Careers in Psychology – Community Sector

Careers in Psychology – Community Sector


[music] I love seeing the changes that we can create in young people. My name is Storm. I work here at MacKillop Family Services as a therapeutic residential care worker. I’m currently enrolled at Deakin University in my Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). The best thing about my job working as a residential care worker, is watching the change in young people. Seeing them come in having experienced trauma, neglect, abuse and having them develop relationships with you and the other workers that helps them to heal. I’ll drive them to school. We’ll go to the park. I’ll engage them in in-house activities. One of our favourite things to do in the house is to cook. It’s a great way for the kids to feel connection with us but also with each other. In my studies at Deakin, a lot of what we do is we learning the theory behind human behaviour. So why people act the way that they do, and that helps us to develop strategies. Those counselling classes help you to develop those practical skills that you would use with clients every single day. There’s also an amazing placement unit that I undertook that allowed me to come into MacKillop and practice those skills in a number of different roles. So I was able to move around into case management roles, was able to go into the houses and work as a therapeutic prac. It was an amazing experience that has informed all of my practice moving forward. Psychology can branch off into a number of different areas and that includes the community sector. Anywhere that you are working with people, the skills that you’re learning in the psychology degree, will be applicable. Every day that I get to work, I feel as though I’m making a difference. There isn’t a day that goes by, even if it is a bad one, that I know that my influence in these young people’s lives isn’t changing them. It’s the most humbling feeling when a young person can come up to you and give you a hug and say I trust you, when they haven’t given that to anybody else in the world. [music]

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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