Shafa

healing the feeling by feeling the healing

Friday, April 4, 2014

AMBUJ (TRAINEE PSYCHOLOGIST) shared his experiences in Shafa….

My time here at Shafa Home has been very enriching. What I started as my course requirement went on to become a valuable experience for me.

              My internship was for around one month, first week was for observation, which was really intense and kind of eye opener for me. Then I started taking case histories, but during this course, I committed a mistake, I started building some kind of an emotional
bond with the residents. In some ways, I started feeling sorry for them. I learnt not to create any emotional bonds with my clients. A big lesson for me. Also I developed interviewing skills, though with constant guidance and support from all the staff present in Shafa.


                      Through various psychological tests example SCT, MAST, Sentence Completion, ASI etc. I was able to gather information on every client in my case-load about what is going on in his mind, about his feelings in treatment, about his expectations from treatment and what he has gone through.
                 Staff at Shafa has been very helpful; they were just like guides and elder brothers to me. I do not know whether I took them as seriously as they took me. At times I felt helpless, hopeless in taking case history and conducting tests (How to help client, relieve their pain, sufferings…). But later came to know about the role of a counselor, that he can’t be a magician. There was so much to learn in sessions.

I do not know whether I helped my clients or not, but I really felt touched by them. It has been like a second family now.

                Like all other good thing Internship is also coming to end. Thank You all at Shafa Home for your support, especially Director Sir for granting me this opportunity…


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Happiness Comes Knocking At The Door

Life is full of expectations, hope and celebrations. “Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude with your loved ones…”
  Now at Shafa even the families make it a point to be with their loved ones, like the family of Ashish Charles, gathered together from different parts like father travelled all the way from abroad, mother came from Rishikesh and wife from Delhi. They made no bones about the distance and the weather in celebrating the Sixth Marriage Anniversary.
          His mother & father shared the change which they have noticed in Ashish that how keen, excited and happy he looks to celebrate the occasion with them. Where in past they hardly got together and at times he (Ashish) used to be in such inebriate condition that they used to avoid involving him in the family occasions. Also, today the family showed their gratitude towards Shafa for cherishing this moment, which they lacked in their past life.
                                       Ashish during his sharing Quoted “I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance”, by saying just these two lines he said everything…
                                And to end, one of our counselor Mr. Balbir Singh Quoted “Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it”.

                        A true happiness could be seen in the eyes of his wife and parents, as the photographs speak for themselves….  





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