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Day in the Life πŸ“’ seeing clients, boxing, + schoolwork

Hey all, today I’m going to be blogging about a day in my life of practicum. Because my schedule started at noon, I had time to my self in the morning. Self care means doing not just the things you want to do but also the things you have to do. Looking at the pile of clean laundry on my bed, I knew that sorting it was what I had to do.

Being a future psychologist surrounded by other psychologists comes with a benefit: you can talk to each other about your problems. The latest thing I found out: I’m afraid of being angry. “I experience everything on the spectrum of emotions except anger,” I said. “Everyone experiences anger,” they said. “You’re just suppressing yours, because the ways you’ve seen anger expressed were scary or uncomfortable”. They had a point. I realized that some of the times I was stressed or sad might have actually been angry times.

In the spirit of expressing healthy anger, I ended up boxing at the gym. I thought I’d get maybe two punches in, but I ended up going for over fifteen minutes straight. It was a great end to my usual workout routine.

I am friends with the guy who works at my gym, since I basically live there. He found gloves for me from the storage unit. I woke up the next day feeling so sore that I could barely produce a sneeze without my back hurting. I consulted with my brother, who boxes a lot. The verdict: you’re not supposed to start off with the black bag, you’re supposed to practice your form first or your upper body will absorb the impact of your punches. Sooo… There’s that.

Then, I had supervision over the phone while I drove to practicum. After that, I arrived and had two individual sessions, and then another two hours of supervision/didactic training. I spent about 2 hours on notes. We typically do an IRP format (Intervention, Response, and Plan), as well as a section for behavioral obs, barriers to discharge/plans for aftercare, and treatment goals.

It was one of the lightest days I’ve had in a while because I technically only saw 2 clients.

In the evening, I went to my boyfriend’s house. I’ve been trying many different Persian foods lately, because his family is from Iran and their food is incredible. Things I’ve tried so far: koofteh, kharafs, sweet chicken (forgot the Persian word for it), Persian macaroni (made with tomatoes and meat), and rice with tadig (tadig is either potatoes baked into the bottom of the rice pot or lavash baked into the bottom).

Then, we both did a ton of homework. For me, in addition to finishing a few assignments, that meant catching up on tracking practicum hours (I’m a little behind with that). We planned to go swimming, but a) I had already boxed my heart out and b) it was getting late. Instead, I went to bed at 10:45, which is the adult version of heaven. And that was my day πŸ™‚

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Hi everyone! I started my doctorate in clinical psychology in fall 2020. A google search revealed that there are no current grad school blogs for psychology students. Anyway, I happen to know a girl who wants to document her journey to getting a doctorate (spoiler: it's me). Welcome. Hope you stay awhile!

2 thoughts on “Day in the Life πŸ“’ seeing clients, boxing, + schoolwork

  1. Early bedtimes = definitely the adult version of heaven, LOL! Boxing is tough stuff! We have a punching bag but I rarely use it because it whoops my butt haha.

    I know what you mean about anger. I had a conversation with Jimmy about how I never get angry… I just get sad. Maybe I’m surprising my anger, too… maybe I *should* use our punching bag more, haha.

    Loved reading your day in the life post πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! And yes, it has a lot to do with how anger was expressed when we were younger. Anger wasn’t “okay” in my family, so I stopped letting myself feel angry. But it’s an emotion just like any other. You should try out the punching bag. You might just surprise yourself!

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