FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Am I crazy?!
In today’s world the often dominant social view of someone experiencing emotional problems or visiting a mental health professional is that they are ‘crazy’. Sigmund Freud had a wonderful quote that focused exactly on this issue. He indicated that “we are all pathological, it’s only the degree that varies”. As such, the term ‘crazy’ becomes irrelevant, as it comes down to each of us being an emotional being, none of us are not affected by our emotions and the problems the world throws at us.
Am I weak if I am unable to deal with my problems on my own?
An interesting finding from a study by the World Health Organisation showed that stigmatisation of mental health is highest amongst higher educated people. This likely indicates that the cultural view is that we are each expected to be able to ‘handle’ our own problems… But, are any of us able to do everything on our own, is this a realistic expectation in today’s world. From cleaners, to IT specialists, and doctors, there are somethings we don’t have expertise in and are unable to do.
My first session at a psychologist, as a client what can I expect?
Actually getting to and attending your first session with a psychologist is the first step in dealing with which ever problem you are facing. If the reasons you are attending are very personal in nature, anxiety, uncertainty, and vulnerability would often times accompany the visit. Clients have often described the experiences as feeling “weird” or out of place, or feeling judged by others that see them at or going into the Psychologist’s office. The most important thing to remember is that this professional has a vested interest in seeing your life happy and healthy, and assisting you to achieve this.
Couples therapy, how does it work?
All relationships will at times experience distress and conflict. If you feel you want to see a professional to assist, there could be questions that you may have. Some common misconceptions exist about couples’ therapy, which can at times prevent people from seeking assistance. Often times difficulties in relationships stem from communication problems or barriers, which result in conflict never being dealt with.
Whichever the case, your partner needs not go with you to such sessions, there could be various reasons for this. Change can be achieved on your own, and at times having your partner with you could stagnate the progress, especially if differences are quarrelled over constantly. However, at other times progress could be achieved faster with your partner present, but your therapist will be able to gauge this as the therapeutic process develops.
I am uncertain of which career path I want to pursue, how can psychology assist me?
Psychometric testing is a large part of psychology, and is relevant to almost everyone. During your teenage years, early adulthood, or through almost every life stage the need could arise to get to know yourself better. This is exactly what psychometrics aim to achieve.
Standards psychometric tests that are currently employed by psychological counsellors and psychologists in Namibia generally include a personality tests, aptitude tests, and interest tests. These tests in conjunction with face to face interviews will most likely serve the purpose of giving you more information about yourself. These inter-supportive tests do not attempt to limit you, but rather point you to the position where your personal interests, abilities, and way of looking at the world intersect.
My child needs school readiness testing, what do I need to know?
School readiness testing is an essential part of your child’s development. These tests are conducted by psychologists or psychological counsellors to determine if your child is on the socio-emotional and cognitive developmental stages appropriate for their age. These tests do not serve to judge your child, but rather to verify that everything is on track (developmentally), and that they will be able to cope in school.
Should your child not score well in some areas, the professional will make recommendations to ensure you are informed of what skills and techniques can be employed to remedy the situation, or at the very least to refer you to another professional that would be more suited to fulfil your requirements.
What is the Health Professions Council of Namibia (HPCNA)?
The Health Professions Council of Namibia is the registration authority for all recognised professions relating to health in Namibia. Their main objective is to protect the public from unskilled and unlicensed “professionals”, or those that show gross negligence. Additionally, the HPCNA initiate rules and regulations, and laws that bring order to the various helping professions in Namibia.
Should any member of the public feel violated against by a health professional, they are encouraged to contact the Health Professions Council of Namibia (+264 61 245 586) and follow the procedures to lodge a complaint.
I am a new Psychological Counsellor/ Psychologist in Namibia, how do I register to practice?
To practice Psychology in Namibia you will need to be register with the Health Professions Council of Namibia. You will need to contact the Social work and Psychology council through the HPCNA at +264 61 245 586, or visit the council’s website (http://www.hpcna.com/index.php/councils/social-psychology-council/13-councils/social-work-and-psychologycouncil-of-namibia) to get more information as each person’s situation could be a bit different.
The registration will depend on your qualifications, as registering as a psychological counsellor requires an honours degree in psychology in most cases, while registration as a Clinical or Education Psychologist requires a minimum of a MA degree. Depending on your situation, you will likely need to attend a pre-assessment to determine if you may be allowed to register as an intern. Once cleared you will need to do an internship for 6 months full-time (Psychological Counsellor) or 12 months full-time (Clinical Psychologist). Once you have completed your internship and handed in your “intern log book” you will be required to complete an evaluation. This board evaluation will then determine if you will get registered to practice psychology in Namibia, depending on your registration category and scope of practice.