How to get the most out of your registrar training

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

So you have finished your Masters, Doctorate or PhD training and you are standing at the precipice of investing in registrar training in order to achieve your endorsed area of practice. How do you know if the training is going to be any good, and not simply be an expensive hoop jumping exercise?

Even at a discounted supervision rate of $175 per session, and piecing together the cheapest possible CPD, you are about to spend the best part of $20,000 on this next part of your education. Getting it right matters.

Here are some things to consider when you are starting your endorsement training.

What are your blind spots ?

Despite the best of intentions, most psychology graduates come out of university with a handful of areas in which they lack skills or confidence. Maybe you had a supervisor who was excellent at CBT (or ACT, or Psychodynamic) and viewed everything through that lens. While you may have gained extensive skills in this one area, you might feel underdone in others. It is much easier to identify and work on these gaps at this stage in your career, rather than 5 years down the track when the expectation will be a rounded skill-set

Where do you see your career going ?

Some registrars are already clear about a particular group of clients they want to work with. If you are confident in this decision, there might be little value in a very general placement. But remember that what seems exciting and filled with passion now might not be in 20 years time, so don’t close your other options if you aren’t sure. Many registrars want to “get a taste for everything”, which is often a way of saying that their internship was a bit too focused on a couple of different areas and that having a bit of a wider sample might be good. If this is you, private practice may be an excellent option, but make sure you ask the question as to what type of clients you can expect to see, in terms of diagnosis, cultural groups, age, severity and acuity. This will give you confidence that the place you are going to work, will provide you with the learning opportunities you need

How do you plan to develop your skills