Volunteer work in Mental Health in E.Europe and India

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Volunteer work in Mental Health in E.Europe and India

Post by jadeywadey » Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:09 pm

Help children and adults in need whilst getting great experience!

Free training in Art Therapy, Intensive Interaction, Emotional and Behavioural Management, and the Bayley Scales of Infant Development for amazing work abroad with young people in need in Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus, and India. http://www.cast-uk.com/

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Post by Mesa34 » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:52 pm

Has anyone had any experience with this or similar? My clinical interests are attachment and infant mental health so this seems like a fantastic volunteering opportunity.

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Post by jadeywadey » Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:35 am

Hi. I have been to both Bulgaria and Romania with them. You get training and it's a fantastic and worthwhile experience. Also comapred to other voluntary programmes it's a lot cheaper.
If you are interested in attachment and infant mental health then the India trip is probably the best trip for this as you get trained in the Bayley Scales.

Free feel to ask me any questions

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Post by Princess86 » Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:48 pm

Hi, this sounds like great experience. I had a few questions though...
How long are you required to spend there? What happens with accomodations, living expenses, etc?

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Post by jadeywadey » Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:57 pm

Hi

There are different projects ranging in length from 10 days to a month.
In terms of the costs you pay for flights and accommodation, food, training (all together) and I think you are expected to raise a donation of £150. The costs will vary depending on where you go (currency conversion, length of stay, accommodation etc). You meet your group on the induction day and fly out together and live together. When I have been we have stayed in flats/ apartments linked to the organisations in the host country we work with.

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Post by Mesa34 » Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:37 pm

Thanks Jade, I might PM you at some point if that's okay? Definitely think it's something I'm going to look into in pursuing :)

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Post by jadeywadey » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:31 am

Feel free to ask me any questions on here or in PM

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Post by eponymous85 » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:44 pm

Sounds amazing! Might see if I can spend my study budget on it!

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Post by jadeywadey » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:13 pm

This may be helpful to watch, although it will only reflect some of the projects:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfP18qTaWs4

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Post by Purplejob » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:38 pm

Hi jade, I read your post about a month ago and thought it sounded like an amazing idea, so I have been looking into going to India in the summer. Just wondering whether your experience and training was as a general volunteer or a specialist volunteer?

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Post by jadeywadey » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:52 pm

I went as a general volunteer although on my second trip to Romania we were an older group of volunteers with a bit more experience than some of the other groups that went out. In our group was a clinical psychologist who worked in a learning disability service and students who'd done psychology, speech and language therapy etc so we could advise on strategies and plans- such as behavioural interventions or appropriate positions for feeding etc.
The training they offered was on intensive interaction and emotional and behavioural management (also bayley scales etc specific to the India trips) which is enough, although I found my work as an ABA tutor really helpful as I'd practised intensive interaction behaviour and some behaviour modification strategies and monitoring (ABC model).

I hope you do decide to go. It's a very worthwhile and touching experience

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Post by Purplejob » Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:00 pm

Thanks Jade. I really hope I do too, it would fit in nicely with my plans to travel around India this year and would definitely be a brilliant opportunity.
With my degree in psychology, I want to expand my experience working with offenders and as an RA. So this would be something very different, infant mental health really interests me and is an area I would like to work in. It's also very impressive the level of training you receive. I am starting my training next week as an ABA tutor teaching children with autism, so if the opportunity transpires, it will hopefully help. Thanks again!

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Post by jadeywadey » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:20 am

Spooky! I was looking to expand my experience as a research assistant and working with forensic patients! Good luck

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Post by Katie_8981 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:44 am

Hi Jade this looks like a really great oppurtunity and I look forward to finding out more on the website :)
Just a quick question...do any clinical psychologists accompany volunteers on any of the trips?

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Post by jadeywadey » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:27 am

Hi Katie. Clinical psychologists don't usually tend to go on the regular trips but usually the specialist ones. Most of the volunteers tend to be students at university (studying psychology, medicine, speech and language therapy)

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