. The first 200 pages is the facsimile of the original text that was a mix of German and Latin along with the accompanying illustrations. The latter 200 is the English translation of the text.

I didn't know Jung painted as a hobby. This explains why his illustrations look rather polished. They're an unusual mix of beautiful and somewhat frightening, but I suppose that was the point. I read a little bit of the translated text and while I can't say it immediately grabbed me, I did want to continue going. Maybe one day I'll buy myself a copy. The book is pretty damn big and felt like a stone slab when I picked it up. I feel like if I did get a copy, I need to have it on display or something. I'm not even sure it'd fit on my current book shelf.

joonscribble: (HellishQuiz)
I'll be taking the psychology subject GREs tomorrow and my biggest concern at the moment is that I wake up on time. I have my usual alarm set and then my cell phone to also go off ten minutes later if I continue to sleep through it.

I'll be SO happy when these are over. I shall celebrate with seeing a friend whom I haven't seen in awhile and having a much desired glass of wine.

And then perhaps I will dance about and flail my arms while said friend plays Tom Jones' Sex Bomb. (Don't ask)
joonscribble: (HellishQuiz)
I'll be taking the psychology subject GREs tomorrow and my biggest concern at the moment is that I wake up on time. I have my usual alarm set and then my cell phone to also go off ten minutes later if I continue to sleep through it.

I'll be SO happy when these are over. I shall celebrate with seeing a friend whom I haven't seen in awhile and having a much desired glass of wine.

And then perhaps I will dance about and flail my arms while said friend plays Tom Jones' Sex Bomb. (Don't ask)
joonscribble: (OwenHarper)
I'm finally taking a time out to write about RL that doesn't involve whining about standardized testing or whinging about how little time I have to do fandom things.

So yesterday in my counseling class, I finally got to do the first stage of actual counseling. I've done very brief emotional support-like work at my internships that's almost always overlaid with having to gather data for a research study. So the focus of my sessions are almost never 100% about the client, even though I could potentially end up spending most of the time walking them through emotional mine fields. I guess the big difference is that when I'm doing research-oriented sessions, my mind is sort of focused on diagnosing and evaluating where the client falls within our research protocol whereas with straightforward counseling, your mind is on picking up what's important to the client.

My counseling professor had us practice on each other and oddly the thing that I found the most difficult to keep in my mind was my body position. I think naturally my body rests at what my professor calls a 'closed position' so I'm actively telling myself to not cross my arms, even though that's my natural 'listening and comprehending' position.

So first stage: listening and empathizing. It's also funny to me that we're learning the actual steps of achieving these two things. I understand the importance of articulating out how you should behave when with a client, but it amuses me that we're being told to nod and make encouraging noises. I almost feel like if you're not doing this already naturally when someone is telling you something personal then it won't look all that genuine if you're coaching yourself to do it.

But anyway, overall the practice went well. People were afraid we wouldn't know what was appropriate to share with class when we played 'the client' but once it started it was almost like all of us had too many issues to choose from.

So basically, we're all in need of some TLC.

joonscribble: (OwenHarper)
I'm finally taking a time out to write about RL that doesn't involve whining about standardized testing or whinging about how little time I have to do fandom things.

So yesterday in my counseling class, I finally got to do the first stage of actual counseling. I've done very brief emotional support-like work at my internships that's almost always overlaid with having to gather data for a research study. So the focus of my sessions are almost never 100% about the client, even though I could potentially end up spending most of the time walking them through emotional mine fields. I guess the big difference is that when I'm doing research-oriented sessions, my mind is sort of focused on diagnosing and evaluating where the client falls within our research protocol whereas with straightforward counseling, your mind is on picking up what's important to the client.

My counseling professor had us practice on each other and oddly the thing that I found the most difficult to keep in my mind was my body position. I think naturally my body rests at what my professor calls a 'closed position' so I'm actively telling myself to not cross my arms, even though that's my natural 'listening and comprehending' position.

So first stage: listening and empathizing. It's also funny to me that we're learning the actual steps of achieving these two things. I understand the importance of articulating out how you should behave when with a client, but it amuses me that we're being told to nod and make encouraging noises. I almost feel like if you're not doing this already naturally when someone is telling you something personal then it won't look all that genuine if you're coaching yourself to do it.

But anyway, overall the practice went well. People were afraid we wouldn't know what was appropriate to share with class when we played 'the client' but once it started it was almost like all of us had too many issues to choose from.

So basically, we're all in need of some TLC.

joonscribble: (Kuromi)
I start classes next week and I'm looking forward to it even as I'm dreading even more time gone from my schedule. But at the same time, the classes I've signed up for sound awesome so I can't help but be somewhat excited.

