Assistant Psychologist

SLVeteran Daniel

Education: BSc Psychology - Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

SLV.Global Placement: Mental Health Placement, July 2013

Current Role: I believe my experience volunteering in Sri Lanka helped me stand out when applying for different roles since my placement. Entering my second year of university I volunteered as a Research Assistant in our Clinical Psychology Department, and was offered an internship as an Assistant Psychologist in London.

Furthermore, my experience with SLV.Global allowed me to express my interest wanting to learn more about the complexity of mental health. This helped me gain a place on the MSc Psychology of Mental Health course at the University of Dundee.

I'm now working as an Assistant Psychologist for Adults with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition and Learning Disability. Each of these experiences, starting from my experience with SLV.Global, helped me achieve this.

Tell us about your SLV.Global experience: I volunteered in July 2013 during my first year of university. My SLV.Global experience was a fantastic one and I couldn't recommend it enough. The whole process was very straight forward, and it was a great way to experience an entirely different culture. I was initially apprehensive about travelling to Sri Lanka, however the team and my homestay family made me feel very welcome and safe.

Tell us what you gained from the placement: SLV.Global definitely helped enhance my CV. Volunteering in another country and experiencing another culture demonstrated my enthusiasm to explore Mental Health as a career.

What I took away from my placement was my ability to form good working relationships with others. This is extremely important when working in a clinical setting with other professionals who are involved in an individual's care. Becoming aware of cultural differences and attitudes towards Mental Health was also extremely valuable, and is very relevant working in a culturally diverse society within the United Kingdom.