The activity includes working with schools and kindergartens in matters of attachment and generating a publication at the end of the process.
Cynthia Ossa, Sofía Becerra, Nelly Astudillo, Jezebel Carvajal, María Valentina Olivier, Daniela Garagay, Valery Olivares and Víctor Sierra are the practitioners of the Center of Psychological Care and Integral Health (CAPSI) of the University of La Serena this second semester. All of them are future psychologists of this house of superior studies, who began a few weeks ago this transcendental stage of their professional training.
Young people will practice until the end of December, with 23 weekly hours distributed in patient care, clinical management (review of documents, psychometric tests, making records, etc.), workshop (promotion and prevention of comprehensive health) and one hour of work in the field. Their activities are varied and this year they will also have a special opportunity, be part of an initiative related to parental skills, a participatory research pilot at the CAPSI with competency workshops for pre-school fathers and mothers, where there will be an evaluation before and after the intervention.
Two schools and two kindergartens would be the participants and the actions will include one or both parents. With them will be addressed issues such as parenting and attachment and practicing psychologists are already deepening their knowledge in these matters, with the help of their professors of the race and the person in charge of the initiative, as well as collecting and reviewing data. The workshops will be carried out by the young people in pairs, covering different aspects each time.
Although these actions in the area of parental competences are not new in the CAPSI, because each year they are addressed according to the requirements of the community and institutions, this time they arise as a proposal of the Center itself, with greater emphasis on the research and the opportunity, once the work is finished, to publish it.
Fernanda Castillo, general coordinator of CAPSI and in charge of this initiative, explains that, since its origins, the Center has carried out patient care and practitioners also perform it. Particularly on this initiative, he details that "we are in the phase of collecting data, reviewing. Then, in the meeting spaces we have on Tuesdays, we socialize the information we have and we are making decisions to put together this proposal ", which would be applied in the months of October and November, to be analyzed in December and generate the document to be published .
Practitioners have 4 weekly hours to work on this project, which will be carried out as a group, integrating "the two areas of CAPSI, the individual clinical work and the prevention line in health and working with groups. This complements the spaces with the diversity of patients and the possibility of working with groups ", adds Castillo.
Cynthia Ossa is happy for this professional practice because, "on the one hand, we can learn many clinical elements of our career, emphasizing therapeutic aspects and, on the other hand, we have a direct link with the community in which we are inserted. Networks also influence, the possibility of going to schools, gardens, nourishing teachers and parents makes us have a more enriched perspective.
Meanwhile, Víctor Sierra emphasizes the complementarity of these areas that may be known, since, although in CAPSI the largest population they serve is child-adolescent, "we can perceive and recognize that many of the reasons why they come are due that there are gaps in the area of parental skills or competences. So, researching on this, also gives us another point of view. "
Regarding the clinical area, the practitioners work with new patients (income) and some of them must, in certain occasions, continue the work previous therapists (links). They also collaborate in the management and organization of events, which they see as a good way to strengthen their networks and develop soft skills. It is important to mention that the opportunity to be part of the actions in network, for example, in the initiatives carried out in conjunction with the Council of Childhood and Adolescence of Coquimbo, also has the Student Centers of the Careers of Nursing and Psychology of the ULS, integrating to workshops and meetings, where their participation is very well considered.
Regarding the investigation, the coordinator of CAPSI maintains that "research and knowledge is always present, regardless of the area. You always have to be investigating, updating yourself. Perhaps the issue of producing products, publications or other physical products may be more oriented to the academic field, which is also a potential future work area ". In addition, Fernanda Castillo highlights the importance that this pilot initiative that practitioners will develop will have in their training in research methodology, being part from beginning to end in an instance of these characteristics.