Psychology, as the science of behavior, has much to offer to enhance health promotion and disease prevention and address health disparities. Psychologists can identify and modify behaviors to promote individuals health and wellness across lifespan, provide an array of individual, group and family interventions in order to address family needs, enhance communication and promote recovery.
Why do I write about health?
WHO (World Health Organization) defines Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Mental health implies a well-being where each individual can develop his or her own potential, work productively, cope with stress in their lives and to make a contribution with their community.
Health is determined by genetics, behavior, culture, habits and lifestyles.
How can Psychology help you?
Psychologists work in several areas, not only in hospitals, social services or private clinics. We develop our profession as social workers, care providers, special needs nannies, educators, behavioral support specialists, behavioral support assistants, educational assistants, volunteers, NGO coordinators, youth workers, geriatric psychologists etc,.
We can offer a valuable contribution in Hospitals, Schools, Correctional Centers, Charities, Disability Centers, Nursing Homes, Private Clinics, Rehab Centers etc.
What do we know about health?
- Mental disorders (Adult, Childhood and Personality Disorders)
- Mind & Body Connection. Example, the Immune System
- Co- occurring mental disorders (anxiety, depression and stress)
- Behavioral Psychopharmacology
- Biology of Learning and Behavior
- Individual, Group and Family Interventions.
- Behavior & Individual´s Health and Wellness across the lifespan
- Treatment adherence
- Support Care & Chronic Diseases
- Support for Care Givers
- Coordination of care and treatment planning
- Communication Processes
Route to Clinical Psychology
As with all other Psychology careers, becoming a Clinical Psychologist requires extensive training and education; typically includes earning a Master´s degree and Doctoral Degree. A Clinical Psychologist has three main duties: assess, diagnose and recommend a possible treatment. It takes years to become a Clinical Psychologist. The starting point in Spain was through the University Degree, which consisted in five years of education and training See Here. Currently it is needed a Master´s & PhD and/or PIR (Hospital Residency).
I started being a volunteer in Hospitals and Schools during my bachelor degree. After three years studying Psychology, I became a trainee In Neuropsychology and also Research Assistant in the Unit of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology. I completed my Practicum in a Psychiatric Center and in a Rehab Center, where I developed a deep interest in Neuroscience, Cognition and Learning.
Why do I consider such relevant our work In Charity/Voluntary Sector?
Because experience is a great advantage for psychology graduates, such as social work, counseling and healthcare careers; Working in a NGO in our field, let us to build up experience and gain an insight in our area (even choose an area). Also it let us to confirm we chose the right career, with 100% of dedication to the others.
Which topics can you expect from this blog?
- Autism spectrum disorders (Asperger´s, Autism & Rett)
- Developmental & Learning disorders
- Attachment disorder/ Conduct disorder
- Mathematics disorder/ Number cognition
- Intellectual Disability
- Anxiety, Depression & Stress
- Down Syndrome/ Cerebral Palsy/ Williams Syndrome
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Brain & Learning
- Tips for care providers/special needs assistants/educators