Psychology Students Awarded Funding for Sri Lankan Placements

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Two University of Worcester Psychology students have been awarded scholarships to help them fund volunteering trips to Sri Lanka.

Imogen Healy and Emily Johnson will both travel to the Asian country during 2014 to undertake volunteer work alongside psychology professionals.

Imogen, from Stourbridge, says: 的 will be on a Psychology-based placement for the duration of my stay, and my timetable will be broken down by days.

的値l be working with those with Learning difficulties and mental illnesses, and for one day every week I will be based in an 800-bed psychiatric unit in the Colombo district, working within the Acute, Learning Disability and Occupational Therapy units.

的値l also be delivering projects to local children and teaching local youths, so it痴 a great opportunity to get some real hands-on experience as a Psychologist in an international setting something that will be extremely beneficial in my future career.

Although this will be the first time either Imogen or Emily have travelled abroad to further their skills, both have extensive experience volunteering for UK-based mental health charities.

Emily, who is from Cinderford in Gloucestershire, adds: 溺y volunteer work for Rethink Mental Illness has given me a taste of how rewarding it is to give up your time to help others.

典he placement in Sri Lanka will allow me to gain new skills - such as learning to overcome communication barriers that will be useful for a career in clinical psychology.

的 am so pleased to have been awarded the scholarship I知 very excited about going to Sri Lanka and the scholarship means that I can complete the final semester of my degree concentrating on my studies rather than having to work overtime to pay for the trip.

Dr Tim Jones is Head of Psychological Sciences at the University of Worcester, and says: 典his is a fantastic opportunity for Imogen and Emily, and is testament to the dedication of our students in developing their skill set and helping to realise their career ambitions."