An Inside Look – From Illness to Wellness Event Report

For two hours on 22 May 2014 at AS7-01-06, we got an inside look at how people with mental illness move from illness to wellness. Through the recovery stories of two peer specialists, we saw how recovery is possible. And more so, how they are using their stories to inspire others. Through the sharing of Helen Yong, Head of Residential Services, SAMH, we saw through her eyes how a professional caregiver serves, deal with crises and sustains her passion in her work.

All in all, abnormal psychology teaches us the symptoms of and treatment for people with mental illness, “An Inside Look” sought to contextualise book knowledge with lived experiences, leading us to not only look at the “deficits” but appreciate the assets of people with mental illnesses. Illness begins with an “i”, wellness begins with a “we”. “An Inside Look – from illness to wellness” hopes that “we” can partner people with mental illness to create a wellness-centric perspective towards recovery and living.

This event was made possible by strong support from the Singapore Association of Mental Health (SAMH), partnership with the NUS Psychology Society and the eager audience.

Written by Khoo Yi Feng, facilitator of the event and also the one who first proposed the event (Psychology Major, Year 1)

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Post-Graduate Sharing Session

Post-Graduate Sharing Session

Not sure what to do about post-graduate studies? Wondering if this specialization is the right one for you?

NUS Psychology Society is holding its inaugural Psychology Post-graduate Sharing Session just for YOU!
Come down for a talk by NUS’s own director of graduate studies and engage friendly seniors in small group sharing sessions to clarify whatever doubts you may have!

Event details:

Date: 24th May 2014
Time: 10am to 12nn
Venue: AS7 01-06
Dress code: No slippers/shorts

We have invited 5 seniors currently pursuing their post-graduate degrees whose interests lie in the following fields:

Developmental Psychology
Health Psychology
Psycholinguistics
Clinical Psychology
Brain imaging techniques

Do sign up at http://tinyurl.com/ksmls65 by 23 May.
First and second years are welcome to come down as well to figure out if these fields are right for you! We will send you a confirmation email upon your registration.

Wishing you all a great summer ahead!

An Inside Look – From Illness to Wellness

An Inside Look - From Illness to Wellness

Ever wanted to find out more from those who have experienced it?

Here’s your chance to learn more about mental health issues from the perspectives of those on the ground!

2 peer specialists, who have since recovered from Major Depression Disorder and Psychosis, would be glad to share their journey and insights. Also with us is a professional who will be keen to share her working experiences with regards to mental health issues. Mr. Lee Li Neng is also invited to offer additional input during the sharing and discussion.

Do join us for this meaningful event and feel free to post any burning questions you may have to the 3 panellists.

Please register at http://tinyurl.com/l6wvrdw. Registration closes on 21 May so do sign up before that! Lastly, we would appreciate it if you could join us in protecting the privacy of the panellists by refraining from photography and recording during the event itself.

Hope you are enjoying this well-deserved break after finals!

Academic Talks 2014 is BACK!

Academic Talks 2014 is BACK!

Keen to know more about life after university? Worried about what you can do with a Psychology degree? Come on down to NUS Psychology Academic Talks to find out more!

Our annual talks see distinguished speakers from various fields of psychology coming down to share more with you about their field and what they do. This year, we have 4 exciting talks lined up for you from 10 Feb to 13 Feb 2014.

NUS Psychology Society members have FREE access to ALL talks! Tickets are priced at $2 per talk for non-members.

Tickets will be sold and distributed on 4 Feb (Tue) and 5 Feb (Wed) at Study Benches 20-21 (along AS6 Walkway) from 10am – 5pm!

You are advised to collect/buy your tickets on 4 – 5 Feb even if you are a member of Psychology Society. Tickets might NOT be distributed/sold at the door if the venue is already full. Kindly let us know which of the talks you will be attending at the booth and we will indicate on your ticket which talks you have signed up for.
Hope to see you all there!

Wishing you a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year,
NUS Psychology Society

Lab Tour 2013

Lab tours 2013 poster

It’s time for our annual Lab Tours 2013! The Lab Tours are on the 10th JULY, 10AM TO 2PM over in NUS. The labs you will get a chance to visit are: the Virtual Reality Lab, Brain and Behaviour Lab, Cardiovascular and Psychophysiology Lab, and the Infant Lab!

Seats are limited so SIGN UP NOW AT:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1M8hCnSfty8lEEWJOJseyc82_ENXK70AsHpWgghpJcaY/viewform

Sign up closes on 3rd July! So hurry and sign up now!

We hope you see you there!

Singapore Prisons Services!

Hi everyone!

The following will be the last minutes taken for 2013 NUS Psychology Society’s academic talks!

Interested in working as a psychologists in the prisons services? Here it goes…

SINGAPORE PRISONS SERVICES

Approximately 28 psychologists employed in the prison service, with psychologists being deployed to various teams

There is a team of psychologists providing psychological services to prison officers, given that the roles of prison officers are challenging/Prison officers are often the ones who have the closest contact with the inmates.

  • A number of other teams in the prison services dealing with intervention for inmates relating to their risk of specific reoffending (Deal more with criminal psychology)

 Psychologists are also involved in research and policy work

 Although many might think It is dangerous to work in a prison., generally, you will be working in a very safe environment.

Are inmates angry and uncooperative?

  • It depends on the reasons they are directed to you.
  • Many inmates will not direct their anger to you.
  • We have to bear in mind; most offenders are cooperative and appreciative of us.
  • Many offenders have difficult backgrounds (eg, family abuse school drop-out). Hence, psychologists are given a chance to walk into their life and provide them with positive relationship.
  • It can be quite intimidating when you first see the offenders. However, you soon realize that you relate to them much like anyone else.

Working in the prison services dealing with offenders, psychologists do have to find ways to overcome their personal obstacles (eg. Dealing with sexual offenders) In short, mental resilience is crucial.

What are the core duties being a psychologist in SPS?

  • Assessments (Assess the inmate’s risk on others upon release, clinical assessments)
    • Recent years, many different corporations work together to assess offender’s risk of violence upon release)
    • Information gained from all these assessments are used by different parties to make various decisions regarding programming/ release etc.
    • Research
    • Training (to different prison officers and authorities)

 Benefits for working in prison

  • No shortage of training opportunities
  • Can be exposed to a lot of knowledge
  • Able to attend international conferences

Qualifications?

  • Post-graduate qualifications in Clinical or Forensic Psychology preferable
  • Min 2nd Upper Honours in Psychology
  • At least Grade B3 for alevel GP

Entry salary?

  • $2400 to $4500

  Internship opportunities?

We do hope that all these minutes taken during our academic talks are useful! Do visit our website regularly as we will continue to update our website frequently.

With love,

NUS Psychology Society