Tihar Jail Internship (Internship at Delhi Prisons)
Psychological First Aid to the inmates of the said prison is a first of its kind initiative in India and second in the world after Pennsylvania State Penitentiary, which adapted and implemented this kind of an intervention towards mental well-being in prison setting. PFA-P has successfully completed its one year on 16th April 2019. It has shown a tremendous reduction in suicide count in Delhi prisons. Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in an immediate aftermath of a disaster and terrorism to reduce initial distress and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. Not only coming behind bar but also working inside the bar is stressful and takes a toll on one’s mental health. The insidious prevalence of mental health disorders amongst the prison population is a challenge that needs to be addressed at the outset. We strongly felt that something needs to be done with this crisis and therefore we stepped forward with this Project.
The internship under this project provides volunteers a skilful guidance about the Psychological first Aid. The volunteers are trained in PFA-P by the facilitators to work as PFA-P Provider as well as the volunteers are trained to apply History Taking proforma (Screening tool) to assess the requirement of PFA-P respectively. Interns are allowed to have a widespread exposure in Delhi prison with inmates dealing with psychological crisis situations. In addition to this the volunteers are trained prior to their work commencement by our trained facilitators on how to proceed with the internship.
The minimum duration of the internship is 3 months which may be extended up to 9 months. The timing of the internship is 10am to 3 pm. The project is in progress and the applications are invited through Apply Now