Call for EFPSA Day 2017 Local Organisers!

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The month of December marks an important day in the world of EFPSA – EFPSA Day! EFPSA Day 2017 is approaching and we need your help to spread the word to other psychology students about how they can be part of the Federation and benefit from the incredible opportunities it offers!

What is EFPSA Day?

EFPSA Day is an annual Event held on the first Wednesday of December, designed to promote the Federation across Europe, through a coordinated promotional wave featuring fun interactive activities and spreading of information.

The idea behind EFPSA Day is very simple: to spread the word about the Events, Services and opportunities that EFPSA has to offer to as many European psychology students as possible. This year, EFPSA Day will take place simultaneously across Europe on Wednesday 6th December 2017!

Who can apply to be a Local Organiser?

Anyone familiar with EFPSA can volunteer to join EFPSA Day by hosting their own EFPSA Day promotional stand or activities at their university. Local Organisers will be given all the materials they may need to become a part of this movement! You can join the EFPSA Day family and be a part of the EFPSA Day wave 2017. You will need only two minutes to fill in your information here.

Local Organisers will be supported by EFPSA in several ways:

  • Official EFPSA Day materials that will be provided to Local Organisers to help them host an exciting and informative EFPSA Day;
  • After you join us as an EFPSA Day Local Organiser you will receive a complete EFPSA Day guide and we will be there for everything else you need!

Spread the EFPSA Spirit to other psychology students and help them join this journey. The deadline to fill in the form is 25th October 2017 23:59 (CEST).

World Suicide Prevention Day | Statement

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On the 10th September since 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day has been organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. A day which aims at opening up conversations about suicide, and help those in darkness. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), every 40 seconds a person dies from suicide, resulting in approximately 800,000 deaths globally each year, making suicide the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29 year-olds. In addition, 65,000 people attempt suicide each year and hundreds and thousands have suicidal ideations. Unfortunately, suicide all too often fails to be prioritised as a major public health problem.

WHO developed their first ever Mental Health Action Plan for the years 2013 to 2020 with the overall aim to enhance research on mental health in order to create a world which is more effective at preventing and in tackling mental health problems. Suicide prevention is an integral part of the plan, with the goal of reducing the rate of suicide in countries by 10% by 2020.

Whilst there is no single explanation for suicide and most suicides happen impulsively, WHO sees suicide as a result of the connection between social, psychological and cultural factors, amongst others. To begin with, the health care itself fails those that need it due to difficulties in accessing it and in receiving the care needed. Easy availability to means of suicide, inappropriate media reporting on suicide, war and disaster, stresses of acculturation discrimination, a sense of isolation, abuse, violence and conflictual relationships are all suicidal risk factors. Risk factors at the individual level are also present. Mental illnesses, problems with alcohol and drugs, unusual thoughts and behaviour or confusion about reality, unstable relationships and / or trouble with the law, impulsivity and aggression, family history of suicide attempt and / or mental disorder are all suicidal risk factors. Having attempted suicide is the greatest individual risk factor. On the other hand receiving effective mental health care, having positive connections to family and peers, belonging to a community and social institutions are said to foster resilience.

Taking certain actions such as restricting access to the means of suicide, easier access to health care services, awareness of suicide as a public health issue and promotion of mental health amongst others, can indeed prevent suicide at a global level. This is a change which requires the cooperation and collaboration between multiple sectors, and thus we need governments and policy makers that support this to make change happen.

One of the objectives behind the European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations (EFPSA) is to offer our psychological knowledge in order to make a positive and significant impact on society. As the saying goes “actions speak louder than words”, in fact, since 2013, the Social Impact Initiative team within EFPSA developed and introduced different projects: “Mind the Mind – to Combat the Stigma of Mental Disorders”, “Organised Acts of Kindness”, and “Better Together”. These successful projects have reached thousands of people across Europe; EFPSA has educated people on mental health, and contributed in creating a more understanding and acceptable society, socially aware and kinder Europe in order to prevent and create a safe place for people to talk about their emotions and mental state, and ultimately increasing wellbeing with the hope of decreasing suicide. In addition, EFPSA is also currently developing a policy on suicide prevention which will include the voice of psychological students at a European level.

