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My internship at “Samutthana” was a great experience that allowed me to understand the psychology field and expectations that come with it. The knowledge I gained and experiences I had were highly beneficial for me as a psychologist. They were very supportive and friendly during my internship and I learned a lot of things related to my field from supervisors and they were willing to share their knowledge with me so I would get the most out of my time with them.
I still look back at my initial experience of volunteering with Samutthāna/UK-SLTG as on eof the most fulfilling and heart-warming experiences in my career. I feel I gained far more from the experience than I could ever hope to offer and also found a passion for teaching and sharing knowledge. This transfer of skills and knowledge is what makes the experience so rewarding.
I have been a resource person to Samutthāna since 2016; Samutthāna has bridged several uncharted waters in the psycho-social landscape of Sri Lanka. There has also been tremendous work done in bringing awareness to stigma both in mental illness and the ethnic context in this multi-ethnic, diverse society, bringing resolution and helping add a multicultural value system through the involvement of SL volunteers, foreign experts etc.
I have had the great opportunity to intern at Samutthāna for the past six months. I was able to use my theoretical knowledge and apply it practically in various settings. We were also given the exposure to develop and deliver a valuable skill set. It was a great experience working with various target groups including survivors of floods, both adults and children.
Growing up in London as a child of Sri Lankan asylum seekers meant that, until I enrolled in the SLV programme, I had only learnt about the complex history of my country of origin through my parents’ tales and stories. Actually working in Sri Lanka I a diverse range of educational, social welfare and psychiatric settings has allowed me to not only experience firsthand the narratives of my parents,
A huge thank you to Samutthāna for their warm welcome and for allowing me to work alongside with them. It was truly an amazing experience, meeting clients and trainees that Samutthāna works with, particularly in Kilinochchi in the North of Sri Lanka. This exposure highlighted what a significant role you take in their lives and the importance of the work you all do. Keep up the good work and I’ll be seeing you again soon!
Warrior is a project initiated by Samutthana (http://www.samutthana.org.lk), as a support system for those who seek help to overcome psychological distress. Which began as an online campaign proceeding to the ‘International Suicide Prevention Day’ on the 10th of September.