What would your counseling and psychology internship in Spouth Africa look like? Here are some example sites that have hosted VACorps interns in the past:
Children’s shelter: Intern at an innovative therapeutic and developmental residential environment for vulnerable young women from Cape Town who have been traumatized and removed from their families for their own protection by an order of the local children’s court. It is one of the few residential care facility, offering care for teenage girls (see video below to learn more).
Trauma Counseling Center: Interns participate in program facilitation for child survivors of family violence and present workshops to South African children to help them cope with anger, aggression, and rejection. The children learn problem-solving skills that will help them use alternatives to violence in the future.
Homeless Counseling Center: Provides Psycho-Social Intervention Services to assist vulnerable members of the homeless population with material assistance such as accommodation, food vouchers, clothes, and blankets, as well as to provide psycho-social support in the form of counseling or referral to appropriate institutions.
HIV/AIDS clinic: Work with HIV/AIDS counselors to conduct HTS pre and post-test counseling. Pre-test counseling that is done in a proper and comprehensive way prepares the client and counselor for more effective post-test counseling. Because clients are often too relieved or shocked to take on much information during post-test counseling, the healthcare professional makes use of the educational opportunities offered by pre-test counseling.
Organizational Psychology Placement: Intern in the Human Resource department of a private company, and see how South African companies solve problems in the workplace and work to improve their employee’s quality of life.
Clinical placement: These opportunities are very competitive and are typically for our master’s degree students. Here, you’ll have the chance to increase your observation hours and learn the intricacies of delivering mental health counseling in a clinical environment