I am very grateful to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for supporting me to complete an MSc in Psychology at Cardiff University. The course has enabled me to convert my interest in psychology into a deeper academic understanding of the discipline. As well as completing modules in areas such as social, developmental, and biological psychology, I undertook a research project exploring influences on beliefs about infant caregiving.
One of the most rewarding and inspiring aspects of the course was completing a three-month placement with the Child and Family Psychology and Therapies Service of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. During the placement, I developed my understanding of various psychological models and ideas, and I learnt how these can be applied in practice to promote psychological wellbeing and reduce distress. I came to understand the value of embedding psychological thinking into the communities surrounding children and families, working on several projects relating to building skills of organisations and engaging with communities.
As I start my career in Wales as an assistant psychologist, I am excited to take forward the knowledge, skills, and values that I have developed during the MSc, applying these to new contexts and continuing to build on them. I would like to reiterate my thanks to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for their generous and encouraging support over the year.