Graduate Mental Health Placement & Psychology Placement: The Differences

Our psychology placement, allows psychology students or those with an interest in psychology to gain practical hands-on experience in the mental health sector by spending at least one day a week volunteering in different mental health wards in Sri Lanka. Volunteers also take part in teaching, special needs, and children’s homes projects and so enjoy a well-rounded weekly timetable. The psychology placement is available all year-round, for 5 or 10 weeks during the summer months of June, July, and August and 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 weeks all other months.

Our graduate mental health placement is a fixed 12 week placement, available all year-round. It is appropriate for graduates or those with previous experience or background in the mental health sector. Just as in the shorter psychology placements, volunteers spend at least one day a week volunteering in mental health wards and the rest of the week taking part in teaching, special needs, and children’s homes projects.

However, at the end of the 12 weeks volunteers on the graduate mental health placement are asked to submit a 2,000-word report on their experience of volunteering in the wards. This could be a case-report on a particular resident, or an overview and comparison of activities used with the residents and their relative success, or a broader comparison of eastern vs. western attitudes to mental health. In addition to giving volunteers a tool for structured and critical reflection on their experience, this report might later be useful in applications to other placements, employment, or study.