Prior to September 2017 my working week was mainly spent at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus which is just outside of Kuala Lumpur. You can read more about my time there if you follow this link.
I stopped teaching because I wanted to do more direct clinical work. I really enjoy working with people to try to improve their psychological well-being. If you’d like to know why I wrote another post explaining ‘why I enjoy working as a clinical psychologist’.
Since I left the University of Nottingham I no longer have a ‘boss’ so I’ve been able to choose how I spend my week at work. I’ve divided my work week into three main pieces of work:
1. Private clinical work at Prince Court Medical Centre
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I am at Prince Court Medical Centre which is a private hospital near the centre of Kuala Lumpur. I sometimes work after 5pm or on Saturday mornings but I try to limit this so I can spend time with my family. You can find out more about how I developed my private practice and the issues that I’m looking into on my blog.
2. Clinical work and consultancy at the University of Malaya’s Medical Centre
On Thursday’s I work at a local University Hospital. I supervise the clinical psychologists, teach the trainee psychiatrists and do some clinical work with people who are referred to me via the psychiatrists. The hospital has a private wing but my work is in on the local government side. I see this work as part of my attempt to Improve Access to Psychological Help in Malaysia.
3. Voluntary work at the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Tuesday’s I spend working on projects for the UN’s refugee agency here in Malaysia. You can read more about my work with refugees here.