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.
- 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
- Post-graduate qualifications in Clinical or Forensic Psychology preferable
- Min 2nd Upper Honours in Psychology
- At least Grade B3 for alevel GP
- $2400 to $4500
- Information can be found online http://www.prisons.gov.sg/content/sps/default.html
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.
NUS Psychology Society
If you have been waiting for the minutes taken during the Behavioral Science Centre (BSC) career talk. Here it is!
Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre (HTBSC)
- What is the Home Team?
- Ministry of Home Affairs is its parent organization
- Set base in Home Team Academy
- How do Psychologists support HT operations?
- 3 ‘O’ concept:
– Operation: Investigation (interviewing, risk assessment), Major deployment/Crisis (crowd psychology, civil disobedience, morale management).
– Organisation: Selection & Assessment, Development (coaching & training).
– Officers: Resilience initiatives (e.g. if there’s a crisis, can the community rebound and cope with it?), Counseling services, Crisis intervention.
- 3 ‘O’ concept:
- What is the HTBSC?
- A research & training hub, a young department which started in 2005
- Report directly to Permanent Secretary MHA
- Research, training, operational support. To enhance officers’ operations at work
- Overseas visits for conferences, working trips or study visits
- Training and operational studies
- Difference between psychologist and researcher?
- Psychologist – permanent staff, develops expertise in one to two key areas but also expected to do a bit of everything
- Researchers – primarily focused on one key area of research/training, contract-based
- Crime Investigation & Forensic Psychologist
– Crime research like sex/violent crimes
– Organized crime research like unlicensed money lending (UML) – eg, factors that push them to start doing it, motivations, business models and structure in which they operate
– Drug offence research like drug mules (transporters/carriers/middlemen)
– Immigration related crime research like how deception takes place at checkpoints (issue of illegal immigrants)
– Detection of deception research
- Research Infrastructure
– Laboratory for forensic psychology research (e.g. non-verbal deception cues)
- Operations & Leadership Psychologist
– Command Leadership Research
– Leadership assessment development etc. e.g. look for behavioural indicators
– 360 feedback for HT leaders,
- – How best to train the officers (methodology)
- Resilience, Safety & Security Psychologist
– Levels of resilience research (e.g. individual, organizational, community, national levels of resilience), etc.
- Training for officers and leaders
- HTBSC Research Structure
- Researcher-driven research, e.g. terrorism
- International Visiting Research Programme (IVRP) e.g. Crime Linkages, eye-witness testimonials
- Psychologist-driven research e.g. youth crimes, command leadership
- Internship Programmes
- Checks & Balances
- Supervision by bosses
- Consultation with partners, HT officers – get their opinions
- Training courses, international conferences (e.g. SPCP, SIOP)
- Opportunities for postgraduate education like Masters. Advantage is that you can choose which field to specialize in, after the working experience for a few years. Disadvantage is relatively long waiting time.
- HTBSC Ops Support
- Electonic Focus Groups, facilitate discussions to see what went well/wrong after major ops
- Ops Research specifically for operations, e.g. situation awareness in command posts – observe how communication flow and what factors affect the situation
- HTBSC Products
- E.g. Research reports
Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities as a Psychologist
- Review papers – major & minor concept so that nobody is over-specialised; breadth is maintained to stay relevant
- Empirical Research Project, e.g. interviews with senior leaders, ground officers etc., detailed interviews with inmates
- Command & Crisis Leadership – situation awareness, crisis decision making, facilitate tactical games/case studies
- Behavioural Analysis – sex & violence, facilitate profiling exercises/case studies
- Ops Support
- Electronic Focus Groups, e.g. Singapore Youth Olympic Games, pre-ops sensing & post-ops review
- Ops Research Studies, e.g. situation awareness in command posts etc.
- Morale Sensing for major operations
- Counseling for HT officers
- Incident debriefing – breaking of bad news, supporting next-of-kin
- Leadership Work
- Train assessors, design exercises (role-play)
- Design 360 feedback, write reports
- Project management – write review papers, analysis of incidents
- A lot of meetings – write & vet minutes, updates on key projects, propose solutions
- Event management – venue/logistics/catering/manpower
- Financial procedures – liaise with vendors
- Why is this job enjoyable?
- Exposure to different fields of psychology
- Real-life application
- Interaction with a lot of people
- Opportunities for learning & self-development
- Most importantly, supportive & fun working environment
- Steep learning curve – need to be resourceful and take initiative
- Must be flexible as not everything has a clear structure
- Tight deadlines – must have good time management
- Preparedness, to be on standby all the time
- Stressful – must have own work-life balance
- Relatively lower pay as compared to similar premium organisations; must be clear of personal motivations
- Takes considerable time to climb up career ladder
Career in HTBSC
- Psychologist – minimum 2nd Upper Honours (Researchers in HTBSC – min 3rd class honours), although there are exceptions
- Interest in Psychology with willingness to learn, good interpersonal skills etc.
- Career Prospects
- HT Specialist Scheme
- studies/advancement in career
- 5-day work week, 18 days of leave
- Alternatively, join as a Behavioural Sciences Research Analyst
- 3 periods
– Feb to Apr (Full/Part-time) – Project-based.
