The Skeleton Cupboard

The Skeleton Cupboard

The Making of A Clinical Psychologist

Book - 2014
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The Skeleton Cupboard is Professor Tanya Byron's account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers. Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat. Gripping, poignant and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff and highlights their incredible commitment to their patients. Powerfully moving and beautifully written, The Skeleton Cupboard shares the tales of ordinary people with an amazing resilience to the challenges of life.
Publisher: London :, Macmillan,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781447261667
Branch Call Number: 616.89 BYR
Characteristics: 311 pages ;,25 cm.


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FSJPL_Amy Aug 24, 2016

I couldn't put down this compelling and readable book, wanting more and more of the stories of interesting and complex people the author treated during her training as a clinical psychologist. At first I wasn't sure I could finish it; the first few stories were disturbing and I ached for some of the patients. But the author's growth as a clinician and person as she figured out how to treat them was so compelling I couldn't stop reading. I loved how she smashed the "us and them" stereotype of mental health, and showed that she herself is vulnerable in many of the same ways her patients are. A moving, emotional read.

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