PhD in Child Mental Health

SLVeteran Holly

Education: Psychology - University of Glasgow, UK

SLV.Global Placement: Advanced Placement, Sri Lanka

Current Role: 'When I returned from Sri Lanka, I continued with my job as a Mental Health Support Worker. I then began working as a researcher for a large charity in Scotland before working as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist within a psychological trauma team. I have just completed an MSc in Health Psychology at King's College London and will start a PhD within the next few weeks.'

Tell us about your SLV.Global experience: 'I volunteered in Sri Lanka in 2013 for 5 weeks. It was a challenging few weeks and definitely pushed me out my comfort zone! However, my confidence grew dramatically and I really feel like I made a positive, lasting impact on the projects where I worked.'

Tell us what you gained from the placement: 'I think having cross-cultural psychology experience is extremely relevant in the current climate and really stands out on a CV. It is also something interesting and different to discuss during an interview. Working across a language barrier gave me the confidence to communicate with people from a variability of backgrounds using forms of communication other than the English language. The experience also taught me how to link even the most fundamental psychological theories and principles to clinical practice.'