Mental Health Care Worker

SLVeteran Jessie

Education: Psychology and Studio Art - Oakland University, USA

SLV.Global Placement: Mental Health Placement, January 2016

Current Role: 'Shortly after returning from Sri Lanka to Michigan, I updated my resume and applied for several jobs where I landed interviews. I selected a full-time position at a short-term psychiatric hospital at which I continue to work (Havenwyck Hospital). It is one of the largest of its kind in the area. I also returned to my volunteer position at a therapeutic arts organization at which I work with a group of special needs individuals with regard to social connections and activities (FAR Conservatory).'

Tell us about your SLV.Global placement: 'SLV provides a wonderful experience you can't find in America. The opportunity to experience another culture while furthering my knowledge of Psychology was always something I was searching for, and SLV filled all my expectations of doing so. The ability to work with people from other cultures is becoming increasingly imperative and by participating in a placement with SLV you will gain firsthand experience learning to do so while in a supportive and fun atmosphere. The memories and learning experiences you gain are priceless and will forever affect the way in which I approach my studies and career.'

Tell us what you gained from the placement: 'SLV greatly enhanced my CV with the diversity of experiences you encounter, relevancy to psychology, and broad range of communities you are exposed to with their rich variation in people served (age, socioeconomic status, etc.)' 'I took away from the mental health placement a better understanding of the importance of being able to help people that may have a different culture, ethnicity, or otherwise from your own and a firsthand ability of doing so (which can directly apply to, for example, the heightened awareness of transgender individuals and the need to accommodate them globally). I gained a new sense of independence from the process of traveling and a rejuvenated appreciation of teamwork from the bonds created with not only my homestay but everyone during our placement; nationals, volunteers, and locals. I am more confident in the significance of my experiences with helping others facing a wide variety of mental health situations and have a more adept talent of working with diverse populations, for example, people of the Sri Lankan culture (which can assist when working with others of other cultures) and children.'