n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Reflections of a psycho-educational intern at a child protection unit : the processes and impact of engagement
|Article Title||Reflections of a psycho-educational intern at a child protection unit : the processes and impact of engagement|
|© Publisher:||South African Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC)|
|Journal||Child Abuse Research in South Africa|
|Author||Andrew Lewis and Rona Newmark|
|Publication Date||Apr 2006|
|Pages||24 - 30|
Psycho-educational training programmes in South Africa currently aim to ensure that both the individual and community are benefited by trainees who graduate from these programmes. In addition, educational psychologists serving internships require training in community-oriented forms of practice. To achieve this aim, the University of Stellenbosch's Unit for Educational Psychology (UEP) follows an ecosystemic approach whereby interns perform community service at several centres in the Western Cape as part of their training programme. This article draws on the experiences of an intern at a Child Protection Unit (CPU) and the assistance given to the latter from the initial introduction to clients to the termination of therapy by the supervising psychologist. The article explores the functioning of a community-based unit such as a CPU and describes what is required of a psycho-educational intern by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) when working within a community context. The challenges which the intern confronted at the CPU are also indicated. Finally, conclusions and recommendations are drawn from these findings, which may prove useful to other emerging professionals working in similar community contexts.
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