Well, the title is pretty self-explanatory this time!
Hello all, apparently I survived! After handing in my report I had to work on my presentation (due Tuesday), which was only 5 minutes, so it wasn’t that much of a big deal. I don’t mind presentations, I was used to giving them in my Italian school and I find the environment here far less stressful! The topic was also interesting: we were asked to list and explain the possible consequences of deleting the Asperger’s Syndrome from the DSM-V, merging it with Autism into a wider spectrum. I like this kind of questions, I think they encourage us to ponder what we’re being taught. It’s not just learning and repeating, it’s a far more engaging process! But anyway, that is done. One more report to go before Christmas break!
Apart from coursework, there’s so much else going on! I’ll soon have to book an assessment interview with Victim Support, to consolidate what I’ve learned from the training, which was very, very tiring, but absolutely worth it! I feel like my communication skills are so much better now, but just because I’ve realised how much there is to take into consideration when talking to someone who might have been through a traumatising experience! We were taught the basics of the justice system, a lot of ethics (with particular focus on confidentiality) and general communication skills, including non-verbal such as body language, which I found fascinating. But above all, it was a matter of understanding what victims may need from us, and in what ways we’re able to help them. I don’t feel like I’m ready yet, I think I should do some work shadowing before I start talking to actual victims. But I have this interview now, and I think other one or two day-courses… so I shouldn’t worry about it! For now I’ll keep an eye on my schedule and try to make everything fit in…hopefully I won’t be that busy again anytime soon! 😛