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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology:

Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad 

  • Courses meet on campus or online, culminating in travel typically over school breaks​

  • In-country portion of program is typically 2 weeks and occasionally up to one month

  • All programs are led by TCSPP faculty focusing on international aspects of psychology

Click here to fill ​out the Study Abroad Application

​NOTE:  This is NOT a Field Experience trip or part of the IP or MPH program

International Programs and Services
international@thechicagoschool.edu
TCSPP Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad

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Now accepting applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2016!

Important information to read before you apply:​

Interested in a life-changing experience? Study Abroad is an excellent way to expand your experience, mind and education. At TCSPP, we offer study abroad experiences that are uniquely tailored to our students: 

  • Semester long classes at your TCSPP campus or online that meet at your local campus or online and travel during school breaks  
  • Time outside of country usually between 10 and 15 days during term break  
  • Faculty-Led programs focused on research and topics in the field of psychology

Eligibility Requirements

All TCSPP students in Active status during the term when a program is offered are eligible to apply.  All applications must meet the following at the time of application submission and review:

  • Online application is complete

  • Student is in good academic and conduct standing with TCSPP

  • Student does not face pending or active review with SAC

  • Student does not have billing holds at TCSPP

  • Must agree to the students rights and responsibility agreement (this is included in the application)

Application Criteria: Typically Faculty accept students into their program on a first come, first serve basis. However, it is at the faculty’s discretion to also consider factors such as:

  • Course or Degree Requirements

  • Campus: If program is an online program, the faculty may choose to allot spaces for each campuses

  • Degree Progress

  • Academic and Professional Fit: This can be based on essay, Grade Point Average, interview, etc.

  • Essay review or Interview or both

  • Final selection is at the discretion of the faculty lead and the student’s Department Chair

Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations should consult the TCSPP handbook for information regarding how to make a request for accommodation. Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate party listed in the student handbook prior to applying for a program and are likewise encouraged to submit any request for accommodation as soon as possible after receiving notification of acceptance to a program.

Notification and Waitlists: Applicants will be notified via e-mail shortly after they apply to confirm that they wish to be enrolled in the course, if they will be placed on a waitlist, or if they do not meet eligibility requirements. If you are selected and decide not to participate, you must send an email to IPS before the end of the add/drop period in which the term the course is listed (on-ground calendar), otherwise you will be held responsible for the study abroad program fee.  If you are offered a spot and do not take it, but later reconsider, you can be added back onto the waitlist. If you are added to the waitlist, IPS will email you at your TCSPP email address to inquire if you want to take the spot. We will give you typically 48 hours or a specific time to respond, and if you do not, we will move on to the next person on the waitlist. Once you are placed in a program we will remove your name from other program lists  if you have applied for more than one program.

Course Registration and Student Responsibility:  Upon acceptance, you will be registered for the study abroad course by IPS. After the last day of add/drop period in which the course is held, all fees for student abroad are non-refundable.  Upon acceptance and prior to departure you must participate in the Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation and complete the TCSPP International Travel Registration (ITR) as a requirement prior to travel. Failure to complete these requirement will result in failing the course and not being permitted to participate in the overseas portion of the program.  You will be also responsible to prepare your travel documents for your travel, such as Passport, Visa if needed, Immunization/Vaccine if required by the destination country...

Credit for Study Abroad: Before applying for the course, you must meet with your Department Chair or Academic Advisor to determine how you may receive credit for a study abroad course. You may receive credit to satisfy a degree requirement, elective credit, or you may be welcomed to enroll in study abroad, but it may not count as credit towards your degree. Confirm this before you apply! You can fill out a petition by completing the Course Substitution Petition​​​ before you apply to confirm how your credit will apply to your program.  Please be aware that if it cannot be counted towards your degree requirement, you are still welcome to apply, but you might not be eligible for Financial Aid and the Supplemental Aid to support your program.

What Does Program Fee usually Cover? Can I afford to Study Abroad?: The Study Abroad Program Fee coverage is different from program to program and covers some, but not all expenses.  It usually covers in-country lodging during the program, some meals, some in-country transportation, Supplemental Travel Insurance including Emergency & Evacuation, all program scheduled events and activities.  You are responsible for tuition (the same as you pay for any other courses at TCSPP), the study abroad program fee, airfare, passport fee, visa if needed, vaccination fees if applicable, etc. You may be eligible for aid to cover the cost of some study abroad expenses. Contact your financial aid advisor prior to applying to see if you are eligible for aid and how your aid may be dispersed. Also see additional aid information on our Resources Page.

