The OXICPT team held our 3rd careers event for specifically for aspiring clinical psychologists from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds on Saturday 28th October at the Kings Centre in Oxford.
This year we had the highest attendance yet, we had the pleasure of meeting nearly 90 people who attended, and were very sorry we were unable to accommodate the many people on the waiting list, we hope to put video recordings of the keynote talks on the website soon.
Our keynote speaker was Prof Zenobia Nadirshaw, former chair of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology Race & Culture faculty. She was also recently awarded honorary life membership of the British Psychological Society in recognition of her work to raise the profile of ethnic minority issues over the last 42 years. Zenobia gave a passionate address on why Clinical Psychology needs people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the profession.
Our other speakers included Dr David Dean, Admissions Tutor, who spoke about the Oxford, selection process, Dr Reena Vohora, Academic Tutor who spoke about the importance of understanding cultural issues when working with clients, Belledeep Dathan, a 3rd year OXIPCT trainee who spoke about her own career journey and Charlie Wilson and Tammy Renwick, also 3rd year trainees who spoke about the importance of reflection in becoming a clinical psychologist.
Institute Director, David Murphy, who opened the event, said afterwards "This was really a fantastic event, our speakers were brilliant and it was such a pleasure and privilege for us to be able to welcome and meet so many talented and enthusiastic young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. They really have so much potential to contribute to our profession and we really look forward to seeing many of them again as we very much hope they will be applying to Oxford."