Within SKIP, we have two main Departments; Education and Family Welfare. Within the Education Department, we have primary, secondary and English programmes. Within Family Welfare, we have psychology, economic development, social work and health Programmes.
The Psychology Programme
The Psychology Programme works in close collaboration with the Social Work Programme to increase the social and emotional well-being of all families in SKIP. It provides support groups for children who are experiencing difficulties and runs parenting groups to look at behaviour management techniques. It also runs direct individual therapy sessions, with a focus on brief interventions for explicit difficulties that can be resolved in usually no more than 5 or 6 appointments. See Psychology Programme for more information
The Psychology Assistant will work under the supervision of the Psychology Coordinator. Activities will vary slightly depending on the level of Spanish and clinical experience of the volunteer as well as based on the activities planned for the time of year that the volunteer joins the psychology team. The assistant will typically spend 1-2 sessions a week working with psychology, and the remainder of sessions will be within the other Education and Family Welfare departments as is appropriate given the organisation???s needs and the volunteer???s interest.
For assistants with lower levels of Spanish and less psychology experience, activities will mainly involve working with children in SKIP with special learning or behavioral needs. Assistants will:
For assistants with higher levels of Spanish AND more clinical experience, activities may include the following:
The benefits of volunteering with us:
In return for your invaluable participation in our volunteering programme, SKIP will provide:
- A thorough induction to the organisation, programmes, department and specific role
- Structured and relevant training from fully qualified and experienced staff members????? you can read??bios for all our permanent team??on the website
- Mentoring and support in the form of regular supervision and staff meetings as well as informal sessions
- The chance to be a part of a diverse and dedicated team and a welcoming community
- Confirmation of volunteer service
- Relevant degree or currently studying within a relevant field
- Passion for working with children and families
- Minimum 2 month commitment.
- Experience working with children
- Intermediate or better Spanish
- Experience in leading or helping with therapy groups
- Experience working in South America.
If you are ready to apply, you can download an application form
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Volunteer blog: Psychology Assistant
My name is Brie Kohrt and I???m a psychologist from the United States. I have worked with SKIP on a few occasions, but my first time here was in 2008, when I was a graduate student. I was here for approximately two months and worked as a psychology assistant. My position developed as I did; I started by doing classroom observations, helping in the classroom, and teaching in the nursery/child development program. As I got a better feel for the mission of SKIP and an increased understanding of the needs and strengths of the families, I took on a more clinical and developmental role. I started meeting with mothers in the nursery program (where children were 3-4 years old) to teach child development and behavior management strategies. The mothers taught me more than I taught them; as I tried to explain the concept of ???time out???, they explained to me how difficult and distressing this can be for a young child in their community who is literally strapped to his mother for the first two years of his life. Learning more about this was so useful, and we worked together to develop ways to foster positive social-emotional development in their children.
In addition to working with mothers from the community, this position also gave me the opportunity to work closely with mental health professionals from Spain and Colombia, as well as social workers from Peru and the UK. This was one of the greatest parts of the position, as it made for a truly global exchange of ideas and methods. It???s still hard for me to believe that I was only there for two months, because the lessons and tools I came back with are invaluable. I went back to SKIP the following year to be the psychology coordinator because I was so inspired by the families, the volunteers, and the staff, and I know I will keep returning to SKIP in the years to come.