NKF Volunteer Programme For for Social Science/ Psychology Students
Are you a student studying psychology or related field(s)? Does your school provide the relevant clinical internship/ attachments for you to build the necessary portfolio?
Although NKF does not provde internship/ attachments for social sciences students, it does provide an academic volunteer package for student volunteers interested in gaining the necessary exposure in related fields.
What is Mind Stimulation Activities (MSA)?
MSA is a form of activity that engages our patient to be mentally active. It follows the similar basic concept of Play Therapy. This programme allows our volunteers to ease into the befriending session with the kidney patients during their dialysis.
The Objective of MSA
MSA allows the introduction of fun and stimulating mental activities to aid our elderly patients maintain an active mind. It also allows meaningful volunteering sessions for our volunteers.
Patients spend about four hours each dialysis session for three times a week at the Dialysis Centre.
Most wheelchair-bounded patients only leave their house for dialysis with nothing to do at home. Their cognitive functions may decline without any activity for them to exercise their minds.
MSA help volunteers to ease into the befriending session, allowing them to have meaning volunteering session at the Dialysis Centre.
How Does it Benefit the Volunteers
This programme is a good exposure for volunteers who are considering to work in a clinical settings in the future. Volunteers would be able to interact with patients at the clinical settings. Volunteers would also be equipped with many relevant skills that would benefit them outside of volunteering work.
Training Provided for MSA
This ±15 hour course package aims at equipping volunteers who wish to engage in clinical voluntary work as a MSA Practitioner with NKF kidney patients. Upon completion of the programme, course participants will be able to: -
1. Understand the Helping Process as a volunteer
2. Understand and develop an empathic understanding of the plight and concerns of kidney patients
3. Understanding the Arts and Science behind happiness
4. Perform clinical para-counselling work using person-centred therapy
5. Create clinical therapeutic tools to stimulate the minds of the elderly patients
6. Know the various patient-centric programmes that are available
Format of the Training Sessions:
• Mind Stimulation Activities Practitioner Course – 4 hours
• Becoming a Better Volunteer – 3 hours
• Understanding the Plight of Kidney Patients – 2 hours
• Clinical Supervision – 3 hours
• Art Therapy – An Overview – 3 hours
• Counselling skills for Loss and Grief – 3 hours
This programme has received both the support and recognition from the Psychotherapy Association of Singapore (PAS), SIM Psychology Society, NUS Psychology Society, James Cook University, and School of Information Technology, Nanyang Polytechnic since the launch in 2013.
The commitment of this programme is minimum one year.
How to Apply
For students studying in their respective tertiary schools, you may approach your Psychology/ Social Sciences Society.
For societies that has not started the collaboration, they may write-in to NKF (email@example.com
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