See what past interns
say about the internship:
"But most important of all: I cannot say enough times how lucky me and Ørjan was to end up at TraumaClinic. Learning from you, and having you
as a supervisor has been inspiring to me, and especially for my
interest in psychology, which was about to die when I arrived SA. You
have a relaxing, and pragmatic way of dealing with both persons and
issues that we bring up. You must also know that the experiences I
gained in SA has made me even more tolerant to people that oppose me
or are different from me (something I have been struggling with for a
long time). Im not just referring to working with the teachers and the
kids, but also working with Charmel, the other interns, and yourself. I think I also have learned to see the value of reading more, and being open to the knowledge that is given to me. Trying to "change the glasses" that Im wearing, and being "all ears" to the ones who are having something to say. Also trying to get out of my comfort zone.
Ørjan and me attended a meeting the other day to present our internship for Kjersti Aarefjord, the lady in charge for the external practice. We told her that we really hoped the University of Bergen could work with you on a regular basis. We believe it is valuable for
us and for you." Simon Thorsell, Norway
“My internship through Trauma
Clinic and CASE gave me a vast amount of experience.
It showed me how to develop relationships that are vitally
important for helping a community through counselling.
My counselling skills and techniques were tested and
scrutinized but ultimately enhanced and honed by frequent
group counselling for the interns as well as the constant
assistance provided in supervision. My year was somewhat
of an emotional roller coaster, at times tiresome and
at other times, exciting and inspirational. I highly
recommend this internship to anyone who wants to get
a taste of a counsellor’s role and responsibilities.”
Brett Pentland-Smith, University of South Africa, 2011.
"Gerrit, I would like you to know again the huge effect you have had on my life.. you've put my life on track" Yusuf Salie.
“I would recommend an internship, through the
TraumaClinic, to anyone who is looking to broaden their
practical and theoretical knowledge of trauma. The internship
offers excellent supervision and guidance. The year
internship equipped me for my career as a trauma counsellor,
specialising in play therapy. I completed my BPsych
equivalence through UNISA, while completing a year part-time
internship.” Jody Lord, University of South Africa,
“One of my favourite things about working at TraumaClinic
was the emphasis on being a team and constant support
from everyone in the office as well as at our respective
schools... No one was a hero, we were all always working
in the best interest of our clients and the team as
a whole.” Kelly Hunt, University of South Africa,
“I studied via correspondence through the University
of South Africa (UNISA). This can be a lonely way of
doing things and one can feel very isolated. There are
2 reasons that stand out when describing how/why I enjoyed
the traumaClinic experience. Firstly, the balance between
practical and theory, with the opportunity to get real,
community-based experience while having access and exposure
to the latest literature & the opportunity to contribute
to that. Secondly, being in a "team" of interns
was valuable for peer support, supervision and shared
learning. I felt well supported and cared for by my
supervisors, both professionally and personally."
Kerrin Lewey, University of South Africa, 2010.
"The year I spent at TraumaClinic was
key in my development as a counsellor, under the guidance
of Gerrit Van Wyk, I was able to expand my theoretical
knowledge of trauma theories and therapies as related
to both an international and local South African context.
My internship at TraumaClinic exposed me to big thinkers
in the field, both in South Africa and abroad, who have
offered invaluable guidance with regards to my Research
Masters Thesis." Bernice du Plessis, University
of Cape Town,2009.
"It was a thoroughly enjoyable, challenging and
rewarding experience working with a variety of cultures,
religions and value systems. It was challenging which
enabled me to grow in leaps and bounds both personally
and professionally. I would definitely recommend it
as a worthwhile experience to anyone wanting to work
within the mental health field who is interested to
explore some challenging and complex dynamics at play
in South Africa." Megan Barber, University of Liverpool,