Psy­chol­ogy does mat­ter

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IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity (IMU) Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents or­gan­ised a Psy­chol­ogy Week last Apr 25 to 26 at the uni­ver­sity’s campus in Bukit Jalil. This is the fourth time that this event was or­gan­ised at the uni­ver­sity and show­cased var­i­ous ar­eas of Psy­chol­ogy.

This year’s event theme is “Psy­chol­ogy Does Mat­ter” and cov­ered in­te­gra­tive ap­pli­ca­tions of psy­chol­ogy. There were posters on ad­dic­tions, health psy­chol­ogy ex­hi­bi­tions, ex­per­i­ments on taste per­cep­tion, ex­pres­sive art ther­apy demon­stra­tions, 30-sec­ond lift speech for job in­ter­views and many more, giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity for the Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents to present their “class­room knowl­edge” to stu­dents from other IMU pro­grammes.

Se­mes­ter 2 Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents com­mented, “We learnt a lot more about the top­ics al­lo­cated to us for the event, in­clud­ing how to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponses to ques­tions from the lay per­son.

“What is use­ful is that we were able to im­prove on our pre­sen­ta­tion skills, an im­por­tant as­pect of our own per­sonal and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.”

One of the high­lights of the event is the art ther­apy and card ther­apy or­gan­ised by Se­mes­ter 8 stu­dents.

Stu­dent Izza Amira com­mented about the card ther­apy booth: “The stu­dents who took part in this ac­tiv­ity were open to the idea of card ther­apy, in­ter­ested to learn about the cards and were will­ing to share their thoughts with me.”

She added, “It was such an over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as I was able to gain more in­sight and see dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives from the shar­ing with these stu­dents. Just as much as I was hop­ing the stu­dents can see their strength in the cards, they taught me how to see things from such a di­verse per­spec­tive.

“I find my­self more crit­i­cal in find­ing pos­i­tiv­ity in every weak­ness. In all, it was such a great ex­pe­ri­ence to be able to fa­cil­i­tate the ther­apy”.

The “30-sec­ond lift speech” for job in­ter­views had stu­dents from dif­fer­ent pro­grammes.

Stu­dents record a clear, brief mes­sage about them­selves com­mu­ni­cat­ing who they are, what they are look­ing for and how they can ben­e­fit a com­pany or or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The record­ing du­ra­tion was 30 sec­onds; the time re­quired to ride a lift from top to bot­tom of a build­ing.

Stu­dents in­ter­ested in the In­dus­trial and Or­gan­i­sa­tional Psy­chol­ogy ac­tiv­ity said that: “The 30-sec­ond lift speech ac­tiv­ity was in­ter­est­ing – although it was tough for cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als, it was ben­e­fi­cial and pro­vided a good learn­ing plat­form.

“We learnt strate­gies to be more com­fort­able at shar­ing about our­selves es­pe­cially when ap­ply­ing for jobs.

“It was a good op­por­tu­nity to take a good look at one­self in re­gard to how one per­forms in front of oth­ers or in­ter­view­ers, and re­flect upon what we see and hear dur­ing the play­back.

“The par­tic­i­pants were able to see the ben­e­fits de­rived from this ac­tiv­ity, such as in­ter­per­sonal skills and how it will make a dif­fer­ent im­pres­sion in the eyes of the em­ploy­ers or au­di­ence.”

The three-year Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hons) Psy­chol­ogy at IMU, Malaysia’s first and most es­tab­lished pri­vate med­i­cal and health sciences uni­ver­sity with over 25 years of ded­i­cated fo­cus in health­care ed­u­ca­tion, has a cur­ricu­lum that has been de­vel­oped to meet high in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Stu­dents have the op­tion to com­plete the en­tire psy­chol­ogy de­gree in IMU or study part of the pro­gramme in IMU and trans­fer to Uni­ver­sity of New­cas­tle, Aus­tralia or the Uni­ver­sity of Strath­clyde, UK for com­ple­tion of their de­gree.

The three-year Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hons) Psy­chol­ogy has also been ac­cepted in­ter­na­tion­ally for fur­ther spe­cial­i­sa­tion at the grad­u­ate level.

In or­der to be­come a qual­i­fied psy­chol­o­gist, stu­dents should first com­plete the un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in psy­chol­ogy, fol­lowed by a Mas­ter’s de­gree in one of the spe­cialised ar­eas of psy­cho­log­i­cal prac­tice.

In­takes for the Psy­chol­ogy pro­gramme are in Fe­bru­ary and Septem­ber and is open to both Arts and Sci­ence stu­dents.

Those who en­joy think­ing about the causes of hu­man be­hav­iour and have a de­sire to help oth­ers man­age prob­lems, should apply for a ca­reer in psy­chol­ogy.

Those who just com­pleted their SPM and do not have pre-uni­ver­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tions can con­sider en­rolling in the one-year IMU Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence, the pre­ferred foun­da­tion and di­rect route for en­try into any of the uni­ver­sity’s lo­cal de­gree pro­grammes.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, re­fer to www.imu.edu.my, e-mail start@ imu.edu.my or call 03-2731 7272.

IMU’s Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents show­cased var­i­ous ar­eas of psy­chol­ogy at the uni­ver­sity’s campus in Bukit Jalil dur­ing its Psy­chol­ogy Week on April 25 and 26.

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