Simple psychology.

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Julieta Monteleone

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Word count: 1554

Choice count: 31

Section count: 21

Image count: 21

Error count: 2

Field Related Analysis:

Psychology : 23 matches (abuse, behaviour, class, client, compensation, diagnosis, dream, drive, family, FAST, focus, hearing, information, learning, love, nervous, patient, psychology, psychologist, selfish, sexual abuse, shock, therapy)

Law/Paralegal-Technology : 21 matches (appointment, bias, blackmail, client, clients, compensation, discretion, excuse, extortion, fact, family, hearing, House, Information, office, private, road, Sexual, shock, surprise, truth)

Nursing : 17 matches (compensation, diagnosis, Doctor, foot, Health, jerk, nervous, practice, psychologist, psychology, PTSD, rash, reaction, responsibility, shock, sick, patients)

Target Structure:

a foot in the door (1 match)

bias (1 match)

compensation package (1 match)

dead-end job (1 match)

flirtation (1 match)

ins-and-outs (1 match)

intern (3 matches)

internship (1 match)

learn the ropes (1 match)

maddening (1 match)

more often than not (1 match)

office politics (1 match)

retirement (1 match)

the drive of work (1 match)


Simple psychology.

By IronChris [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

The beginning.

You have just finished your masters at Concordia University and will be able to start looking for a job. You want all these years of hard work to pay off and get you a good job. You applied at the private practice where you did your internship last summer and got on the job training because you already have a foot in the door. You also apply at the CLSC near your house because you are not like your snob previous classmates and do not believe it is a dead-end job. You get accepted at both, which one do you choose.

Choice 1 : Private practice

Choice 2 : CLSC

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A bumpy road ahead.

You are new to the scene being an actual psychologist so the boss assigns you a colleague to help you learn the ropes. That colleague turns out to be, more often than not, a jerk and clearly has a bias against you. He finds manipulative ways to keep you from getting clients. One day he's out sick and you have the opportunity to take his clients for the day but there are some files missing.

Choice 1 : Take the opportunity to steal one of his clients.

Choice 2 : Go to his house to get the files.

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An unpredictable future.

You get to the CLSC for your first day and get warm welcomes from everyone. The staff looks really nice, your boss looks great and charming. There is even an intern that looks very eager to lean the ins-and-outs of the job. You are excited but still very nervous for you first day. Because you’re new and there are two new patients your colleague lets you choose who you want as your first patient. You get to choose between, a man with PTSD from the war or a family with a story of sexual abuse.

Choice 1 : Man with PTSD.

Choice 2 : Family.

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There’s a new psychologist in town.

You don’t go to get the files for the patient appointment after lunch but let him come in regardless. You tell him your colleague lost all of his files from the two sessions they had and that they have to start all over but that you would love to take over and become his psychologist. You tell him that he would be your first and only patient at the moment and you are going to focus solely on him.

Choice 1 : The patient is outraged.

Choice 2 : The patient likes your proposal.

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The secret.

You call your colleague numerous times during your lunch as you head to his house to get the missing files he took the day before. He does not respond to your calls but you want to show the drive of work that you have so you continue anyway. When you get there, you get the biggest surprise. You can see your colleague on a date, kissing with your boss! After the shock, you wonder what you could do with that information, your colleague is a jerk and you still do not have patients after all.

Choice 1 : Blackmail him into giving you some of his patients.

Choice 2 : You stay out of it.

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A love story.

The man comes in and tells you his story from the war. You quickly identify what traumatized him and you help him understand what his diagnosis of PTSD entails and how to take steps to deal with it. He is very grateful and likes you a lot. You find him very handsome and so brave. As the sessions go, you both begin a flirtation. Everything happened so fast but by the fifth session you are both in love. You cannot get enough of spending time with each other but you know professionally it is not right.

Choice 1 : Tell your boss.

Choice 2 : Use the time for his therapy for dates.

