Psychology student ambitious
A UNIVERSITY of the Sunshine Coast Psychology student, who has always wanted to help people, is already achieving this through his work in three communities – Gympie, Mountain Creek and on campus at Sippy Downs.
Chris Martin, 24, is juggling part-time jobs and part-time study to gain his Master of Psychology and become a clinical psychologist.
The Sippy Downs resident is expected to be one of USC’s first graduates from its new Master program next year.
He gained the paid Gympie job in April during an internship as part of his university studies.
Chris and a fellow USC Master student were interns at Gympie Mental Health Service when they were hired to job-share a full-time temporary vacancy.
Chris stayed on after the role was extended, working full-time during the University semester break, and now working there two days a week.
“I can do frontline operations and paperwork,” he said. “I’m helping case-manage clients to ensure they’re heading towards recovery.
“I’m involved in ensuring they’re aware of how to cope with their illness, keep up with appointments, engage with the service, and have future direction.”
Chris is also completing an industry placement at the Community Care Unit at Mountain Creek, while working at USC in research and as a tutor in Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology.
“The research led by Dr Samantha Clarke and Professor Mary Katsikitis is looking at the role of mentoring first-year students to boost retention and their satisfaction with the University,” he said.
He said the range of experience would be a great asset after graduation.
“It almost doesn’t feel like work because I enjoy this field so much,” he said.
Professor Katsikitis said USC was proud to offer opportunities to students to broaden their scientist-practitioner outlook.
“Chris is an excellent example because he’s been able to apply what he’s learning to all his external activities as well as giving something back by working at the University,” she said.
For more details about USC’s Psychology degrees, come along to the University’s Open Day from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 15 August.