Uni students do ‘tele-placements’

War Widows NSW is supporting Western Sydney University’s 2020 Counselling and Psychotherapy postgraduate students by offering them placements.

While the seven students are delighted to have the opportunity for a workplace placement during COVID-19, the partnership offers opportunities for both parties.

For example, the students are learning about a sub-group of older people who challenge their assumptions about gender and ageing.

The students tell us that they are privileged to hear tremendous stories that exemplify both the strength and courage of a War Widow.

In a non COVID-19 situation, students would typically engage with a client face-to-face but now they have to contact their clients by phone.

Among the new skills the students are learning is communication with older people. They are also hearing more about the context of becoming a War Widow.