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Psychiatric Hospital in Ankaful

Praktikum und Volunteering möglich
In Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, internships, electives and final year rotations are possible in the field of clinical psychology and psychiatry. Professionals can also volunteer in these areas.

Project Details

The Ankaful Mental Hospital located in Ankaful, five miles from Cape Coast, is one of the three psychiatric hospitals in Ghana. Patients with diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, depression, drug addiction, hypomania, insomnia, organic brain syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, impotence, epilepsy and dementia are treated here while hospitalised or as outpatients by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and specially trained nursing staff.
Interns accompany the clinical psychologists, psychiatrists or the head nurse in individual or group therapy sessions. During certain months of the year, students from the University of Cape Coast train at the Ankaful Mental Hospital, since it is a teaching hospital for psychiatry. Participants can interact with these students.
Working hours are usually Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m., but can be longer when there are a larger number of patients.
In Ankaful Mental Hospital, there is a clinical psychologist, three psychiatrists and about 271 psychiatric nurses. The facility has an integrated school for the training of psychiatric nurses.
In addition to about 80 inpatients, who stay for six weeks on average, approximately 90 patients are treated on an outpatient basis during the week. For the initial treatment, psychological outpatients pay 5 Cedi (about 1 Euro), and 4 Cedi for every subsequent session. The sessions are free for inpatients.
Many patients are addicted to drugs and go through a specially designed 12-step program. Subsequently, they have the option of staying in the rehabilitation center, if necessary, to obtain support for a further six months.
All inpatients are treated both by a clinical psychologist and a psychiatrist. About 40% of all ambulatory patients are referred by clinical psychologists to the psychiatrist. Conversely, even the psychiatrists refer patients to clinical psychologists.
In the past, patients were encouraged to make leather crafts, batik and mesh pocket, as well as take care of rabbits, as part of the therapy, but because of the lack of finances, these are currently not functional. However, inpatients are involved in gardening on the site and growing vegetables. There is also a shortage of medical supplies due to the lack of finances.
Mental illness is taboo in the Ghanaian society. Families in which such a case arises are known to be traditionally excluded from marriage prospects. Due to the still widespread superstition (curses, witchcraft) and deep-rooted religious beliefs, the affected are first taken to pastors. When there is no improvement, they are then taken to psychiatric clinics in very remote locations, so that rumours do not spread.
Interns pay a one time fee of USD 200 to the hospital. Accommodation is provided in the village of Ankaful.
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Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 4 Weeks
Maximum Duration: 6 Months
Language Requirements: English
House, Host Family, Hotel
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physicians, Psychiatric Nurses
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: Student of medicine, nursing or psychology
Further Contribution To Project: Yes, one time fee of 200 USD
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Professional Specialist
Further Contribution To Project: None
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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