Program Cancelation:  Friday before each term starts (On-Ground Calendar) is the decision deadline for IPS to decide which programs can proceed based on the minimum enrollment requirement.  Each program must have minimum 8 enrollment in order to proceed.  If a program has to be cancelled, IPS will email all applicants, so you still have time to register for another course before the Last Day of Add/Drop if you have to maintain a full time enrollment.  If the program is moving forward, we will email you as well with next step information.  ​​

When to Apply:​ 2016

All Study Abroad Courses follow the On-Ground Academic Calendar

Semester/Term

First Day to Apply

First Day IPS will register students

​*Last Day to Apply-

Friday before classes start

​​First Day of Classes

​Summer I ​2/1/2016 ​3/14/2016 ​5/6/2016 ​5/9/20​16
​Summer II ​2/1/2016 ​3/14/2016 ​5/6/2016 ​7/5/2016
​Fall/Fall I ​2/1/2016 ​6/13/2016 ​8/26/2016 ​8/29/2016
​Fall II ​2/1/2016 ​6/13/2016 8/26/2016 ​10/24/2016​


When to Apply:​ 2017

All Study Abroad Courses follow the On-Ground Academic Calendar

​Semester/Term

​First Day to Apply

​First Day IPS will register students

​*Last Day to Apply-

Friday before classes start

​​First Day of Classes

Spring/Spring I​ ​2/1/2016 ​10/31/2016 ​1/6/2017 ​1/9/2017
​Spring II ​2/1/2016 10/31/2016 ​1/6/2017 ​3/6/2017​


*If course reaches minimum enrollment by this date, may be able to accept students through add/drop until course reaches maximum capacity. If course is under enrolled by this date, course is cancelled and students are notified via TCSPP email.​

 

International Programs and Services

international@thechicagoschool.edu
TCSPP Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad
Spring 2013


 
 Click here to apply!
International Programs and Services

international@thechicagoschool.edu
TCSPP Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad
Spring 2013


 
 Click here to apply!

 Study Abroad Programs

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Study Abroad Programs


All programs require registration in the designated course. Upon a complete application and review, IPS will contact you to confirm your interest and will register you in the corresponding course. The Study Abroad Program Fee covers some, but not all expenses, which can include in-country transportation, lodging, meals, etc. You are responsible for tuition, the study abroad program fee, airfare, passport fees, vaccination fees, etc. Faculty Leads for some programs have provided breakdowns, see below. If you are looking for further cost breakdown or course related information, please contact the Faculty Lead. For all other questions, please contact studyabroad@thechicagoschool.edu.​

Click on the following links for more information
NOTE:  This is NOT a Field Experience trip or part of the IP or MPH program 


Fall 2016​

TCSPP All Campus Offerings:

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Italy: IS610AB Power of One: Cross-Cultural Issues in Psychology​​​​

Cross-School Offering: Interdisplinary Course​​
Participating Affiliated Schools: Pacific Oaks, Saybrook Universities & Colleges of Laws, Dallas Nursing Institute
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Brazil: PC/PY543 Advanced Play Therapy Across Cultures​​​





Cross-School Offering: ​​
Participating Affiliated Schools: TCSPP & Saybrook University

Austria 2017:IS600B Global Networking & Cultural Intelligence in Context:  Examination in Austria


Information Coming Soon for the Following Programs​:

Summer 2017

TCSPP All Campus Offerings:

The Gambia: IS610AA Power of One - The Gambia; Led by Dr. Nancy Pe​ddle & Vickie Browne​

Peru: ​PB624 Special Topics - Lima, Peru; Led by Dr. Maria Malayter

South Africa: I​​​​​​​S610 Power of One - South Africa; Led by Dr. Kelly Moore Torres & Dr. Lord Giddie​


Fall 2017

TCSPP All Ca​mpus Offerings:

Cuba: ​IS610 Power of One -Cuba; Led by Dr. Eliabeth Schwab & Dr. Julie Benesh

Denmark: ​IS610 Power of One - Denmark; Led by Dr. Robyn Catagnus

Hong Kong: ​IS610AH Power of One - Hong Kong; Led by Dr. Breeda McGrath & Vivian Tran

Indonesia: ​IS610 Power of One - Indonesia; Led by Dr. Brian Lu​hmann & Crystal Ishihara

Zambia: IS610B Power of One - Zambia; Led by ​Dr. Stephanie Milz


TCSPP Irvine/Los Angeles Campus Offerings:

