Psychology is the study of human behaviour and mental processes. Psychologists study humans from a variety of perspectives, seeking knowledge about how we perceive, think, remember, decide, feel, act, create and relate to the physical world around us.
Psychology has four main goals:
- To describe behaviour
- To explain why certain behaviours and processes occur
- To predict future events
- To change behaviours and mental processes
A psychology department has been established at Outspan Hospital. It came about due to growing knowledge of the link between the body and the mind. Primary care physicians have come to the realization that psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety can alter immune function and other biological processes which lead to poor health.
Those working in the caring professions spend most, if not all, of their working lives interacting with other people. A key part of their job is to promote health and well-being. Most people are familiar with the following definition of health: ‘A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ (WHO 1946) If this is seen as an important goal, those working in health and social care need the knowledge and skills to help people work towards achieving it.
Therapy or counseling often deals with issues which are inhibiting an individual’s ability to function in a certain aspect of their life. The therapeutic services offered by the department of psychology are not simply to relieve the symptoms of emotional and psychological problems presented by the clients, but they are also after minimizing the recurrence or at the very least manage the recurring symptoms more effectively in the future.
Services offered at Psychology department at the Outspan:
- Chemical dependency (drug and substance abuse) counselling
- Adolescent/youth counselling
- Grief, loss and bereavement counsellig
- VCT/HIV counselling
- Family and Marriage counselling
- Trauma counselling
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Psychological assessment
- Crisis Intervention such as divorce and its effects on children
- Outreach programs- talks to schools, corporate organizations, churches
- Adjustment disorders
- Depression and Mood Disorders