Internship Program for Child Psychology
Child Psychologist Jean Piaget once said, “From the moral as from the intellectual point of view, the child is born neither good nor bad but master of his destiny.”
Vishwas Healing Centre has designed a very specialised internship program for Developmental psychology. It is all about learning how children view the world, teaching them new skills, and mentoring in the most dynamic ways.
Development psychology is the study of subconscious and conscious childhood development. As a budding child psychologist, you need to understand, learn & observe how a child interacts with their parents, themselves, and the world, to understand their mental development.
Vishwas Healing Centre strongly believes that Child Psychology is an important branch of family health. It gives parents the resources to help their children advance through the stages of development and gives a deeper look into the mental health and possible challenges a child might face in regards to learning or social differences, or developmental delays.
The therapist’s role is one that comes up with great responsibility. And therefore we have a very intense internship program at Vishwas Healing Centre.
We at Vishwas Healing Centre offers a broad foundation in the area of child psychology. We believe that there is a tremendous amount of social and emotional development takes place especially during early childhood to late adolescence and beyond. Here emotional development refers to how the child feels, understands, and expresses their emotions.
Emotional development is expressed in very young children through the expression of basic emotions like fear, joy, anger, and sadness. As the child develops, more complex emotions such as confidence, hope, guilt, and pride emerge. Emotional development also includes a child’s ability to feel and understand the emotions of other people through empathy. Learning to regulate and express emotions appropriately is difficult for many children. Helping children understand their emotions early can have a powerful impact on current and future emotional development. A Psychologist can help children understand and express their emotions in a more healthy, positive way.
Broad Framework of Psychotherapies / Counseling Approaches
- Preschool-age children (i.e., 3–5 years old)
Anchoring is a useful psycho-therapeutic technique for inducing a certain frame of mind or emotion, such as happiness or any positive state of mind which is needed for preschool children. It usually involves a touch, gesture or word as an “anchor”, like a bookmark for a desired emotion, and recall it again later using that same anchor. The most common use of anchoring is to access resources, feelings and states when you want them. Replacing unwanted feelings and thoughts with desirable ones is freedom indeed.
- Middle and late childhood (6–11 years old)
Pattern interruption is an effective psychotherapeutic approach for storing key words into a child’s subconscious mind. This can work well especially with middle and late childhood. Well the child whose pattern is interrupted becomes highly influenceable. Pattern interruption are really useful in that they shake up a child’s typical thoughts and actions and opens the possibility for something new to take place. To fully overcome ineffective behavior patterns, the goal is to eventually recognize you are about to do it before you do it. The awareness itself doesn’t interrupt the pattern. The awareness is what enables you to become more aware of when you do it so you can change the behavior. Like any personal development technique, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
- Adolescence (12-17 year old)
Swish, also known as Swish Pattern, a psychotherapeutic approach that is very useful for replacing an unfavourable emotion or behaviour with a more useful one, especially for adolescents. Every memory has emotions attached to it. Some emotions are good (good memories) and some are bad (bad memories). For instance, a teenager moved to a new school, and tomorrow is his/her first day at the new school. He/she doesn’t know anyone there. How will he/she feel? He/she might feel nervous, anxious or worried. Yet he/she knows that by feeling this way, he/she will come across this way to others and make it more likely that he/she will be alienated. It’s a vicious cycle. He/she might associate “anxiety” with the condition “first day at a new school”. It would be better if he/she associates “excitement” instead. So we can use Swish technique to make that happen. The idea is to keep remembering how excited you felt, and hold onto that feeling.
- Interventions and therapeutic strategies in clinical settings.
- Interns will have frequent tests & this apart will have to make presentations & complete assignments on time.
- The intern will be required to observe cases.
- Interns will do basic psychotherapies and counselling under supervision.
- Project related skills training will continue as per the discretion of respective supervisors.
- The certificate will be issued only on completion of the above-mentioned requirements of the curriculum.
On Completion of the Internship, the Interns shall be provided with the certificates & letter of appreciation.