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Location: Navi Mumbai, India
Availability: whole year, start date flexible
Mindestdauer: 1 week
Maximum duration: 6 months
Languages required: English
Further languages of advantage: Hindi, Marathi
Shared apartment, hotel
Supervision possible: Yes
Qualification supervisor: Psychologists
Minimum qualification intern:
Student of psychology
Further contribution to the project: Yes, 2019: 13,000 Rs per any complete or incomplete month + 19% tax
Volunteering possible: No
Expected qualification volunteers: -
Internship report by Ahmarin
Below are some observations I made for some of the children who come to ACE.
would behave like the ‘elder brother’ to all the children younger to him by explaining the directions to worksheets (in case they didn’t understand). He also has learning difficulties such as reading, writing and math. His level seems to be lower than his grade level. Because I haven’t seen his reports, I am not aware of his actual level or the current standard he is attending.
the number of chocolates he ate that day. The times I did not know how to handle him were when he would threaten to hurt me (or anything that I own) if I did not give him what he wanted, or when he continuously used fowl
language to gain attention. Interestingly, when his attention is grabbed the minute he steps into the counseling center, he is much more readily able to do worksheets, however when given the leeway to use the computer (which is his
favorite activity in the center), he would refuse and maybe even throw a tantrum. He has difficulty awaiting his turn. What’s great about Krishna is that when he is in a good mood he has the ability to lighten up the entire room.
Joshua. Joshua has a select few people that he is comfortable with. For example, he would only follow directions given from the counselor that he regularly sees. He speaks a dialect that is different from what I am used to, and while it
seems rude to me, it may be normal otherwise. It would have been interesting to speak to Joshua’s parents to get more detail about him. I think Joshua has a reading difficulty. When I was doing an English worksheet with him (join two
halves of a word to make one), he seemed to have difficulty following the directions. The words were 3-4 letters long, and for example, if he was told to join ‘wa’ and ‘nt’ to make ‘want’ he would write ‘ntwa’. He has difficulty
recognizing the sounds of the letters and joining them to make a word that makes sense. However, despite the difficulty he seemed to want to finish the worksheet which I thought was impressive.
Sahil - Autism. Sahil is an autistic child who blessedly has gotten a lot of help and training from his mother to perform normal school activities. He has a knack for computers and puzzles and enjoys playing games in which he has to find treasures. He loves to sing and music becomes his method of productivity. They say music can lift your mood and give you a relaxed focus, and this may be his way of concentrating on activities such as puzzles and less cognitively demanding tasks (computer games). What I find interesting is that usually autistic children are sensitive to physical touch, however, Sahil would want to hold hands with the counselor he is familiar with.
is therefore afraid of trying.
The curriculum based test is a measurement that uses direct observation and recording of a student’s performance in the local curriculum. Their grade level is determined through reading, comprehension, math skills, and writing assessments.
VABS stands for Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale. This test is for those clients whose IQ cannot be taken. This scale is used to help diagnose and evaluate the special needs of children. The questions are asked to the parents instead of the child.
I got to sit in on one career counseling session with Salma Prabhu (founder of ACE). These sessions are for clients to have a clearer picture of what field they would like to pursue in the future. Their decisions are based on an interest test, and an aptitude test (along with two other tests). While these tests and their scores are standardized, the suggestions given for the type of career are not; they are suggested by Salma Prabhu.
My experience at ACE has been fun and memorable. However, one suggestion I would make for future interns is to have a plan already laid out (schedule) which could be explained during ‘orientation’ day/days, so that more can be accomplished during a short period of time. For example, before doing observations in the remedial room it would be nice to get to know the child through their reports before observing them. Also, the layout for the internship reports
should be introduced before-hand so that notes can be taken accordingly. Sessions with parents and children should be planned so that the intern knows what to expect before going into a session. Further, perhaps a debriefing session with counselors of the positives and negatives would be helpful from time to time in understanding the center better, the work that the counselors do, and ways to improve. This would be for the intern to have a chance to talk about
work in a comfortable setting and discuss what they are learning/what they want to learn/any questions they may have.
Internship Protocol Meike
Topics Covered: "Career Counseling. Scoring the test results. Observing the way of work"
"Performing 16-PF, Interest and Personality Test; How does ACE work? What are the values/concepts? What do the children do? What kind of disabilities do they have?"
Suhasini told me that the aim of ACE is to teach the children in a very positive way without pressure and that all of the counselors try to help the children improve their achievments in school. Therefore the children come to ACE after school and receive help with their homeworks and L.D.'s. The children who come to ACE sometimes have ADHD/ADD or Dyslexia, Dysphasia, Discalculia. The Career Counseling was also very interesting. I've performed some tests before but most of them because researches and not because of personal feedback. Today I performed an Aptitude-Test and an Intelligence-Test. The Scoring of these two tests showed, that it is highly important to be careful and accurate while doing it. Always double-check before making a diagnose.
