One man and his dog: The journey of a legally blind student through a clinical psychology training program

[Speaker] Pachana, Nancy A:1
[Co-author] Mac, Jefferson:1
1:The University of Queensland (Australia)

Studying in a fast paced, high stress clinical program is challenging at the best of times, but doing so as a legally blind student adds a unique layer of complexity to the experience. The main barriers that I faced throughout this clinical program revolved around the administration and scoring of psychometric and neurocognitive assessments, as well as the dependence on hard copy administrative client records. These vision-related barriers had the potential to make my experience in the program a painfully negative one, but the strategies and support from program staff who were open and willing to work with me to find solutions for the barriers allowed me to flourish as a trainee clinician. Just as important was the warmth and cohesiveness of my cohort, who created a supportive environment that allowed me to lean on them during difficult times, and celebrate alongside them after achieving major program milestones.
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