A few days ago, I rewatched "Children of Earth" with someone who had never once seen a single episode of Torchwood. She seemed somewhat unimpressed through most of it until we got to the very last scene in episode 4. Then she started crying. Like, real tears running down her face, leaving behind streaks of make-up crying. I didn't make her feel that much better when I gave her a brief overview of what had happened before CoE.

I've slowly been wading into the Merlin fandom. Not really as a fic writer or anything, but sort of checking it out. Mainly because I'd rewatched a few episodes and was reminded that the show really did improve quite a bit toward the end. I can only hope this trend will continue on into season 2. I'm pleased to learn that Mordred will be returning in season 2, because I really thought the writers were just going to leave that dangling out of sheer laziness. And also random, but awesome is Gilbert from Being Human making a guest appearance! (Not AS Gilbert, obviously. The actor, I mean.)

And finally, fic. Oh, fic. Oh, fic, you bastard. I realize my problem is simply the next chapter. All the other chapters after it have come to me fairly easily, but for whatever reason, Harry is doing a terrible job communicating one particular point to Bellamy and thus my brain is sort of stuck there. Meanwhile, Jack, Gwen, and Ianto's Soul In a Bottle are all patiently in the queue behind them, wishing the two wizards would just hurry the damn up and finish their conversation. I guess I'll try and prod them with a stick.

joonscribble: (Kuromi)
I start classes next week and I'm looking forward to it even as I'm dreading even more time gone from my schedule. But at the same time, the classes I've signed up for sound awesome so I can't help but be somewhat excited.

A few days ago, I rewatched "Children of Earth" with someone who had never once seen a single episode of Torchwood. She seemed somewhat unimpressed through most of it until we got to the very last scene in episode 4. Then she started crying. Like, real tears running down her face, leaving behind streaks of make-up crying. I didn't make her feel that much better when I gave her a brief overview of what had happened before CoE.

I've slowly been wading into the Merlin fandom. Not really as a fic writer or anything, but sort of checking it out. Mainly because I'd rewatched a few episodes and was reminded that the show really did improve quite a bit toward the end. I can only hope this trend will continue on into season 2. I'm pleased to learn that Mordred will be returning in season 2, because I really thought the writers were just going to leave that dangling out of sheer laziness. And also random, but awesome is Gilbert from Being Human making a guest appearance! (Not AS Gilbert, obviously. The actor, I mean.)

And finally, fic. Oh, fic. Oh, fic, you bastard. I realize my problem is simply the next chapter. All the other chapters after it have come to me fairly easily, but for whatever reason, Harry is doing a terrible job communicating one particular point to Bellamy and thus my brain is sort of stuck there. Meanwhile, Jack, Gwen, and Ianto's Soul In a Bottle are all patiently in the queue behind them, wishing the two wizards would just hurry the damn up and finish their conversation. I guess I'll try and prod them with a stick.

joonscribble: (RoseDoctor)
Item 1 - A huge thank you to whoever nominated my story, "Last One Out" for the Children of Time Awards! It really brought a huge smile and cheer to my stressed out self.

Item 2 - The next chapter of "Smoke and Mirrors" is slotted for Wednesday.

Item 3 - Took my first practice psych GRE. Based on the scaling system of last year's version of this exam, I got a score of 700, which puts me above the average scores for the schools I'll be applying to. However, this is based on last year's scaling system so I'll need to bring up my raw score by at least 20 points to make myself feel comfortable.

Item 4 - In honor of Mad Men returning this weekend, I bring you THIS bit of humor starring Jon Hamm. I suppose it's only funny if you know who James Mason is, but really, his vocal impression of the actor is so spot on it's eerie. If I close my eyes, it's totally James Mason.

Item 5 - The cast of Being Human briefly give their input on the season 2 script read HERE. I can't wait for the new season!!!

joonscribble: (RoseDoctor)
Item 1 - A huge thank you to whoever nominated my story, "Last One Out" for the Children of Time Awards! It really brought a huge smile and cheer to my stressed out self.

Item 2 - The next chapter of "Smoke and Mirrors" is slotted for Wednesday.

Item 3 - Took my first practice psych GRE. Based on the scaling system of last year's version of this exam, I got a score of 700, which puts me above the average scores for the schools I'll be applying to. However, this is based on last year's scaling system so I'll need to bring up my raw score by at least 20 points to make myself feel comfortable.

Item 4 - In honor of Mad Men returning this weekend, I bring you THIS bit of humor starring Jon Hamm. I suppose it's only funny if you know who James Mason is, but really, his vocal impression of the actor is so spot on it's eerie. If I close my eyes, it's totally James Mason.

Item 5 - The cast of Being Human briefly give their input on the season 2 script read HERE. I can't wait for the new season!!!

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