The Public Relations of the Faculty of Psychology – After opening an international internship program called the RMIT Psychology Intensive Program, which took place on August 24, 2022, the next series of main activities will continue until September 1, 2022.

On August 30, 2022, students from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and students from the Faculty of Psychology, Padjadjaran University (Fapsi Unpad), arrived at NuArt Sculpture Park at 13.00 WIB / 16.00 AEST and toured until 14.00 WIB / 17.00 AEST. After leaving NuArt Sculpture Park, the students, accompanied by lecturers, continued their journey to the Psychological Innovation Center, Padjadjaran University (PIP Unpad). There, they studied Art Therapy with Ms. Ardhana Riswarie.

Visit NuArt Sculpture Park. [Photo: The Public Relations of the Faculty of Psychology, Padjadjaran University]

Visit Psychological Innovation Center, Padjadjaran University. [Photo: The Public Relations of the Faculty of Psychology, Padjadjaran University]

The next day, on August 31, 2022, students from RMIT and Fapsi Unpad participated in small group discussions, which meant students worked in groups to prepare presentations on September 1, 2022. Furthermore, the students also took part in rehearsals for seminars, which were held the next day.

On Thursday, September 1, 2022, students from RMIT and Fapsi Unpad began to come to Kandaga, Padjadjaran University, at 09.30 WIB/12.30 AEST. There, they participated in presentations and seminars, which were carried out in a hybrid way, offline on the 4th Floor of Kandaga and online at Zoom Meeting. The presentations (symposium) took place from 10.00-11.30 WIB/13.00-14.30 AEST, followed by lunch and seminar sessions filled with experts from Unpad & RMIT. The presentations delivered by the students were the results of the mini research they did while participating in this program.

Although the main event on September 1, 2022, was presentations and seminars, before the event, the master of the ceremony named, Fitri Ariyani, opened this event by providing an opportunity for Mr. Fredrick Dermawan Purba, M.Psi., Ph.D., a psychologist, to gave a speech which contained gratitude and hopes that the relationship between RMIT and Padjadjaran University can continue to be well established. Mr. Fredrick also briefly summarized all the activities of the RMIT Psychology Intensive Program that had been going on for the past two weeks and explained the description of the event that the students would participate in on Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Speech from Mr. Fredrick Dermawan Purba, M.Psi., Ph.D., Psychologist. [Photo: The Public Relations of the Faculty of Psychology, Padjadjaran University]

After the remarks from Mr. Fredrick, the following speech was given through a Zoom Meeting by the Head of the Unpad International Office, namely Mr. Ronny Lesmana, dr., M.Kes., AIFO, Ph.D. Then the event continued with a group photo and an after-movie screening of activities for two weeks. After that, the group presentations started, with each group given 20 minutes to present their mini research on the topic “Covid-19 Pandemic in Indonesia and Australia”. This presentation discussed life during and after the pandemic in respondents with different stages of development in each group, including different approaches. After the group finished its presentation, a question and answer session was opened, which was generally filled with questions from Unpad lecturers to students. When the question and answer session ended, the next event was a lunch break, then seminars on the topic “Post-Pandemic Mental Health: Indonesian & Australian Perspective.” The first seminar was entitled “Child mental health post the COVID-19 pandemic” and was presented by an RMIT lecturer, Ms. Dr. Tara Quinlivan.

Meanwhile, the second seminar was presented by an Unpad lecturer, Ms. Witriani, M.Psi., Ed.S., with the title “Cultivating the habit: Road to happiness.” In her presentation, Ms. Witri discussed the comparative picture of the pandemic condition and mental health in Indonesia and Australia, also the topic of happiness and individual adjustment during and after the Covid-19 Pandemic. These two seminars ended at 16.00 WIB/19.00 AEST but were continued with a question and answer session and the event’s closing from the Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Padjadjaran University, namely Mrs. Zahrotur Rusyda Hinduan, MOP., Ph.D., Psychologist. In the closing session, the Dean thanked the seminar speakers and gave certificates to RMIT students (represented by Brianna) and Unpad (represented by Jocelyn). Next, the students were asked to summarize the program they had participated in for the past two weeks. From RMIT, Dyxi, and Unpad, Nadiena was the representative who provided the summary. In addition to the summary, Dyxi and Nadiena also conveyed their impressions and messages on this international internship program. According to them, this program benefits their future career and self-development. The event then closed with a group photo.

Group Presentation Activities [Photo: The Public Relations of the Faculty of Psychology, Padjadjaran University].

In an interview with one of the Fapsi Unpad students who participated in this international internship, Martha Amelia Widijanto (class of 2019), she conveyed a message to other Fapsi Unpad students who were interested in this program that the opportunity to take part in this international internship was exciting. Martha and other students feel many lessons from this program, such as learning to communicate, getting to know different cultures and other benefits that are also important for careers and individual self-development.