Training of students of psychology

Bachelor of Psychology students (volunteering in the teenage department)

The volunteer project in the teenage department was created out of the need to fill the vacuum formed after the training sessions in the department.

The department for teenagers is heterogeneous, it has hospitalized teenagers who, in addition to their illness, have typical teenage issues and topics and most of them are eager to communicate.
Volunteers come to the ward once a week for three hours to meet and be with patients, whether in the form of games, classes, excursions or conversations. Go to the site and find out more

The absence of a waitress in their activities and their young age allow students to establish special direct contact with teenagers and become something like older siblings for them.

Volunteers receive a biweekly briefing for one and a half hours; the briefing is conducted by psychologists in the department; during this briefing, volunteers express their doubts, feelings and thoughts through observation and training.

Undergraduate students in psychology (in the format of “field trials”)

Each year, a group of 10-15 students from the University of Haifa is admitted for one academic year. Each student receives one patient from the hospital and leads them through the year. Patients are admitted from the day care center for teenagers, the outpatient department for children and/or adults, and the inpatient department. The aim is to establish a social connection through joint activities, in which an important and meaningful connection is established between the student and the patient.

Psychologists at the hospital accompany the work of the students with detailed instructions in small groups. Students and patients benefit greatly from the relationships that are created within this framework. This is a unique opportunity for the student to get acquainted with the work and gain experience related to the therapeutic attitudes. For the patient, the student is a special “address” that promotes social skills.

Such an experience is of paramount importance to the professional development of students as future psychologists.

Master’s students (in “workshop” format)

“Workshop” – a training format that is a practice for students in various clinical disciplines. The student is attached to one of the departments or clinics in the hospital. Each student is led by a psychologist in the department to which he or she is assigned, as well as a psychologist who gives him or her personal guidance. During the one-year workshop, the student is required to gain experience in conducting and analysing several psychodiagnostic tests under the close supervision of a psychologist-mentor. In addition, during this year he is required to treat two to three patients. The student integrates into the ward, participates in meetings and ongoing work in the ward. The students’ work is a significant contribution to the department in which they work, and the student acquires clinical work experience that is of paramount importance for his future professional training.