On 10th September in the evening people light candles to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one, and for the survivors of suicide. You, reading this position paper take a moment in silence, and keep in mind the people that suffer silently, maybe you might be one of them.

Stay! Talk! Help is out there.
(National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255)

 

The Call for EFPA Working Groups is open!

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Dear EFPS Community,

The Board of Management are excited to announce the Call for members of the EFPSA working community to join one of the Working Groups of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA)

As an Associate Member of EFPA, EFPSA is privileged to be able to submit nominations on behalf of individuals to join one of many EFPA Working Groups that are dealing with different topics which are in the peak of interest of many psychologists and students, as well. This mandate lasts for two years, 2017-2019

You can find more information about the EFPA and the Working Groups here. If interested, please complete this application form.

Completed applications should be sent to the Secretary General, Mónica Duarte, via applications@efpsa.org. The deadline for applications for these positions is Thursday 19th October at 20:00 (CEST). Applications after this deadline will not be accepted. Please ensure that your application is received by this time

If you have any question about this Call, or the EFPA Working Groups, please address them to secretary@efpsa.org.

Please note that only individuals who are part of EFPSA Working Community by holding a position in EFPSA either in the Executive Board, EFPSA Organising Committees, Task Forces or as Member Representative may apply for nomination to an EFPA Working Group.

EFPSA Call for Interns

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Attention all those looking for internships!

EFPSA is pleased to announce a second internship opportunity brought forward by our very own Study & Travel Abroad Service. This Internship is in collaboration with Person Center Prague, Czech Republic a person centered approach clinic using several language to offer activities for the development of the person.

The internship will consist of Individual Therapy (if clients accept), Encounter Group, Bodywork Group, Workshops, Supervision, Marketing, Website Management, Public Information, Client and Colleague Database, Contacts to institutions and Daily Management of the rooms.

Information:

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: decided by intern
Spots: 4 interns will be selected

Requirements: Bachelor, Master, or PhD level psychology students; students who graduated within the past 2 years are also eligible; Fluent English; Interest in Person-Centered psychotherapy, interest in general management of association and participation in the team activities

Terms: The internship will be unpaid, and interns would be responsible for covering their living costs including insurance during their internship. It is recommended to apply for funding opportunities such as Erasmus + grants.

Apply today by filling in this application form and sending your CV (with photo) on internships@efpsa.org, by no later than Tuesday, 20th October 2017, 23:59 CET

Feel free to contact sta@efpsa.org or internships@efpsa.org for any questions or queries.

The Call for the Joint Executive Board & Member Representatives Meeting 2018 Coordinator is now open!

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EFPSA is looking for the next Joint Executive Board & Member Representatives Meeting 2018 Coordinator!

The Joint Executive Board & Member Representatives Meeting marks the halfway point through the EFPSA mandate, bringing together the EFPSA Working Community for a week-long face to face meeting. The meeting provides the perfect opportunity for EFPSA to evaluate the first half of the mandate, prepare for the second half, refuel motivation and work together on developing EFPSA further.

This internal meeting would not be possible without the Joint Executive Board & Member Representatives Meeting 2018 Coordinator and the Organising Committee! This is the perfect opportunity to work with psychology students from your country/region and gain experience in organising and hosting an exciting EFPSA Event!

Should you be interested in this highly rewarding opportunity, we advise you to contact your Member Organisation and express your interest, and contact the EFPSA Events Officer, on events@efpsa.org, as soon as possible. For more information, please check out the following Role Description and the General Prerequisites Document.

You can find the application form here. Please fill it out and send it to Monica Duarte, Secretary General on applications@efpsa.org, by Tuesday 17th October 2017, 23:59 (CET).

Fifth Postcard from the Board of Management 2017-2018

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With five months already passed since the start of the mandate, we are looking forward to presenting you with the developments that the EFPSA Working Community. The teams are currently in full swing preparing for the upcoming Joint Executive Board & Member Representatives Meeting, taking place in Maasiek, Belgium, an internal week long meeting which marks the midpoint of the mandate and where the teams get to meet face to face following their election during the 31st EFPSA Congress in Gakh, Azerbaijan last April.

