traumaClinic internship outline
Here you can make a real difference - while you are learning.
TraumaClinic offers internships for Psychology students, based at our head office in Cape Town.

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with much touristic attraction. But Cape Town also has a large number of poverty stricken communities, the legacy of Apartheid South Africa. Violence and abuse is common, and trauma is continuous in these communities.

At TraumaClinic we deal with individual trauma, family trauma and work related trauma. Through our community work we also deal with complex trauma and the continuous trauma prevalent among impoverished communities. This provides our interns with a broad sphere of practical experience that is not commonly available in training.

Psychology in Africa faces the challenge that Western trauma science is largely inaccessible or inappropriate. We have been forced to rely on our own local resources and to pioneer approaches to the complexities we are facing. In Cape Town we are privileged to have a strong scientific tradition and infrastructure with which to develop and innovate new solutions in the field of trauma. Interns are offered an opportunity to be part of some groundbreaking work.

The traumaClinic trauma support model
The traumaClinic Trauma Support Model is an eco-systemic approach based on 25 years of practical experience, constantly updated with the evidence of emerging research on the causation of trauma related disorders, and the factors that promote resilience. Our thinking has also been shaped by Conservation of Resources Theory (COR), a model that enables practitioners to provide trauma support not only to individuals, but also to families, groups and communities. To read more about the trauma support model, click here

Outline of the internship
TraumaClinic offers interns a balance between practical work and theoretical input, with close supervision and support.

Duration from two to twelve months.
Individual and group work.
Counselling at schools and in community projects.
Group projects in schools and communities.
Group and individual supervision at least one hour per week by registered psychologists.
Reading, course work, workshops.
Time for reflection and recreation.
Interaction with other interns.
Regular report back to your university.

Learning outcomes you can expect

A sound theoretical basis for working with trauma victims, individually, in families, in groups and in communities.
An understanding of the issues of continuous trauma.
An understanding of the impact of culture in trauma.
Practical experience in individual and group work.
Practical experience in the design and execution of small group projects.

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