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Clinical and Ancient Psychology Program

Hi, thanks for requesting your SLV.Global Info Pack for our program in India. We hope you find the answers to your questions in the following pages, but if not please reach out to us on info@slv.global if there's anything we forgot or if you want further clarification about anything.

Our program in India was created for people who have a passion for global mental health and who are keen to explore how ancient Eastern methods like yoga and meditation can work harmoniously with modern medicine to promote positive mental well-being.

The program, comprised of two parts over two weeks, combines five days of unparalleled insight into global mental health treatment with a further six days exploring the coast of southern India to provide greater context and understanding to your learning.

Your route through southern India

Your route through southern India

 
 

WEEK ONE

 
 
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Our educational program in India, run in partnership with the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuroscience (NIMHANS) and the School of Ancient Wisdom, is perfect for anyone with a keen interest in global mental health and a desire to delve into ancient Eastern psychological methodologies in the very place where they were conceived.

You'll spend the first half of your first week at the remarkably tranquil School of Ancient Wisdom, immersing yourself in interactive, practical workshops on topics like Ancient Yoga for Mental Health, Mindfulness, Laughing Yoga and Self-Actualisation Chakra Meditation. All sessions are run by local professionals, including clinical psychologists who double as yogis, and allow you to explore these traditional methods more deeply to gain an insight into how they can be a powerful tool to promote positive mental health.

The school itself is a haven of calm in the bustling city of Bengaluru, nestled deeply in lush gardens where you can really connect with nature and disconnect from your phone. You'll be served a delicious, vegetarian Ayurvedic diet for the duration of your stay and will have the chance to sample holistic body treatments, which have been documented to cure any number of ailments and promote overall well-being for over 1200 years. 

The latter part of the first week takes place at the state-of-the-art NIMHANS facilities, including the Neuropathology Brain Museum, as well as over thirty separate departments and more than fifteen research centres. Here you'll have an audience with some of the most prominent clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists working in the mental health field in India and beyond.

These intimate sessions are designed to increase your knowledge of global mental health and aim to give context and credence to one of the core principals of NIMHANS, which is that modern medical advances can work harmoniously with ancient Eastern practices to improve mental health. Through seminars, lectures and Q&A sessions, specialist local clinicians aim to give you as wide an understanding of mental health treatment in India, and greater Asia, as possible.

After five full days of knowledge and skills exchange you'll finally be able to give your brain a break as you travel down to magical Mysore where you can soak up the glorious hustle and bustle of one of India's most beautiful cities. Get lost in the markets, blessed in a temple and henna your hands before indulging in some of the most delicious dosa and other delicacies on the planet!

Mysore is truly a feast for the senses and we've got it all planned, so feel free to switch off and take in as much, or as little, as you fancy. 

Week One Sample
Schedule

Monday
  • A clinical perspective into mindfulness
  • Mindfulness & Acceptance Therapy
  • Self-actualisation meditation
Tuesday
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Breathwork for mental health
Wednesday
  • NIMHANS introduction
  • Cultural diversity & mental health systems in India
  • Visit to the Neuropathology Brain Museum
  • Tour the psychiatry facilities
  • Therapeutic applications of yoga practices for the mentally ill
Thursday
  • NIMHANS Outpatient Department introduction
  • Integration of ancient medicines in western psychiatry
  • Ayurveda, for mind & body
  • Psychosocial barriers to treatment
  • Multicultural perspectives in working with children & adolescents
Friday
  • Visit the NIMHANS outreach centre
  • Promoting positive mental health in the community
  • Head to Mysore
Saturday & Sunday
  • Enjoy Mysore

**This is a sample schedule designed to give you an idea of what you can expect. Workshops are subject to change. 

 
 

WEEK TWO

 
 
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With a culture and history as rich and varied as its topography, the aim of this week is to get better acquainted with the complex country you've just spent a week learning so much about. Get ready to be busy, but not too busy to stop and enjoy some of the most unique experiences India has to offer. 

Sunday afternoon you and your team depart mystic Mysore for the beauty of Ooty where you'll take a scenic train ride through chilly hills, peppered with multicoloured houses, before heading for majestic Munnar where you can get physical taking a trek up to the clouds or exploring a colonial tea plantation. This sprawling expanse of tea fields, irrigated by waterfalls and shaded by huge, misty mountains, looks like nothing you'll have likely seen before...except maybe in Jurassic Park. 

After a night in mega Munnar you'll set off early for the buzzing city of Cochin where you'll be able to get acquainted with your Indian host family before heading out to the high-end markets or to the pier for a drink by the water's edge.

The following day is all yours to do whatever you fancy; get the ferry to the nearby Cherai Beach where you can sun yourself between meals and Ayurvedic treatments or explore Cochin's fascinating history by taking a trip to Willingdon Island. Stay mainland and visit the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth countries or take part in a cooking class and spice up your life! This day is your #YOLO day. Enjoy!

