Volunteering: possible participation of psychology students



This article describes projects of the association of students majoring in psychology, who do volunteer work. It outlines the role of the experience of free psychologcal and educational assistance in professional development of psychology students and possible use of reflective active approach in this work. The article also addresses the issue o f the value of volunteer work for developing professionally important qualities for specialists in social sphere and professional self-determination of psychology students. The article may be of interest to specialists, who organize volunteer student organizations, as well as leaders of social organizations and those organizations, where psychologists-volunteers work.

General Information

Keywords: volunteering, students volunteer work, psychologist-volunteer, reflective-active approach, children with special needs and disabilities, learning difficulties.

Journal rubric: Debut

Article type: essay

For citation: Efremova E. Volunteering: possible participation of psychology students. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2013. Vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 226–234. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena Efremova, Assistant professor at Clinical psychology and psychotherapy department, Psychological counceling faculty, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: efremova_e_s@mail.ru



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