​Czech Republic & Poland: ​PP684 Existentialism and Human Resiliency; ​​Led by Dr. Laura Brodie 


Spring 2018

TCSPP All Ca​mpus Offerings:

Cuba: IS610 Power of One - Cuba; Led by Dr. Nancy Zarse & Vickie Browne

South Africa: AB547A Professional Ethics and Issues: Solutions to Social Problems; Led by Dr. Robyn Catagnus​​ & Prof. Elizabeth Fong

Switzerland:​ IS610AK Power of One-Switzerland; Led by Dr. Melody Bacon & Prof. Ron Bacon


TCSPP Chicago Campus Offerings:

Israel: FO643A Psychology in an International Context: Forensic Aspects of Israel​​​​​; 

​Led by Dr. Nancy Zarse

South Africa: ​​PC/PY563​Trauma, Healing, and Reconciliation; 
Led by Dr. Kristin Kenefick & Dr. Jo​​n Ross​

 Handbook & Resources

 

Handbook and Resources


 

Handbook for Students Traveling Abroad​​

Supplemental Financial Aid to support your Travel​ Abroad program

Do I need a visa?​

All students who will be travelling abroad should read the Department of State's Country Information Sheet for their destination. This information sheet will provide you the most accurate and current information regarding visas and travel conditions.

Study Abroad/Field Experience Travel Insurance: 

All TCSPP-sponsored student abroad programs are required to enroll all participants in our school's plan. This supplemental plan covers sponsored faculty and students while they are in their program with additional coverage of a student or faculty's regular health insurance plan with special insurance for travel. Please note that all inquiries and assistance with claims must be handled directly through their insurance carrier and TCSPP and International Programs and Services do not manage any insurance claims or reimbursements.

Deviation Coverage Request Email Template ​- Please be aware of that you will be responsible for the extra cost for any deviation coverage outside the period of the program

Deviation Coverage Request Email Template – Study Abroa​dPlease be aware that you are responsible for the extra cost of the deviation coverage for extra dates outside the program traveling dates

Deviation Coverage Request Email Template – Field Experience​​ - Please be aware of that you are responsible for the extra cost of the deviation coverage for extra dates outside the program traveling dates

Emergency Service Instructions

Claim Form 

Claim Instructions

Helpful Links for Travelers:​

U.S. State Department ​
Currency Conversions
U.S. Postal Service
Centers for Disease Control: Health Information listed by country, and vaccination and immunization requirements
Embassies and Consulates of the World: Directory and search engine of every nation's embassies
Mobility International: Information on international exchange for people with disabilities
LGBTQ Links: Resources for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered international student community and study abroad students
Electricit​y Voltage and Outlet Information
Cell Phone Tips 


Travel Guides:​

World Electricity Guide

https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/world-electricity-guide.html​​

Tools and Advice for International Travelers​

http://myworldabroad.com/Free-Go-Abroad-Advice

Destinations, Tips, Insurance, Bookings and more

http://www.lonelyplanet.com

Publisher of Travel and Reference Information

http://www.roughguides.com

Expert Travel Advice for International Trip

http://www.fodors.com


Pre-Departure Workshop: Health & Safety

 Required Travel Forms

 

Required Travel Forms


International Travel Registration requires you to have a passport, itinerary, emergency contact, medical and  accommodation information. You may log in as many times as you wish to provide the information; your profile will be saved as long as you sign the electronic signature on the form. Failure to complete the registration may result in inability to participate in your TCSPP sponsored travel program.

Study Abroad Programs Only:
International Travel Registration- must be submitted  no later than one week prior to travel unless Faculty Leader requires submission earlier.

International Field Experience Students Only:
International Travel Registration
A​ccess Abroad - Supplemental Accommodation Request for Students Traveling on TCSPP-Sponsored Int'l Programs


TIPS

  • ​You will need your Ego log in and password to access these forms. If you do not know your log in or password or need assistance with logging in or resetting your password, contact the TCSPP Help Desk at 800.747.8367 (toll free) or 312.467.8600.
  • To attach a picture of your passport: a simple way to accomplish this task is to take a picture of your passport with a smartphone, and then email the picture to yourself.  Save the picture on to your computer, and then upload the picture as an attachment in your registration. 
  • Problems attaching passport? Firefox is the recommended browser. Try completing the form in Firefox if you have problems uploading your passport.
  • Don't Forget to Click: SUBMIT! When you finish the form! The data will not be submitted unless you click: SUBMIT!​

 Study Abroad Syllabus

 

Study Abroad Syllabus

Program Syllabus Samples


Please click on the link below to access a syllabus for study abroad programs PLEASE NOTE: These are for student and departmental reference only and are sample syllabus;  information, such as semester, meeting times, vary prior to the start of the semester/term.