Board of Management
The Board of Management met for the first Board of Management Meeting in Portimão, Portugal, between the 29th August and 6th September, hosted by our Secretary General, Mónica Duarte. This intensive week consisted of a fixed schedule composed of topics related to the current developments and future endeavours of the Federation.  The Board of Management have presented the outcomes of this meeting internally and will be presenting various proposals, for voting by the Member Representatives during the General Assemblies held during the Joint EB&MR Meeting.

The Presidential Office, Clara Chetcuti and Nicola Falzon have been preparing for the first Member Organisations Presidential Skype Meeting of the mandate, where they will be meeting with the Presidents of the Member Organisations in EFPSA to discuss various matters regarding the work of the associations across Europe. Meanwhile, they have been liaising with the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSA) regarding an upcoming collaboration; stay tuned for updates!

Services & Offices

Journal of European Psychology Students
During the month of September, the Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) has published another paper by students of the University of Wuppertal on the topic of semantic priming with homonymous nouns. The team is working on further developing the JEPS Ambassador project – stay tuned to learn more next month!

Junior Researcher Programme
The Junior Researchers together with their Supervisors have been making progress with their studies; some teams even looking into online research tools for quantitative data analysis. The Junior Researcher Programme (JRP) Team has been keeping in touch with the teams, the Advisor, and the Mentor who will be hosting the JRP Conference in Greece next year. Meanwhile the previous JRP cohort are continuing and finalising their work.

Study & Travel Abroad
Study & Travel Abroad (STA) team has been busy developing their projects. Kicking off a new student exchange, the Exchanges Team have been assisting the Member Organisations of Turkey (Turkish Psychology Students Working Group) and Azerbaijan  (Young Psychologists Public Union). In the meantime they have also been involved in the Student Exchange between the Malta (Betapsi – Psychology Students’ Association) and Croatia (United psychology students of Croatia), currently taking place in Malta. The Travel Network has established new partner hostels within various countries including Latvia, Bulgaria and Lithuania; moreover they are working on the development of new projects including a Tourist Guide and a Buddy System. Finally, the Internships Team has established a new partnership and will soon be issuing the next Call for interns – stay tuned for updates!

Training Office
The EFPSA Training Office has been busy preparing for the upcoming Joint EB&MR Meeting, in order to effectively plan and execute trainings for the EFPSA Working Community. Meanwhile new projects are being discussed, while preparations are being made for the upcoming Training Events.

Social Impact Initiative
Throughout the month of September, the Social Impact Initiative (SII) team has been working on the fourth wave of the Mind the Mind – to Combat the Stigma of Mental Disorder Campaign. The Call for Local Coordinators for the Campaign is open until 25th September, 23:59 CEST, so get applying now! In the meantime, members of the team have been cooperating with the Presidential Office on an upcoming Mental Health related Campaign.

External Relations Office
This month also hosted the EMSA Autumn Assembly in Budapest, Hungary where our External Relations Coordinator, Valerija Vidovic had the opportunity to represent EFPSA. During this inspirational week, we were granted the chance to see how different health student organisations work as well as strengthen interprofessional collaboration. We would like to thank EMSA for the opportunity to spend time with ambitious and creative people which leading to ideas of some new projects and collaborations on the already existing ones such as collaborations.

EFPSA Office
The EFPSA Office has been supporting the EFPSA Working Community in order to allow them to complete their tasks with the best possible quality. The Administrative Support Responsible has been collecting feedback from the Working Community in preparation of the second Internal Newsletter, the Content Review Responsibles have been reviewing documents so all the information shared by EFPSA follows our Corporate Visual Identity and the Web Support Coordinator has been fixing any issues regarding the website and e-mail addresses and is starting a new project: a new registration platform for the annual EFPSA Congress. Finally, the EFPSA Office created a Facebook group for the Working Community 2017-2018 so that we can keep touch in an informal way and everyone can share experiences, photos and ask questions.

Finance Office
The Finance Office has been busy gathering material for reimbursing participants of the Train Advanced Trainers 2016. The Grants Team is overseeing and evaluating the process of grants management and constantly searching for new funding possibilities. We have also helped the Working Community with Negotiation and Wave Workshops while the Partnerships Team is keeping EFPSA’s portfolio up to date and also persistently searching for new partners. We are pleased to announce the establishment of new partnership with Routledge, providing students with 20% off and free shipping on their curated selection of titles which can be found here.

