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Lara Naqvi

Degree studied: Psychology

The BPS accredited psychology degree has proved to be invaluable for my career; it has given me an excellent framework of ethical understanding; a range of transferable skills to utilise within the workplace; and the variety of modules on offer have provided a great foundation for many important topics within the field.

Completing the degree has been the gateway through which I have been able to secure clinical work within the field. The degree was an essential requirement for both my previous and current job roles, and also for entry onto the forensic psychology masters degree.

 In addition, the teaching on the course is to the highest standard, the lecturers are incredibly knowledgeable and approachable which gave me great confidence to pursue postgraduate study.

I have recently accepted a position of assistant psychologist at HMP Bronzefield. The role is varied and will include carrying out initial offender assessments to determine the suitability of offenders to join intervention groups and programmes; and delivering a range of interventions to groups of female offenders, with a focus on CBT for anxiety and depression.

In addition, I will hold a caseload of individual cases to work with on a one to one basis. There is also a research element to the role which includes gathering data, or using existing data (pre- and post-intervention) in order to analyse and report findings for both the prison service and the NHS.

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