Psychology internships are an exciting way for both undergraduates and recent graduates to gain experience within the mental health sector under guidance of a professional clinician - usually a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Working as a psychologist is a big job, so finding great people to assist, by creating psychology internships, can help to lighten the workload. Quite often these mental health internships are offered out by individual therapists and clinicians who are looking for help within their respective practices. Duties may include; assisting practitioners with administration and, dependant on experience, some supervised hands-on clients work as well.
It's good to be aware that not all psychology internships are hugely glamorous and things like alphabetising the file cabinet, making coffee and tea and answering the phone should be expected. Although it might not seem like this type of work is hugely relevant to a career in mental health, it really is. If you're able to grab a psychology internship at a private clinic make sure you understand that you may be doing a lot of day-to-day jobs that, on the surface, may not fully use all of the skills you possess as a budding psychologist, but are actually hugely beneficial. Organising, filing, getting used to looking at patient files and treatment plans, speaking on the phone and writing a good email are all skills that will benefit you well into the future.
In contrast to more traditional internships, it has become increasingly popular for psychology students to undertake summer psychology internships with well-established organisations like us, at SLV.Global. We work abroad, where the resources for those living with mental health concerns is lacking. These mental health internships abroad are different, as the onus is on the individual to take the lead and work with peers to provide support and stimulation for service users in places where there is a care deficit for those with specific needs and those requiring additional mental health support.
Mental health internships abroad provide participants with the opportunity to utilise the skills gained at university, and in their home countries, to help increase the overall well-being of service users living in communities which may be under-resourced and quite different to your community at home. With these psychology internships participants not only gain valuable experience within the sector, but also get to immerse themselves completely in a new country and culture as well. It's no wonder there has been an uptick in the popularity of such opportunities.
At SLV.Global we specialise in psychology internships for undergraduates and those wishing to get their first bit of hands-on experience. Not only can we provide Supervision and sign off any hours participants may need for university, our internships are often used for course credit too.
All SLV.Global Placements Include
|Practical Expereince||✅||At least 40 hours of hands-on mental health experience|
|Supervision||✅||Volunteers are supported by senior staff throughout their placement. Ratio of 10:1.|
|Training||✅||The first week in country is induction and training.|
|Volunteer Induction||✅||The induction takes place the first week of the volunteer’s placement.|
|Written Reference||✅||Upon successful completion of the placement volunteers will be provided with a certificate of completion and a reference upon request.|
We have an incredible structure of people who are there to support participants every step of the way and who understand how challenging this work can be. Undertaking a psychology internship abroad is for those who are after a bit of adventure with their education and who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. Literally.
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