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International Psychology Internship in Jamaica

  • ROLE: To work alongside qualified psychologists as a clinical psychologist or intern
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Mental health clinics or community outreach programs
  • requirements: Volunteers must be studying towards a degree in psychology or social work, or have a qualification in guidance counselling
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible. Community outreach programs closed between July – August

A volunteer speaks to a staff member in Jamaica

Help provide support to children and adults at various mental health clinics or on community outreach programs, by volunteering on the Psychology Project in Jamaica. Mental health is a growing issue in Jamaica, as higher numbers of people are being diagnosed with various mental illnesses. These include depression, schizophrenia, sleeping disorders or other serious forms of mental illness.

Mental illness is caused by a number of factors, including psychological and emotional stress, traumatic childhood experiences and genetic predisposition to mental illness. The project is based in the city of Mandeville, a location where mental illness is an important issue currently being addressed.

On this project, you will play an important role in supporting those affected by mental illness. You will also help raise awareness around mental illness, which is an important step in improving health and understanding.

Your Role on the Psychology Project in Jamaica

You can choose to work with patients at government run mental health clinics or in the community by raising awareness at schools. Your specific placement will be based on your skills and level of qualification.

At the mental health clinics, you will work directly with young children and adults, under the supervision of a qualified psychologist. Your daily tasks may include:

  • Interview patients
  • Observe clinical assessments
  • Engage with children in the reception area
  • Visit and engage with patients at the hospital, clinics and on homeless programs
  • Engage in or observe play therapy
  • Assist with research
  • Collect and analyse data
  • Plan and conduct workshops and presentations

Volunteers who want to work directly in local communities to raise awareness on mental illness on outreach programs to schools, will help educate people and provide support for those who need it. Your daily tasks on outreaches will include:

  • Supervised home visits
  • Conduct individual or group counselling sessions
  • Conduct classroom guidance sessions
  • Conduct parenting workshops
  • Assist in the planning and running of seminars and special events

By providing support to patients and families allows them to better understand their own condition or that of a loved one. This also gives them a better understanding of how to manage and deal with the illness in a healthy way.

At both placements, you will work from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 2:30pm. Please note that the community programme will be closed between the months of July and August.

Daily Life in Jamaica with Projects Abroad

During your placement, you will live with a local host family. You will quickly learn that Jamaicans are extremely welcoming and hospitable people. They are happy to share the local culture and amazing sights with you. When you aren’t with your host family or at your placement, you will have plenty of time to get to know the other volunteers and explore Jamaica. Take part in a variety of water sports, visit the magnificent waterfalls in the area, experience the vibrant music scene or relax on the beach while soaking up some sun. There is no shortage of things to do.

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