TCSPP Study Abroad Tentative Syllabi:
IS610: Austria​
IS610U: Bhutan
PC/PY563: Chile​
PP687: Czech Republic(2 credits) ​
IS610: France
IS610: Gambia​​​
FO611A: Greece
CC521: Guatemala
​IS610AH: Hong Kong
IS610AC: Indonesia
FO643A: 
Israel​
​IS610AB: Italy
IS610Q: Japan​​
​IS610AJ: Myanmar (Burma)
​IS610: Nicaragua
PC/PY563​: Northern Ireland​ ​
PB624: Peru
IS610: Switzerland​​
IS610A: Rwanda
IS610V: Turkey
IS610B: Zambia

Cross-School Interdisplinary Study Abroad Tentative Syllabus:

IS600:  Germany 2016 - Immigration in Context-Examination of Germany​​​​

 Global Psychology Scholars & Start Ups

Global Psychology Scholars & Start Ups

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The ​Opportunity

Do you have an idea, project, event, initiative, or research that will impact the global world of psychology, but need funding to see it come to fruition?  TCSPP is proud to kick start your efforts with resource funding.​

How It Works

  • Tell TCSPP about your idea, event, initiative or research that will impact the global world of psychology and why you need assistance from TCSPP to make it happen. 
  • A committee will review your Global Psychology Scholars & Start Ups proposal and award up to $3,000 based on creativity, feasibility, appropriate funding structures, application quality and potential to contribute to the psychology field. 
  • You will be awarded 50% of the funding the week of January 9, 2017 and to receive the remaining you will submit a deliverable by March 1, 2017. 
  • The funding will be awarded through your TCSPP student account and the award will first be applied to your outstanding balance. By applying for the full amount of federal financial aid up to your cost of attendance, your loans may be adjusted to make room for the scholarship in your cost of attendance budget. Please consult with Financial Aid (finaid@thechicagoschool.edu or 1.800.684.2890, option 1) to determine if the scholarship will impact your funding. ​

Qualifications

To be eligible for Global Psychology Scholars you must:

  • Not have previously received this scholarship
  • Submit a completed application to international@thechicagoschool.edu by the application deadline of October 1, 2016.
  • Be a TCSPP full-time student in semester that scholarship is awarded.
  • At the time of review, be in good academic and professional standing at TCSPP.
  • If your project involves a research component, then you must include your IRB approval in your application 
 

Meet Your 2016-2017 Global Psychology Scholars

Ruby Lirio, M.A. I/O Psychology. Project Overview.  The project goal is to design, develop and implement a mental health awareness training program for senior leaders, HR professionals, managers and employees in various companies in the Philippines.  The objectives of the program will be to increase awareness and reduce stigma around mental health difficulties as well as to spark dialogue on issues surrounding mental health in the country.  The long-term goal is to encourage businesses to take proactive measures to create healthier workspaces for their employees as well as to advocate for the Mental Health Act within the country.

Natalie Price, PsyD. Clinical Psychology. Project Overview.​ ​The project goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Each Amazing Breath, CIC program located in Nottinghamshire, UK.  The evaluation will involve in-person interviews from stakeholders as well as the collection of onsite data.  These in-person interviews will allow for the sharing if personal narratives which in turn will provide insight into the narrative of the community.  The big picture goal is to evaluate the strength and capacity building practices of this program within a community so that the impact of the program can be determined, in addition to the possible impacts of increased implementation of this program.       

Tsvetomilla Kachovska, PhD. Organizational Leadership. Project Overview. The project is to create a 3- to 5-minute video that will help being awareness to mindfulness practices.  Recently there has been an increase in the use of mindfulness, both clinically and publically, which has resulted in the increased use of such practices within organizations and corporations without the proper knowledge base. The goal of this video is to provide an overview of what mindfulness is, where the concept came from and how it has been utilized in various settings, the benefits of using mindfulness and various interventions.  The idea is to increase leaders understanding of what mindfulness is and what it entails so that mindfulness can be utilized for better performance.        