– May to July (Full-time) – 12 to 14 weeks
– Dec (Full-time) – 5 weeks
- 3 periods
Apply: HTBSC Intern Manager Ms Stephanie Chan Stephanie_chan@mha.gov.sg
Next up: Ministry of Education! Stay tune!
NUS Psychology Society
Remember the academic talks you have attended a few months back in NUS?
Have you forgotten what you have been told during that talk?? Or have you missed out the talks? FRET NOT! From today onward, we will be posting the minutes taken during the career talks!
First up will be…
Ministry of Social and Family Development
What is Clinical and Forensic Psychology Branch (CFPB)?
- Have both clinical and forensic psychologists
- Different teams in MSF, tackling different areas
- Trainings for the police, therapy services provided to people who had been abused etc.
Services provided by MSF:
Services for trauma an abuse recovery (STAR)
- Provide services and assessments for victims
- Assess victim’s risk to himself and to others
Forensic Health Services (FHS)
- Deal with offenders , work with them in the community settings
- Offenders are of both genders, from prison and homes
- Assessed each offenders’ mental health status
- Treatment provided for violent, theft etc
Research and Programme Evaluation (RPE)
- Research on various social issues
- Eg. The rates of recovery after abuse
- Research in the field of clinical and forensic psychology research based on local context
- Provide advice and counseling services to different professions in terms of skills management
- Provide services to various ministries
- Eg. Work closely with police forces in forensic interviews
- Collaborates with FCPW, Voluntary Welfare
- National care system
- Psychological services provided in face of crisis
Who are MSF’s clients?
- Children, adolescents and adults
- Eg, people who suffered from trauma abuse
- Clients’ can have different behaviors
- Sexual, violent abuses
How do we tackle offenders?
- Knowledge from international theories or regulations will be applied to tackle and help those offenders
- Offenders often have various psychological disorders, hence different professionals will work in teams to assist the offenders
What is required from the psychologist?
- Understand the client’s situations or circumstances
- Good clinical skills
- Good social and communication skills
- Team player
- Resilient (Able to accept grey areas)
- Good research skills
Benefits of working in MSF
- You are provided with an opportunity to work in various fields (counseling, research etc.)
What are the assessment services provided by MSF?
- Sexual offending risk assessment, suicide risk assessment etc.
Training and career advancement opportunities provided
- Overseas attachments and trainings
- Overseas conferences
- Post-grad qualifications
- At least master in clinical/ forensic psychology
- Relevant experience in clinical/ forensic settings
- Good report-writing skills (for courts, for officers etc.)/ Interpersonal skills
- Internship experiences beneficial
- Able to work in a multidisciplinary team
Is MSF only hiring masters graduates – yes
We hope that you will find the above information relevant and applicable.
Next up will be…
BEHAVIOR SCIENCE CENTER
With regards, NUS Psychology Society
Dear NUS Psyche members.
NUS Psychology Society is holding our Psychology Talks 2013 from 28th Jan to 1st Feb 2013.
We have invited experts from various fields to aid you in knowing more about your career path of interest.If you are interested in knowing more about your career of interest, gaining opinions from these experts as well as to hear about other fields of psychology, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Furthermore, with these experts currently working in the field, you will be able to gain more information about internships at the same time.
We will be holding our ticket sales on 21st to 23rd January 2013 during 10 am to 6 pm along bench 10-11 located at the AS1 walkway near the Central Library. The tickets are free for NUSPsyche members and are $2 for each talk (nominal fee) for non-members.
Both members and non-members are to collect/purchase their tickets at the ticket booth in the above mentioned time and venue.
The talks are highly recommended for all Psychology Majors as well as students who are interested in the relevant fields.
Do refer to the attached poster for the dates and the respective guest speakers for the days.
For more information, come look for us at our booth! (:
Vacancy for Social Worker / Social Work Executive / Social Work Assistant
We would appreciate greatly, if you could publicize these internship opportunities to the relevant student population. If you require any further information before doing so, please feel free to contact us.
About the studies
In March 2012, Oogachaga started an online survey titled “Impact of homophobia and transphobia on LGBTQ individuals in Singapore”. This is the first survey in Singapore that assess the level of homophobic and transphobic attitudes experienced by LGBTQ individuals in Singapore and the possible impact on their psychosocial well-being. Oogachaga aims to release the summary report on this survey on International Day anti Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) 16 May 2012 and a full report on 1 August 2012. The finding of this survey will help Oogachaga in its program planning and public education.
– organise and conduct focus group discussions
– working in a team to formulate the reportInternship Commitment
– 3 months (May to July)
– 3 times a week (approximately 18 hours in total)
– May have to work weekends or Sundays where necessary
– Good knowledge and grades in statistics (or related modules)
– Good knowledge and experience with SPSS
– Excellent research paper writing skills
– Knowledge of the LGBTQ communities is not compulsory, but would be an advantage
To apply for these positions, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 May 2012. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
– Current Grade Point Average (GPA) or Cumulative Academic Points (CAP)
– Grades for relevant modules (such as basic and advanced level statistics, or lab modules)