The Psychology and Mental Health Placement is for current psychology and mental health university students, graduates and professionals who want to live in a different social and cultural context in the heart of local communities in South Africa.
This placement is designed to give essential practical work experience to apply to degree related travel and career progression, while giving back to communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
An NGO in Johannesburg, and offers residential, holistic care and support for mothers and their children whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. Our project also provides support for children, HIV/AIDS affected or not. It aims to improve the productivity of their residents through providing access to medical care, therapy, education and skill building workshops. The goal is to empower residents while providing a safe, dignified home in hopes that all mothers and children are able to become responsible and contributing members of society.
> Self acceptance and respect
> Identifying feelings and how to show feelings appropriately
> Dealing with the reality that their mothers are sick and can even die
> Uncomfortable changes in their bodies, and what this means Death and bereavement counselling
> Working with residential mums and children on self reliance
> Develop and support with the best and safest ways to disclose HIV/AIDS, including education and information around child and teenage depression
> Work on and support with anger management workshops
> Understand and work with bereavement and grief caused by HIV/AIDS
> Help develop and support with gratitude workshops and diaries
> Observe and participate in play therapy
> Looking at conflict resolution and develop skills training for residents
> Learning and understanding sexual boundaries and consequences.
“We observed some play therapy which actually happened with one of the kids that I had in day-care which was incredibly interesting and I really enjoyed it. It was great to see that we are working for a cause that was so useful and well known.”
Nele, Bath University, Psychology under-graduate ⇒ READ FULL TESTIMONIAL