Marketing Office
The Marketing Office is working at full speed in preparation for the Joint EB&MR Meeting in terms of preparation of posters and merchandise. They are also busy preparing materials for the Mental Health related campaign which will be launched shortly while the Social Media Responsible, has also been in contact with the Services in order to enhance the use of EFPSA’s social media.

Members Office & Member Representatives
The Members Office has been busy preparing for a Joint EB&MR Meeting, preparing schedule for our Member Representatives (MRs) and developing new projects within its Office, like MRs Photobook so everyone can get to know each other before the internal meeting in Belgium. The Member Observer Coordinator has been busy staying in contact with Virtus, Montenegro, our Observer Organisation, so they are ready for a next Membership stage during the next Congress. The Office has also been discussing possible Observer Organisations. The Member Representatives have been busy promoting various Calls this month, while also doing general EFPSA promotion for all new university students.

Events Office
Events Office is “putting firewood into the oven” and has officially started working with new Organising Committees (Org.Coms) for the upcoming year. The team has gathered together and prepared the grounds for accepting the new Org.Com Coordinators. It has been a month of bureaucracy, consisted of a fair amount of meetings to discuss processes and nominate applicants for the positions of Org.Com Coordinators. Furthermore, we are more than happy to announce that the Events Office has started the communication with EFPSA Congress 2019 Org.Com in Denmark and Train Advanced Trainers 2018 Org.Com in Cyprus!
Moreover, final touches are being made for the Joint EB & MR Meeting 2017 in Belgium, with the Org.Com getting ready to welcome the Working Community in lovely Maaseik, Belgium while the EFPSA Conference 2017 is accepting its final applications for the Event!

On the other hand, EFPSA Congress 2018 Organising Committee is having more and more intense working sessions between the teams and the Events Office, giving it all they have to make this colossal project a success!

Calls
The Call for participants for the 3rd EFPSA Conference in Bosnia & Herzegovina is open until tonight, 24th September! Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity and apply here now!

Finally, the Call for vacant positions within the EFPSA Working Community is still open and closes 25th September 23:59 CEST, follow the link for more information and get involved today!

We hope you enjoyed reading our updates for the month of September and we look forward to sharing our developments with you next month.

Clara, Nicola, Mónica, Luc, Tiago, Erika & Andreas
Board of Management 2017-2018

The Call for Coordinator of the Organising Committee for the 2018 EFPSA Train the Trainers has been extended!

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Attention all those looking to write a new page in EFPSA history! The Call for Coordinator of the Organising Committee for the 2018 EFPSA Train the Trainers has been extended!

The EFPSA Train the Trainers Summer School (TtT) is now looking for the Coordinator for the eighth edition of the event, which will take place in August 2018!

The Coordinator is the head of the Organising Committee (Org.Com), which will have a chance to create a life changing learning experience for 12 motivated psychology students during an eight day-long event. It is an opportunity to learn more about the training world and meet different cultures.

The TtT is a high quality training event that aims to develop new EFPSA trainers. During the event, participants will learn the basics of planning, delivering, and evaluating training and will develop the attitude and ethics of an EFPSA trainer.

Furthermore, you and your team will go through all phases of planning and realising an event while cooperating closely with the EFPSA Events Officer and the EFPSA Training Office. If you are interested and willing to commit to an immensely rewarding position, then you are encouraged find out more information about the Coordinator position in the Role Description and the General Prerequisites Document and check out the EFPSA website at http://www.efpsa.org/ttt/.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Events Officer directly through e-mail: events@efpsa.org .

To apply for this position you should complete all parts of the application form, which you can find here, save it as a PDF document, and return the PDF application to the EFPSA Secretary General at applications@efpsa.org by no later than 23:59 CET, Monday 18th September 2017.

Call for Local Coordinators for Mind the Mind Campaign

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Make a significant change in society by combating the stigma of mental disorders! Become a Local Coordinator in your country/region and organise the ‘Mind the Mind Campaign’!

 

The EFPSA Social Impact Initiative (SII) is currently looking for Local Coordinators for the fourth wave of our campaign “Mind the Mind – to Combat the Stigma of Mental Disorders”.

