First psychology fair a hit at Guelph-Humber

Photo by: Dominique Taylor Elaine Giang (right), first year Humber Early Childhood student, with Stephanie Collens (left), University of Toronto MSW student, and Roseanna Wirt, Coordinator of Volunteers at VHA Home Healthcare, speak at GH fair.

Dominique Taylor

Life Reporter

Psychology students didn’t have to look far to find ideas for careers, volunteer positions, job-shadows or student placements this year.

The Guelph-Humber Psychology Society hosted the school’s first Psychology Networking Fair yesterday afternoon in the North Atrium of the University of Guelph-Humber.

“I’m hoping that (the students) will want practical experience to go with their studies,” said Roseanna Wirt, coordinator of volunteers at Visiting Homemakers Association Home Healthcare. “The opportunity to recruit volunteers is what brought me here and to give exposure to our programs.”

The fair provided a unique opportunity for students to meet with local mental health, disability and psychology organizations to learn about real world applications of their academic studies.

The Psychology Foundation of Canada, Oakwood Academy, Spectra Community Support and the National Eating Disorder Information Centre were just a few of the agencies who attended.

Last summer, a small idea blossomed into a large event with over a dozen mental health organizations and over 100 students attended.

“We’ve been thinking of this for a while,” said Tasmie Sarker, 20, third year psychology student and vice-president of activities of the Guelph Humber Psych Society. “We realized that there is a fair for business students, media students and for all other programs.”

Sarker said psychology students don’t really get a chance to network with other programs outside of school, so they decided to bring these organizations to Guelph-Humber.

“Collaborations like this are a real great benefit to both our partners in the community, the university and to our students,” said David Dantos, program head of psychology. “Everybody benefits when there is an exchange of ideas and exchange of information.”

He said that organizations that have taken on placement students have been very satisfied.

“I love them. I’ve had many of them in the past and in other organizations that I’ve worked for,” said Jey-son Edwards, communications representative from the Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region. “This environment gives me an opportunity to meet them face to face and let them know exactly what we do, how we do it, when we do it and how they can help.”

Fifteen volunteers from the Guelph-Humber Psych Society worked on planning the event with the support of Guelph-Humber staff.

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