Here you can make a real difference - while you
TraumaClinic offers internships for
Psychology students, based at our head office in Cape
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
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
from two to twelve months.
||Individual and group
||Counselling at schools
and in community projects.
||Group projects in schools
||Group and individual
supervision at least one hour per week by registered
||Reading, course work,
||Time for reflection
|| Interaction with other
||Regular report back
to your university.
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.
in the design and execution of small group projects.