Workshop: Regionalizing / Internationalizing the Psychology Curriculum

November 15, 2011 - 8:00-12:00
Chair: Ava Thompson

Presenters:

  • Omowale Amuleru-Marshall: Toward a wholistic or multi-specialty psychology: The challenge of history, culture and global health
  • Laura Johnson: Get Global: Internationalizing Education and Training in Psychology
  • Patricia Todman: Internationalizing Psychology Education and Training: The Psycholgoy Program at the University of the Virgin Islands

Materials and handouts

Abstract:



Psychology is an international discipline and there have been numerous calls to “internationalize” the psychology curriculum to include global and regional perspectives. This workshop aims to provide information, activities, and resources to advance international and Caribbean regional perspectives in psychology education and training among faculty and teachers of psychology. Information about the role and importance of international perspectives are presented from scientific, ethical, and practice standpoints.

Through a variety of instructional methods (presentation, discussion, assessment of current program needs, resources, and guided programme development) participants will learn about the importance and value of international and Caribbean perspectives in psychology education and practice training. Participants will learn specific strategies for ‘how to’ internationalize and regionalize via academic and practice-based avenues. Participants will identify programming needs and a plan for development within their own programme and setting.

In small, break-out work groups, participants will develop an aspect of their education and training programme to include international and regional perspectives. The different work groups will focus on 1) internationalizing academic endeavors including curriculum development, courses, study abroad and research; 2) diversifying clinical and mental health perspectives and training opportunities with multiple service settings; and 3) building international perspectives through collaborative models, specifically working within primary care settings and through a “global health for all” framework. Particular emphasis will be placed on the historical, cultural and developmental realities of the Caribbean region.The workshop will provide a forum for sharing resources and fostering l connections, enthusiasm and commitment to international and regional learning in psychology.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase awareness of the value and need for international and Caribbean perspectives in psychology education and training
  2. Increase knowledge about how international and Caribbean perspectives can be integrated into missions, learning goals, experiences and outcomes in different educational and training setting 
  3. Increase knowledge of ‘how to’ internationalize through education (e.g., courses, research), mental health intervention training, and use of a primary care framework
  4. Assess your/program’s status and possibilities for development 
  5. Develop one or more aspects to include an international and /or regional perspective in an existing programme 
  6. Increase enthusiasm and commitment to internationalizing and regionalizing the curriculum though discussions, fostering connections with others with similar interests, and sharing and/or accessing resources for ongoing opportunities

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