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A hard first day.

The family tells you a really intense story all in the hope that you, the psychologist will help. Instead you start weeping because you cannot believe the sadness of the story. You leave the room to collect yourself and the intern sees you. You explain to him what happened and he proposes to help you by taking over the session.

Choice 1 : Let him take over.

Choice 2 : Go back in yourself.

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The patient tells you that your colleague’s behaviour is completely unprofessional and maddening and so is yours. He says that it is crazy that you tried to pry him from his psychologist and he does not want to talk to an inexperienced and selfish doctor. He says he will never come back and leaves. Your boss learns about the client and calls you to her office to explain yourself.

Choice 1 : Tell the truth.

Choice 2 : Lie.

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Scheming pays off.

The patient is reluctant because you are very new to being someone’s psychologist but adores the fact that you are his only patient. He accepts to change psychologists and even wants to have two sessions per week instead of one. Your boss is very impressed.

Choice 1 : Start again.

By Anizotropia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Amateur extortion.

The next day when your colleague is back you tell him what you saw. You say that you will expose his unprofessional relationship to the whole office if he does not share his clients with you. He acts very afraid and accepts your demands. Later on the boss calls you to her office, tells you that she knows all you have done and fires you.

Choice 1 : Start again.

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The high road.

The next day you tell your colleague what you saw. You tell him you understand how hard an office romance can be and that you will never breathe a word of what you saw. You also tell him you do not want to get sucked up in office politics. He not only respects your behaviour but also appreciates your discretion. You both become friends now.

Choice 1 : Start again.

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You come clean to your boss and explain to her that it is real love but that you know his health comes before everything. She tells you that she understands and is happy you made the right choice for the man as well as for your relationship.

Choice 1 : Start again.

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Blinded by love.

You choose to overlook the consequences and keep your relationship a secret. This takes a toll on the man’s health as he does not have his therapy time anymore. He starts having his intense nightmares again and you realize the mistake you made and you have to make it right.

Choice 1 : Tell your boss.

Choice 2 : You do not tell your boss.

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Truth be told.

You decide to tell the truth. You tell the whole story but accept that what you did was wrong and take full responsibility. To your surprise your boss says she understands and respects the determination. She assigns you a new colleague to actually help get you clients.

Choice 1 : Start again.

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Liar, liar, pants on fire.

You blame the whole story on your colleague. Unfortunately she knows very well it was not his fault. She tells you she does not respect your lying ways and fires you on the spot.

Choice 1 : Start again.

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An unexpected mess.

You knew the intern did not yet have the qualifications to do the job you allowed him to do and it was wrong to let him. The boss knew it too. She was very angry of your rash decision-making and for that fires you.

Choice 1 : Start again.

By André Karwath aka Aka [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Owning up.

You go back in by yourself, excuse your behaviour explain how it is your first day and you regret your reaction. They forgive you and accept to reschedule the session for another day. Your colleague learns about the incident and gives you some tough love to help you really decide if you are made for this.

Choice 1 : Be tougher.

Choice 2 : Quit.

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The hard truth.

You tell your boss all that has been going on. Although she is touched by your story, she cannot tolerate your behaviour and your blatant lying. She fires you with no compensation package.

Choice 1 : Start again.

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Is omitting a lie?

You decide to never tell anyone about how you really started dating your boyfriend but you tell him to change psychologists. Everything goes back to normal.

Choice 1 : Start again.

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Taking the bull by the horns.

You decide to not let your emotions get in the way of helping people better their lives. You do a lot of research on what could work to help to heal the family and have a great session when they come back.

Choice 1 : Start again.

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A new dream.

You tell yourself that hearing the stories from real life patients is way more intense than learning about them in class and that it is not for you. You decide to quit and ask your friend to help you find a new job. You get hired as a waitress at a restaurant and stay there till you are at the age of retirement.

Choice 1 : Start again.

The End.