"Perform Interest and Personality Test and 16-PF"
"Scoring the Results"
I observed the way the counselors work at ACE and the concepts, which were told me before were confirmed. The work is done in a positive way and the children are allowed to play games, which also help them to learn. Although they are supposed to have fun at ACE they have to learn something as well. Therefore they have to study but this also is done in a playful way. They seem to enjoy coming to ACE and the counselors are patient with them and spend a lot of time with them. I've also observed Ritvija while answer some comprehension questions, which was really hard for her because she couldn't concentrate. A lot was going on in the room on this day. As she was able to concentrate she could answer the questions but still needed help. Later I performed the two remaining Personality-Tests (including 16-PF) and the Interest
"Meeting; Get to know ACE; Parental Information Evening"
Trainers: Aashna, Suhasini, Grishma
"Interact with the children; getting to know them; What is lesson planning and why do you want to do this? Try to understand the difficulties of each child."
"Read WISC-4 Manual; maths lesson planning"
"WISC-4; talking about the ideas"
"WRAT-4, Schonell, BG"
"Scoring the tests; When do you use the tests?
"Is Santosh autistic?"
"Repeat and internalise WRAT-4, BG, Schonell; Read manual of CBT"
"Explain the tests to Grishma"
"WISC-4; Perform TAT; Lesson planning"
Trainers Grishma, Neena
"TAT. Scoring/Interpret the WISC-4"
"Meeting; Lesson planning; Short insight of the VABS-2; Perform Brain Yoga"
Trainers: Aashna, Meera, Suhasini
"Lesson planning, VABS-2, What are the tasks for the lesson planning? Why and when do you use Brain Yoga?"
"Read WPPSI-3 Manual; Score and interprete TAT"
"WPPSI-3 - Does the need automatically include the same press? How many needs can a person have?"
"Explain WRAT-4, BG, Schonell, CBT to Grishma; Read TAT-manual"
Trainers: Grishma, Suhasini
"TAT - What do you do, if a child doesn't want to do a test anymore? How do you react, if it doesn't know something and asks you, but you are not allowed to give the answer to that question?"
Trainers: Aashna, Meera
"How can I motivate ... to write a short passage?"
"Rorschach; How was Sairam at the beginning? Did he improve?"
"Scoring MMPI; Reading MMPI-manual; Scoring Career Counseling; What kind of scales do we have? How can you help people with pesonality disorders?"
Trainers: Grishma, Suhasini
"How do I score the test? What is the critical value? Why did I score so high on paranoia?"
Trainers: Grishma, Gautami
"How many Career Counselings do you have per week? What do you tell parents, if its clear that the child/client has problems at home? How do you know, which career is convenient for the client?"
The Vineland-2 seems to be a very good option to diagnose a person (especially children), which can't perform a test by itself. But as for nearly every test, it is very important to have experience and even more important to be prepared very well. Especially for the Semistructured Interview Format the preperation of some general questions is indispensable. For parents it is more pleasant to perform the Semistructured Interview rather than the Rating Scale because there they can just talk about their child more freely. A comfortable atmosphere is necessary as well as to remind the respondent to talk about the usual performance of the child. The test is supposed to identificate whether a child/person has difficulties in specific areas or not. After that Gautami showed me how to score the Career Counseling and how to handle the special software. This software basically does the statistical work for the counseler. You type in the raw scores of the Aptitude-Test, Intelligence-Test, Interest-Test and Personality-Test. After that you can see, where the special interests and aptitudes of the client are. With that knoweledge you have to pick the matching career-opporunities. Even the report is given automatically. The test is highly requested and for choosing the right career-opportunities you have to have experience.
Trainers: Meera, Suhasini
"Administer Rorschach-Test; What do you do, if a client doesn't score high on any interest at the Interest-Test? What do you tell the client at the beginning of a Rorschach-Test?"
"Administer and score the ROR"
"How do you stop the rection time? Do you administer the ROR on its own or does it maintain a test/diagnose?"
Accommodation in Navi Mumbai
I. World Unite! Service Package
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:
- Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
- Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
- Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
- Arrangements of the Documents you need for your Visa Application and assistance with local registration (if required) but not the official government fees for the visa (See costs below)
- Pick-up and Transfers from/to Mumbai Airport (BOM) on arrival and departure
- Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
- Orientation and Introduction in Navi Mumbai
- Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
- 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
- Local SIM Card with 600 Rs. airtime credit
- Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
- Donation of 50 USD (in domestic currency) to your placement organization (in case of charitable organizations)
- Costs for 10 seedlings of indigenous trees that we plant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro
The Rates do NOT include:
- Accommodation and Meals (see below)
- Travel to/from Mumbai (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
- Official fees for Visa (see below)
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- Personal Expenses
- Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
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II. Accommodation Costs
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|Shared Apartment or Hotel|
Apartment shared with other participants
8000 Rs/2 Week
(min. 2 weeks)*
|2 Persons p.p.
8000 Rs/2 Week
(min. 2 weeks)
(optional; Indian Meals)
|per person||Breakfast 35 Rs; Lunch 45 Rs; Dinner 55 Rs./Day||Breakfast 35 Rs; Lunch 45 Rs; Dinner 55 Rs./Day|
Hotel incl. Breakfast
+ Tax (4%)
+ Tax (4%)
|2 Persons p.p.
+ Tax (4%)
+ Tax (4%)
Overview of other costs:
- Visa around 60-130 EUR (75-160 USD) depending on activity and duration; to apply prior to your travel
- If meals are not included: 40-100 EUR (50-130 USD)/Month (Estimate)
- Small local expenses (Internet, Local Transport): ca. 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month (Estimate)
- Insurances around 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month