Finally you and your team will head to Alleppy, and the famous Kerala Backwaters, where you'll sail the endless canals on your very own houseboat. Here you can eat, relax and enjoy the unrivalled beauty of the wonderfully winding water until the morning when the trip concludes and you can head back home or onto further adventure! 

This incredible opportunity was created to give you a maximum experience in minimal time. 

Payments

Step 1 - Pay a Program Acceptance Fee to confirm your place, due within a week of your acceptance to the team

Program Acceptance Fee £250
Step 2 - Pay a Program Fee due 8 weeks before your program starts.
2 Week Clinical and Ancient Psychology Program
Program Fee £950

Fundraising

We appreciate that joining us in India can be a large financial commitment, but remember, fundraising is a great option for anyone who needs an extra boost. For some tried and tested techniques on how to fundraise please have a look at our Fundraisers Hall of Fame for some success stories from past participants who have done it themselves!

What's Included in Your Program Fees?

+ Accommodation - from homestay to houseboat

The beginning of the first week is spent at the sublimely serene School of Ancient Wisdom and the latter part is spent at supremely comfy local hotel.

For the duration of the Experience Southern India trip your accommodation will vary from homestay to hotel to houseboat and is all included in your fees.

+ Meals - because food is love

Breakfast and lunch will be provided throughout the first five days of the program and then breakfast will be included once we arrive in Mysore.

Your breakfast and some meals are provided throughout your Experience Southern India trip, but this will vary daily. Food is one of the many things that is plentiful and cheap in India. We promise you'll be well fed and for very little.

Throughout the day you'll be busy, but there will be plenty of opportunity to stop for lunch and a plethora of exciting delicacies for you to try. We wouldn't want to hold you back from trying something epic, so lunches are your choice and at your expense.

+ 30 + hours of interactive cross-cultural training and practice

This program runs on a tight schedule because there is so much to experience! You'll be learning from some of the greatest minds in the mental health field and some of the most prestigeous practitioners of Eastern therapies. You'll head home with an arsenal of new information and skills and a deeper understanding of not only global mental health, but how you can better work with your international clients at home. Priceless.

+ Certificate of Learning - proof this is not a holiday!

The globally recognised and celebrated NIMHANS will provide you with a certificate of learning for your time on the program. This is 100% unique to our participants and is a big deal.

+ Support - we got you!

Our incredible team will be there to support you the whole time and are on call 24/7.

+ Transportation - by land and by sea!

All transportation within India for the duration of the scheduled program is included in your fees. Any transport in your free time is your responsibility, but tuk tuks are always economical choices.

+ Experience of a lifetime - no exaggeration!

This opportunity is not available anywhere else in the world. With unequaled access to clinical and holistic professionals, as well as the chance to explore the stunning southern coast of India, this experience is truly unique and invaluable to anyone looking to advance thier knowledge of global mental health.

What's Not Included? 

+ Flights

Approximately £200 - £600 (depending on country of origin)

+ EVisa Tourist Visa

You must apply online for your visa no more than 60 days before you depart.

+ Travel Insurance

Safety first!! £30 - £70

+ Spending Money

You may want to just pick up a few souvenirs or you might want to check into a swanky spa for the weekend. Whatever your budget, India remains incredibly affordable.

FAQs

+ Do I need experience to join the India program?

Because we don't work with service users on this program everyone is welcome to join us irrespective of experience! You'll need a keen interest in global mental health, but that's all.

+ What's an average day like on the India program?

On this educational program no two days are ever the same! You'll be attending exciting lectures by specialists in psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience at the state-of-the-art NIMHANS facility as well as delving into Eastern practices like yoga and meditation.

+ Can I just take part in the first week of the program?

Yes you can! Of course we'd love you to join us for both parts of the program, but if your time is limited feel free to join us for just the first seven days.

+ What should participants wear during the SLV.Global India program?

Please dress smartly and wear long trousers and collared shirts for the beginning part of the placement and for all your activities at NIMHANS. Once you start immersing yourself in the ancient practices of yoga and meditation you'll need loose-fitting, comfortable clothing you can stretch out in.

+ What support does SLV.Global provide in India?

We're with you and on call 24/7 during the week and are always around if you have questions or need a bit of extra support during the course of the week.

+ Do I need shots/jabs to go to India?

We're not medical professionals, so we're not able to advise you, but please check with your doctor for the best advice and check this website for more information.

+ Can I fundraise to pay the fees for the India program?

Absolutely! Most of our team make the most of the support their universities offer. From grants to bursaries, it's always worth investigating any options that might be available to you. If you've already finished university we recommed setting up a fundraising page.

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