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I see your Master’s Degree Program in Psychology at XXXX University to be the optimal springboard that will empower me to realize my central professional goal, to become a professional life coach, dedicating the balance of my life to the service of community as a professional counselor, in addition to being a minister and motivational speaker for churches and women’s groups. I seek a professional lifetime giving my all as a beacon of light which shines bright in a world laced with darkness and difficulties facing many if not most people. I desire to earn the credentials which will better equip me to perform the roles of a life coach, counselor, minister, and motivational speaker for churches and women’s groups.  After evaluating the vehicles and various universities’ available to enable to help me to ahieve my goals, the selection of XXXX became the obvious choice for me to turn my desire into reality.  The fact that XXXX’s accreditation allows graduates from the program to obtain a license in order to open a practice is especially attractive. 

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The Humanitarian Side of a Master’s in Applied Psychology

Working through an organization is how most students and graduates who chose applied psychology first find their feet in the world of humanitarian work. The first that comes to mind for most people is Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF). In the refugee camps of Kenya and beyond, psychologists are an integral part of their teams.

Dadaab Dagahaley is the name of the largest refugee camp in the world. It´s located 100km from the Somali border in eastern Kenya. This is one location where psychologists have been working to help people traumatized by their experiences in Somalia, where violence and drought made them flee their homes.

“In Dadaab, and Africa in general, psychological distress is often not expressed in the same way as in richer countries,” said psychiatrist Pablo Melgar Gomez, who worked in Dadaab from 2009 to 2010. “People often complain of physical pains. During the consultation, we try to make them understand that these pains are related to their emotional state."

A couple of consultations are often enough to help people find a way of coping with their psychological distress, but people with more serious mental health conditions, like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, may not get the treatment they need.

“While I was in Dadaab, I saw dozens of people with mental health problems who’d been chained up or shut away by their families” said Gomez. “If we hadn’t intervened, they would be completely without hope of receiving psychiatric care and would still be chained up today.”

Abdi Rahman Shukri Ali, 26, has lived in a locked tin shack for two years. Before that, his family chained him to a tree, with the hope that he wouldn´t wander off and do himself harm. MSF diagnosed him with Hebaphrenic Schizophrenia.

Around 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental disorders, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). An enormous gap exists between those who need mental healthcare and those who receive it.

The proportion of people suffering depression or anxiety – a normal reaction to abnormal events – often doubles or triples during and after a war or natural disaster. In extreme situations, the whole population experiences anxiety or other emotions. For many, some kind of psychological or psychiatric care is necessary.

In crisis situations, psychologists deal with the most urgent needs first. After the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, MSF staff offered emergency consultations to help patients overcome immediate trauma and provided treatment to people suffering from severe mental disorders.

Ibado Mohamed Muhamad, aged 50, was blinded by gunmen 10-years-ago in Somalia, after being tied to a tree and forced to watch the murder of her three teenage sons. Ibado says she started talking to herself that day and hasn't stopped since.

Psychological distress can be hard to identify, especially when it manifests as physical pain. One of the tasks MSF psychologists deal with is training other medical staff to spot this type of occurrence.

Beyond refugee camps like this one, natural disasters and war zones, MSF psychologists provide counselling to people in a wide range of situations, including victims of sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo and Guatemala.

“Psychological assistance can help HIV/AIDS or TB patients follow their treatment better,” said Gomez, “while in a nutrition center, a mother won’t be able to look after her child properly and ensure it puts on weight if she is suffering from depression.”

Psychologists know about the real important of their work in the lives of people who are suffering. And you don´t necessarily need to give up years of your life to do humanitarian work. Short missions can help immensely, and fit around your studies or clinical work. If you´re a budding humanitarian psychologist, we support you. If you´d like some assistance with writing a personal statement of purpose or getting onto a master´s program, please don´t hesitate to get in touch.