So this is what it looks like...


Yesterday I joined a group of students from Forest's Committee of Neuropsychology Students (CNS) for a tour of the St. John's Neuro Rehab Unit here in Springfield.  Dr. Mothersead, an adjunct professor here at school and a staff neuropsychologist at St. John's, was our tour guide.  We walked through some PT and OT rehab rooms, as well as the rehab courtyard.  We spoke with staff members in occupational therapy and recreational therapy about what they do on a daily basis. Dr. Mothersead took us into one of the rehab conference rooms and talked to us about how a rehab team meets together several times a week to discuss different patients. This team includes speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, recreational therapists, a neurologist and also a neuropsychologist or a rehabilitation psychologist. They work together to set goals for treatment programs and to assess how much longer an individual may need to stay on their service. 

One of the things I have loved about my months here at Forest is the different opportunities I have had to go out into the community and see possible practicum sites and to meet professionals working in my field. I have visited the Jordan Valley Community Health Center, The Kitchen Clinic and now St. John's. With the Primary Care Psychology Student Group I had a opportunity to meet a guest speaker (Dr. Jacque Carter) who works in the Cox Family Medicine Residency Program here in Springfield.

I can dream about the future (and believe me, I have a vivid imagination!!!), but nothing motivates me more than going out and seeing what it's going to be like to be a psychologist in a medical setting. Dr. Mothersead commented on something that Dr. Neumann discussed with our Health Psychology class the other day: the fact that in the medical setting, psychologists need to work efficiently.  Medical doctors are used to doing their tests and getting the results quickly.  If we want to work well within those healthcare systems and work in collaboration with a medical team, then we need to be able to turn out consultations and assessments quickly and accurately. It sounds a bit stressful, but I know that the education I'm getting and the practicum experiences I will have will prepare me to do just that.

I'm enjoying the journey... and I'm even more excited now that I have an even better idea of what it looks like to be a practicing psychologist...