Meet Your 2015-2016 Global Psychology Scholars

Erin Langdo, M.A. International Psychology.  Project Overview:  The project is to create a five- minute public awareness video addressing the plight of the mentally ill as applied to incarceration rates and treatment. The video will serve as an awareness campaign piece and is an introduction to a full-length film addressing the global degradation, human rights violations, and indiscriminate incarceration of the mentally ill. The main goal is to use video and film to call attention to the need for intervention in this very serious global mental health issue. In addition, the making of this film will be helpful in learning the aspects of intervention that work within this moral framework. The production of this educational video and film might assist in changing or addressing the policymaking that contributes to the atrocities inflicted on this population in the future.

Sharon Asonganyi, PhD International Psychology. Project Overview: 
The Threads of Our Fabric (TOF) Project is an innovative life story venture that seeks to empower and support the development of young African immigrant women and girls in America, using multimedia to address the social, educational, cultural, and environmental factors that affect their quality of life. Its goal is to weave a vibrant multimedia tapestry chronicling the personal story threads of African women and girls’ immigrant experiences in America. This project utilizes three platforms for personal oral stories: 1) an “African Girl Development in the U.S.” Facebook page, Wordpress blog, and Twitter that engage a broad audience on important topics for African women and girls in America; 2) YouTube stories capture the personal and unique nature of adjusting to the American experience as told by African immigrant women; and 3) Presentations in partnership with multicultural organizations and colleges and universities engage students in diversity conversations.

Jay Burke, PsyD MFT.   Project Overview:  The project is to create a premarital education program for couples who identify as Muslim. They recognized that there is a serious lack of premarital resources available for Muslim couples, and their goal is to create a premarital education program for Muslims that can then be distributed to and utilized by clinicians or individuals who work with Muslim couples. They are currently reviewing the literature and talking with individuals about the needs for premarital education in the Muslim community, and the intention is to develop this information into a formal premarital education program for Muslim couples.

Hope England, M.A. Counseling Psychology.  Project Overview: 
This project is to provide children with acute, chronic, or terminal illness an opportunity to experience improvisational comedy as a therapeutic intervention. Humor For Hope, a soon to 501©3 non--‐profit, partners with families, caregivers, and medical staff to utilize humor as a form of healing therapy. The aim is to break down the pre-established barriers of how we process and react to illness by educating and implementing the art of improvisation through one-by-one and/or group therapy. At Humor for Hope, they believe that the human spirit is not only resilient, but that it is wired for human connection. For this reason, they have created an interactive encounter, one that enables an alternative and effective model to handling some of life's most challenging circumstances. Specifically, her idea is to implement this healing art form in children's hospitals for populations placed on isolation wards that are suffering from terminal and/or chronic illness and have little to no access to any form of engagement due to serious risk of infection. She has already began implementing this humor therapy in two hospitals and has received resounding feedback.

Cheryl Green, PhD International Psychology.  Project Overview: 
This project is to establish a global non-governmental organization (NGO) for research and capacity-building training of civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world, in full collaboration with civil society leaders within each country. Her NGO is to be called The Global Research Center on Civil Society Organizations. Her dissertation research is the first time that she is using her research and professional experiences to study civil society in another country (South Africa). My dissertation would lay the foundation for the type of work and approach the start-up NGO research center would conduct as she engages in work as an IP. She will legally set up her NGO and travel to South Africa to continue collecting data collection for her dissertation research, which, once finished, will be one example of the type of research my NGO would and could do in association with CSOs/TSOs across the world.


Meet Your 2013-2014 Global Psychology Scholars

Leslie Ellis, PhD Somatic Psychology, Southern California Project Overview:  I have developed a protocol for the treatment of PTSD-related nightmares using an experiential (focusing) approach that is showing some promise in the initial stages of my research. I am working with the Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture on a pilot study to determine the potential effect of this short-term treatment on participants' PTSD symptoms, such as the frequency and types of dreams they are having, and on their ability to think metaphorically. I plan to use a numerically-assisted phenomenological approach to analyze the data and to refine the protocol for further study. I plan to capture not only a range of possible effects of this new treatment for nightmares, but also a sense of the participants' experience with the process, with a spotlight on pivotal moments in the sessions that may be the catalyst for change.


