Introducing James Randall, Director for Early Careers
I work with young people and families across Yorkshire (NHS). My practice is in-line with systemic and cognitive analytic approaches, with particular consideration to the lessons we can learn from critical psychology and community engagement.
I fall into the same category that I represent on the ACP-UK Board of Directors – in that I am an early career psychologist myself; I trained at the University of Hertfordshire and qualified in 2017. Previous to this and for over four years, I played a key role in the Pre-Qualification Group (PQG) within the Division of Clinical Psychology – co-chairing the group before and throughout my own training journey.
I have recently edited a book entitled ‘Surviving Clinical Psychology: The personal, professional & political selves on the journey to qualification’ that addresses the needs of early career psychologists – before, during and after clinical training. The book asks some key questions about ‘what clinical psychology can become’ and the key threads to the text are tied to the necessity of establishing a key public presence and influential voice on the things that really matter – all of which link with my vision for what the ACP-UK could stand for and become, as we build our professional body together.
I see early career psychologists as having a crucial role in taking this vision forward.
More broadly, I am also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an occasional lecturer on the University of Hertfordshire DClinPsy course. I continue to publish on a range of topics, that for example include, community psychology approaches (e.g. ‘Pebbles in Palms’), identity and difference (e.g. ‘becoming a visibly tattooed psychologist’), and team approaches (e.g. systemic response to service restructures).