Ten professionals are integrated in this way into the work of the center, where they will remain until January of 2015.
With a coordination and welcome meeting, the 2014 interns of the Clinical and Technical Skills Training Program of this center of the university were integrated into the Center for Psychological Care and Integral Health (CAPSI) of the University of La Serena.
The instance allowed the psychologists who are integrated know the team, its coordinators and more details about the work itself that will develop in the CAPSI. As the center's coordinator, Fernanda Castillo, mentioned about these professionals, "we are happy, we had a lot of applicants and we had to select, hard. They are starting 10, which will be accompanying us from March to January of 2015. "
These are mainly qualified professionals of the ULS, some of them with several years of experience, who will have as their work the care of patients "and, through this, train, optimize and develop skills of clinical skills", explains Castillo.
In this regard, the coordinator adds that the interns have valued this program that has a very special characteristic, it is free. They learned about him in different ways, mainly by former interns who told them what the system is like and wanted to return to their home to be part of the initiative.
On the attentions that they will make, Fernanda Castillo remembers that "the population that CAPSI receives is public in general. We have an 60% of child and adolescent care, but also of the third age ". Likewise, all people who want to be served can access this center, not only from the commune of Coquimbo, where it is located.
15 years with the community
The Center of Psychological Care and Integral Health of the University of La Serena has 15 years of recognized presence in the community, being a clear sample of the connection with the environment that carries out the University of La Serena.
In this way, it has generated the opportunity for the development of student practices of the ULS, has forged alliances with public and private institutions, has been part of instances for the promotion of children's rights and mental health care, among other actions.
Their patients enter through spontaneous demand, family courts and schools and institutions in agreement, with an average of 1.200 care per year and an 1.800 record in 2013. Along with this, their networking has linked them to the community, reaching a number of 1.500 people in their free workshops and 260 professionals in seminars and colloquia on health and education during the past year.