Deadline to apply for 2024-cohort! Apply now.
After successfully running it for two years, we are back with another program on demand.
This 5month long online program (starting April-end 2024) is completely free of charge and is catered to the needs of young psychology students (in high school, college, and universities) and practicing professionals from any branch of psychology. The program aims to build support, awareness, skills, and ethical understanding of crucial themes and topics in psychology, along with space for reflection, meaningful conversations, and some fun. This includes interactions with local and global experts. The program however doesn't make you an expert on any topic or sub-field in psychology; and doesn't certify you as a coach. The program is for your own learning, awareness, growth, reflection, and experience.
Only those who engage with the program completely or at least 95% in terms of the criteria designed, will receive a certificate of participation at graduation. The program is NOT for studying or exploring peace-psychology at all; or for extracting information on any topic for your PhD theses or your ongoing research projects. Kindly refrain from applying if that's your intention.
The program is open to anyone studying or practicing any branch of psychology in South Asia looking for more support, guidance, and mentorship; and is willing to invest time and energy towards building a community together. The program requires 8-10 hours of time commitment a month, which includes regular sessions once a week and a few other engagements such as working with other mentees on a project and regular WhatsApp engagement. We especially encourage people from conflict zones like Kashmir and those holding other marginalized identities in South Asia to apply.
SESSIONS WILL BE HELD EVERY WEDNESDAY, 6:30 - 8:30 PM IST; KST.
LAST DATE TO APPLY: 10th March, 2024.
Pre-requisites to apply:
Application form link: https://forms.gle/QHRCnZQHXUUWd33m9
Keeping the challenges and need in mind, in 2022 we started our first psychology mentorship program, which turned out to be a wonderful transformative journey for many young mentees in South Asia, who continue to be a part of our community now. Given the demand and need, we are back again with our one of its kind free mentorship program in 2023 to support people in the psychology field bridge these gaps.
While the need for psychology as a practice, academia and research is only increasing given the current local and global context, the field still remains not only inaccessible but highly stigmatized in many ways. This further impacts aspirations, career goals and practices of those in South-Asia; especially those with less access to opportunities and resources in conflict zones.
The program is not for studying or exploring peace-psychology. As an organization based in a conflict-zone, we are aware of the lack of resources and access across psychology and mental health spaces. Hence, this program is open to students and professionals from all and different branches in psychology (e.g. mental health, clinical, developmental, organizational, counseling, and so on).
We hope that this program continues to facilitate more access to information, platforms and networks from the vast field of psychology globally. Additionally, we hope our initiative can continue to provide a support system for students and practitioners to emphasize on constant nurturing, wellbeing and safe space practices in the field.
While this program is open to people from anywhere in South-Asia, we hope more participants from conflict-zones like Kashmir, Myanmar and Afghanistan can join us; given the lack of opportunities, safe spaces and platforms in the ongoing conflict; and to also encourage peer-learning and support. The program will be supported by the local and global professionals and experts from various branches of the field of Psychology.
Please Note: This year's program just ended after 8 months, with 60+ mentees from South Asia. Watch out this space for info on the next batch.
We understand the importance of fostering a sense of community and belonging in our mentorship program. To encourage meaningful connections and interactions among our participants, we regularly organize virtual hangouts as part of our comprehensive program. These virtual hangouts provide an informal setting for mentees to engage with each other, share experiences, and build a strong support network. Our virtual hangouts are designed to create a welcoming and inclusive space where mentees can connect, unwind, and engage in open discussions. These sessions are an opportunity for mentees to exchange ideas, seek guidance, and form lasting friendships with peers who share similar interests and aspirations. We believe that these interactions not only enhance the overall learning experience but also contribute to the personal and professional growth of our participants.
Through our carefully curated virtual hangouts, we aim to foster a vibrant community where individuals feel valued, supported, and empowered to navigate their academic and professional journeys with confidence. We encourage active participation in these sessions to make the most of the valuable networking opportunities and the enriching exchange of ideas within our mentorship program.
As part of our commitment to fostering a strong sense of community and providing a holistic learning experience, the Psychology Mentorship Program organizes in-person meetups for our mentees. These meetups serve as invaluable opportunities for mentees to connect face-to-face, share their experiences, and build lasting relationships beyond virtual interactions. While we conduct these meetups in Kashmir, our efforts extend to other parts of South Asia where there is a significant concentration of our mentees. These gatherings not only facilitate meaningful networking opportunities but also create a platform for mentees to engage in insightful discussions, collaborative activities, and in-person interaction with other mentees as well as the team behind the mentorship program.
During the Psychology Mentorship Program, we recognize the importance of fostering a strong sense of camaraderie and collaboration among our mentees. Our Buddy Groups initiative serves as an integral part of this community-building effort, providing a platform for like-minded individuals to connect, share, and collaborate on projects and initiatives that are close to their hearts. These groups, formed based on shared interests and aspirations, facilitate meaningful interactions and promote a supportive environment for mentees to exchange ideas, engage in collaborative learning, and work together on innovative projects that address pertinent challenges within the realm of psychology and related fields. Some of the buddy groups during our previous mentorship program were: Best practices in psychology, Research in general psychology, Mental health advocacy, Sub-fields or New trends in psychology, and Intersectionality in psychology: Gender, Politics, Caste, Marginalization, Resources (career, study, etc.) and networking in psychology. Through our Buddy Groups, we encourage peer-to-peer learning, constructive feedback, and the cultivation of a supportive network that extends beyond the program's duration. The groups serve as a testament to our commitment to fostering a culture of collaboration, creativity, and continuous learning within our mentorship community.
Ethics are an integral part of the program, and we make sure we spend considerable amount of time understanding this in the context of mental health and psychology.
Wellbeing, care and nurturing practices are the core of the program and the organization. We try to practice it as much as we can through various daily reflections and acts.
Feedback is an important part of all our interventions. We take constant feedback to make sure the processes and the program are designed accordingly.
We believe healing, understanding traumas, psychosocial support, creating safe space for dialogue, decolonizing mental health space, understanding mental is political, are all crucial for any sustainable peacebuilding & conflict transformation process. Hence, this is a small step to support those in psychology-field all across South-Asia.
While the need for psychology as a practice, academia and research is only increasing given the current local and global context in mind, the field still remains not only inaccessible but highly stigmatized in many ways. This further impacts aspirations, career goals and practices of those in South-Asia; especially those with less access to opportunities and resources in conflict zones.
Keeping these challenges and the growing need in mind, we are bringing this ongoing mentorship program to support people in psychology field bridge these gaps. Given many challenges in the whole field of psychology in South-Asia, we are not restricting it to only peace and conflict psychology; but instead it is open to all and different branches in psychology (mental health, clinical, developmental, organizational, counseling, and so on).
We hope that this program can facilitate more access to information, platforms and networks from the vast field of psychology globally. Additionally, we hope this can provide a support system for students, aspirants and practitioners to emphasize on constant nurturing, healing and safe space practices in the field.
While this program is open to people from South-Asia, we hope more participants from conflict-zones like Kashmir, Myanmar and Afghanistan can join us; given the lack of opportunities, safe spaces and platforms in the ongoing conflict; and to also encourage peer-learning and support. The program will be supported by the local and global professionals and experts from various branches of the field of Psychology.
We are not taking any more applications now. If there's an exceptional case (e.g. if you are from a conflict-zone in South-Asia and couldn't apply on time due to safety/internet issues, and still want to apply), then write to us. We will see if we can consider your applications based on many internal factors, important for this program.