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July 12th, 2007, 10:09 PM
glasscandie's Avatar What I make is what I am
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I've been doing some research into my major (psychology), and it seems that I need to get cracking on volunteering. Probably volunteering in one place my entire undergrad career would be best, as grad. schools are pretty competitive.

If you were a psych. major, where would you think to volunteer? I'd love to get my foot in the door at Johns Hopkins, but most of their volunteer/internship positions are reserved for students. I can't really get anything from the U. of MD (where I'm going), because I'm doing online classes for at least 2 semesters (or until we put Jules in pre-K, then I'll start doing physical classes). Do you think I should start calling random psychologists around here and asking if they need anything alphabatized? Or maybe go over to Planned Parenthood (don't they have some sort of mental health counseling?)? I'd preferably like to volunteer somewhere that had some sort of relevance to my career goal (clinical psychologist, not sure what specialty yet, maybe kids, adults, or marriage), though I suppose I could just volunteer at an animal shelter or something...but I wouldn't really be able to motivate myself to do that.

Also, do you think it would be out of line to ask either Julia's ped. from Johns Hopkins; her old derm. from Stanford; or the doc who's heading the Netherton's research study she's participating in from the U. of Washington about any volunteer opportunities regarding ichthyosis research, or to keep their eye out? I was thinking doing some sort of undergrad.-long project about maybe the psychological effects of having ichthyosis. I guess just observing the research studies being conducted now...? I have no idea, if anyone wants to clue me in on what a typical project outline would be, that'd be nice lol

Anyway, so this is what I'm thinking about now. What do you think?
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July 12th, 2007, 11:40 PM
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Are you wanting direct experience of mental illness and treatment or just mental illness?
Drug Rehab Centers
Any Psych ward
Often they will have minors in a Locked Intensive Unit that is not necessarily a psych ward. In Indiana we had Children's Homes, where they were put for behavior (not orphanage type situations) and the most intense were in locked units (and I worked on the all boys unit)

If you want to see untreated, Homeless shelters are a good place to start
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July 12th, 2007, 11:50 PM
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I know a friend of mine volunteered at a Battered Women's Shelter when she was getting her degree. Hope you find what you are looking for =)
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July 13th, 2007, 10:28 AM
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I volunteer at the Distress Centre (which is like a suicide/mental health support/family/DV/Rape/venting line) and many of the volunteers there are only there to get their volunteer hours and credits. They really like it because on quieter shifts they can get their homework done.
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July 14th, 2007, 10:42 AM
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All of those are great ideas from the other ladies!!

You can also look into Group Homes (some house teens, some house adults with severe mental illness).
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July 16th, 2007, 06:58 AM
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I did volunteering at DV shelters, and rape crisis centers. I also volunteered at a program that worked specifically with at risk and abused preschoolers. That was an amazing experience
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