Yesterday, on 28th March 2017, it was my written exam day at QM. Although it was not perfect, because I was convinced that I studied very hard I had found myself very calm before the exam started.
In order for me to remember what questions were,
1. Discuss Confidentiality with two of the four exceptions; privilege, child client, couple therapy and in the case after patients die
2. Explain the effect of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) with a key reading about problem solving reappraisal.
3. Psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy are often criticised as they are not scientific treatment and because of this, it is untested. Evaluate at least three key components (concepts?) and discuss the efficiency of psychoanalysis.
4. The Dodo Bird Verdict (the outcomes of the measurements of different psychological therapies are same) is alive, well almost. Evaluate (I cannot remember now) this point with relevant theories (or something).
5. Explain two psychological therapies for Borderline Personality Disorder. Use evidences and demonstrate the effects.
It is not accurate.
Because when I looked at [reappraisal] in Japanese, the Japanese meaning did not make sense to me, I immediately decided not to tackle 2.
I was really confident with 3 and 4, so I was briefly wondering which I could do, 1 or 5. I was and am sure I could demonstrate a way of how CAT (cognitive analytic therapy) would work with BDP patients, but I did not deeply read about Mentalisation Therapy, SFT (schema focused therapy), TFP (transference focused therapy) and CBT. Instead, the question about confidentiality, although my knowledge to answer the question was just enough, I was more comfortable with this than 5 and did it.
There was a minor problem in the exam room to me, but during the exam and after the exam, I was rather calm.
There is no guarantee that I would pass the written exam, but I feel and hope that at least I could demonstrate what I have achieved to reach the minimum score to pass it.
I would like to send my Big and Warm thanks to my classmates and friends. Without you all, my days at QM would have been much tougher than it has been.
The last piece is the clinical report which I have to complete and submit in the middle of May. After resting for a few days, I will start to find some articles for it.