We are looking for psychology students or graduates who have:

  • experience with event organising and managing
  • effective communication skills
  • social awareness
  • social responsibility

By gathering a group of volunteers and implementing a meaningful campaign, YOU could help decrease stigma and the social exclusion of people with mental disorders by raising awareness about the presence and effects of stigma. Moreover, you can make it more likely that people with mental disorders will seek psychological help. Join the campaign and be one of the many  students around Europe who will make a change!

Within EFPSA, Social Impact refers to an initiative aiming to make use of psychological knowledge in order to make a significant positive impact on society. The team’s first project was the campaign “Mind the Mind – to Combat the Stigma of Mental Disorders.” We aim to raise awareness, educate and combat stereotypes surrounding mental health problems. Kindly have a look at the Position Paper for further details about EFPSA’s position and importance of this topic here.

After concluding the third wave of the campaign, 20 European countries and countless number of satisfied psychology and high-school students involved are the evidence of the campaign’s success. With each consecutive wave, the materials being used are reviewed and updated based on the feedback and suggestions from everyone who took part in the campaign, meaning the fourth wave will have an even greater impact on European society. In order to achieve our goal, we are looking for Local Coordinators to help us facilitate the campaign all across Europe.

In order to apply, have a look at the Role Description and fill in the online application available here. The call is open until 28th September, 23:59 CEST.

For any questions, contact us via socialimpact@efpsa.org.

 

Extended Call for EFPSA Working Community 2017-2018

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EFPSA is pleased to extend the Call for applications for vacant positions within the Working Community for the mandate 2017-2018. EFPSA’s Working Community is made up of a variety of teams working on different aspects and projects within the Federation. EFPSA is looking for committed and enthusiastic individuals interested in contributing to the development of the Federation for the remainder of the mandate, ending April 2018, within the following teams:

External Relations Office

  • Policy Team Member

Training Office

  • External Training Responsible*
  • Trainers’ Community Responsible*

Marketing Office

  • Photographer

EFPSA in Numbers Task Force

  • Team Member

Here you can find specific Role Descriptions for positions within the Executive Board, as well as a General Prerequisites Document which applies to all members of the EFPSA Working Community. We encourage you to contact the Coordinator or Board of Management Responsible of the team that you are interested in, in order to gain personal insight into the role and the associated duties and tasks. You can find additional information about the aims and potential tasks of the Task Force here. Should you require help in acquiring their contact details, do not hesitate to contact us via secretary@efpsa.org.

Please send your completed application form along with a copy of your CV to applications@efpsa.org, together with proof of studies or graduation within the last two years, by no later than Monday 25th September 23:59 (CEST). Additional submission details can be found within the application form itself.

*Please include a Training Portfolio (a list of all training sessions/events delivered so far) along with your application for this position.

Should you have any questions about the application procedure, do not hesitate to contact the Board of Management via secretary@efpsa.org.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

Clara, Nicola, Mónica, Luc, Tiago, Erika & Andreas
Board of Management 2017-2018

Call for Team Members for EFPSA in Numbers Task Force!

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EFPSA is pleased to announce the Call for applications from individuals interested in joining the EFPSA in Numbers Task Force for the mandate 2017-2018.

The EFPSA in Numbers Task Force is currently collecting and archiving data which will lead to the evaluation of EFPSA’s Events & Services. If you are interested in contributing to the future evolution and success of EFPSA through the collection and statistical analysis of the Federation’s data, then this is the perfect team for you! The position of EFPSA in Numbers Team Member is a highly rewarding position than enhances your skills while providing a platform from which you can develop EFPSA and psychology students’ opportunities simultaneously.

You can find additional information about the aims and potential tasks of the Task Force here, while General Prerequisites for members of EFPSA can be found here. Task Forces are composed of four Team Members led by the Chair of the Task Force who guides the work of the team.

If you are interested in forming part of this Task Force please complete the application form and send it, along with a copy of your CV and proof of studies to Secretary General at applications@efpsa.org no later than Monday 18th September, 23:59 (CEST).

If you have any questions about this Call please address them to Mónica Duarte at secretary@efpsa.org.