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Service Learning Experiences in the Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology


Cooperation Practicum

  • Coordinator: Paloma Vicens (paloma.vicens@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: El Sueño de la Campana Foundation
  • Summary: The practicum is the result of a cooperation agreement signed in the 2004-2005 academic year between the URV School of Education Sciences and Psychology (FCEP) and the El Sueño de la Campana Foundation of San Ramón in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The main aim of the project approved by the Faculty Board is to include, as part of our students' training, supportive external practicums that will help them become both good professionals and individuals who are sensitive to the problems of the modern world and who understand how people in other countries who suffer from poverty and marginalization live. The URV School of Education Sciences and Psychology participates in the educational, psychological and social aspects of the collaboration agreement and works mainly with the most vulnerable groups, such as children, teenagers and women.

Final project - Cooperation Practicum

  • Coordinator: Paloma Vicens (paloma.vicens@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: El Sueño de la Campana Foundation
  • Summary: Students who have participated in the above practicum can conduct their final project on the same subject.

Final project - Learning methodological strategies for children with Asperger

  • Coordinator: Cori Camps Llauradó (cori.camps@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Asperger Association (ASPERCAMP)
  • Summary: This proposal appeared in the first edition of the Social Projects Marketplace held in Reus. It describes an interdisciplinary project that tries to find solutions to the educational challenges facing boys and girls with Asperger. Participants come from the Degree in Telematic Engineering, the Master's Degree in Educational Technology: E-Learning and Knowledge Management, and the Master's Degree in Teacher Training. The main problem faced by children with Asperger is that most of the school's activities are intended for neurotypical children. The goal of the project is to provide children with Asperger methodological strategies so that they can learn by using new technologies.  On the basis of interviews with teachers, psychologists and other professionals working with Asperger children, the psychology student will make a proposal to improve and adapt the children's learning methodologies in the classroom.

Final project - Study on the relationship between emotions and body behavior in people suffering from Parkinson

  • Coordinator: Margarita Torrente (margarita.torrente@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Parkinson Association of the Province of Tarragona
  • Summary: This project can be traced back to the I Social Projects Marketplace held in the Economics and Business Faculty in Reus. In recent years the members of the Parkinson Association of the Province of Tarragona have found a relation between the emotions and the bodily disorders that Parkinson patients suffer. Therefore, this project tries to study and understand how the emotions can have a negative impact on bodily problems, so that better care can be provided to those affected.

Final project - Study on the relationship between Parkinson's and mental health

  • Coordinator: Margarita Torrente (margarita.torrente@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Parkinson Association of the Province of Tarragona
  • Summary: This project can be traced back to the I Social Projects Marketplace held in the Economics and Business Faculty in Reus. In recent years the members of the Parkinson Association of the Province of Tarragona have found that Parkinson's disease is accompanied by other health disorders and that comorbidity seems to be greater in young people. The project aims to evaluate patients diagnosed with Parkinson's to determine whether they present psychopathological symptoms, and check whether the psychopathological symptomatology has been diagnosed or is masked by the primary disorder. The results will be publicly presented to the organization and its stakeholders to raise awareness of the difficulties that these patients have and the disruptive effect that the disease can have on their relationships.

Final project - Creation and design of Mutual Support Groups for Care-providing Families 

  • Coordinator: Núria Vázquez Orellana (nuria.vazquezo@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Support Network for Care-providing Families in Tarragona
  • Summary: This project arises from the II Market of Social Projects. The students have joined the meetings of the Network in order to obtain first-hand information and to be able to adapt the project to the real needs. Once the needs have been identified, the programming and subsequent implementation and development of two activities have been developed: mutual assistance groups for caregivers and grieving groups. The APS experience has been carried out in a complementary way between a student of the Degree of Social Work and the Degree of Psychology, and the results have allowed the design of a project of Mutual Assistance Groups for family caregivers in a transversal way, integrating the partners of different entities and affectations. In addition, a pilot action has been developed with a Mutual Aid Group and the evaluation has been carried out.

Psychogerontology and Psychomotor intervention

  • Coordinator: Fabia Morales (fabia.morales@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Gent Gran Retirement Home, Mare de Déu de la Merce Retirement Home, Jaume I de l'Espluga de Francolí Retirement Home, Conca de Barberà Retirement Home.
  • Summary: In this experience students perform a social function of accompaniment and emotional support to seniors of different residences, facilitating intergenerational exchange. Students are aware of the needs of this group, which facilitates the commitment to ethics and citizen social responsibility and as professionals. It also allows students to observe how a multidisciplinary team works in a geriatric residence, especially the psychologist. It makes possible the students to contribute useful knowledge acquired in the field and to work on other practical and professional skills. To link the Service-Learning experience to two different subjects of the degree of psychology makes easy to have a broad vision of the tasks and activities of psychologist, who approach some areas in the ambit. Specifically, aspects linked to psychomotricity, cognitive and affective development and psychological intervention are worked. This experience allows the students to provide a social service to the community, since institutionalized older people tend to feel alone and disconnected from the rest of society. Some students have established links with the residents and continue to visit them once the experience is finished, they decide to volunteer in the field or consider it as a potential new option for their own professional future.