Nidhi Trivedi, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview: 
Due to the meager resources available to individuals with a mental illness and wide-spread stigma regarding mental illnesses in India, the task of the primary caregivers of individuals with chronic mental illnesses is expected to be challenging, especially the ones who have decided to take care of their family member with a mental health illness.  Through my research, I want the voices of the primary care givers of India who have closely seen the reality of mental illnesses to be heard and the truths about their lives and of that of mental illnesses to be exposed to everyone. In addition to that, individuals in India, who have had no exposure to mental illnesses, will be surveyed regarding their knowledge about mental illness, to get an impression of their understanding of this matter. Through this initiative, I will take the first step in bringing about a change in the prevailing mentality of people in India regarding mental illnesses, and I will get the satisfaction of having brought home what I learnt at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a place that celebrates diversity and gives an opportunity to students to create a global impact. 

Jenifer White, PhD International Psychology, Online Project Overview: Humanity is a part of culture and is not separate from it; culture is part of the soul. As the soul or culture in communities is oppressed, Bosnia-Herzegovina experienced wounding by ethnic division that need healing and reconciliation. The Balkans’ offer a complex history of culture, war, survival, and religion. In taking the healing path, the global community is in need of understanding a way toward liberation and fullness of life that promotes harmonious interactions with other’s different than oneself. As a research study, understanding intergenerational trauma among Bosnian young adults, who have experienced narratives of ethnic cleansing throughout childhood and adolescence, is important for future generations in hopes of leaving the world a better place in which to grow. The strength and endurance of the Balkan region reminds humanity in the face of atrocity, a human can survive siege and move toward healing that further will impact future generations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Akanksha Dutt, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview: My education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has taught me to be present with others, and empathic to their struggles. I find that the urge to reach out, to contribute and to help people find strength in their fragility and societal limitations drives my therapeutic work. That being said, when I go back to my home country, India, I still find myself being asked about what I do, why I do it and how I do it. Being a Global Psychology Scholar entrusts me with the responsibility of working beyond the four walls of a therapy room and catering to society and the world at large. This is my way of giving back. Thus, as a Global Psychology Scholar my initiative will focus on providing outreach to students in schools (6th – 12th grade) across India. Through this outreach effort I aspire to normalize mental illness, validate the experience of those affected by it and motivate them to advocate for themselves and seek the services of a mental health clinician. I view the impact of this outreach effort as contributing to greater awareness about mental health and services and being reflective of my commitment to social justice, diversity and international psychology. 

Amanda Grace Garoutte, PhD International Psychology, Chicago Project Overview:  I am starting a nonprofit that focuses on peacebuilding in Rwanda through mental health and development initiatives. The first project of this nonprofit will focus on improving the quality of education, as research has shown school attendance as a resiliency factor. This project will help support students by helping pay school fees, and through training teachers to better work with traumatized or struggling students, and to be more effective in teaching their subject areas.


Jenna Hedglen, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago 
Project Overview: The Rwandan people have demonstrated tremendous resilience in the wake of the 1994 genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. The Children’s HOPE Club is an expressive arts intervention developed to cultivate resilience in Rwandan children who have experienced intergenerational trauma. However, community counterforces such as poverty and the culture of silence have threatened the efficacy and sustainability of programs such as the Children’s HOPE Club. My project will be focused on program development and sustainability of the Children's HOPE Club (CHC) through conducting focus groups with facilitators to assess the program needs, providing my individual support in terms of organization of expressive arts documents and written reports, and working with Dr. Masson to discuss the development of the NGO. 

Priscilla Cheng, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview:
 As a global psychology scholar, I will establish a non-profit organization to facilitate distribution of trauma-informed resources and funding for the Children’s HOPE Club at St. Famille School in Kigali, Rwanda.  The Children’s Hope Club is a trauma-informed after-school expressive arts program developed to cultivate strength and resiliency in Rwandan youth. It is a safe therapeutic space for children to express themselves and work through their experiences with the support of trained, concerned and caring teachers. Interventions that are utilized in the Children’s Hope Club include expressive arts activities such as storytelling, musical expression, poetry, artwork, comedic dramas, cognitive strengthening (i.e., memory games) and physical activation (i.e., dance, sports). The Children’s Hope Club at St. Famille has approximately 80 members between the ages of ten and 23 years. They meet every Wednesday after school for two to three hours, until the last child leaves.  

Orlando Saiz, PhD Organizational Leadership, Southern California 
Project Overview: I am creating a business plan for an artistic/multicultural themed clothing and accessory line that will be focused on much more than making profits, but will have a mission to give. For each apparel (t-shirts, hats, hoodies, etc.) and accessory (bracelets and hand-made scarves) item sold, a donation will be made to support international charity causes. All imported/handmade items will be sourced ethically, while smaller manufacturers/makers will be given preference over larger conglomerates, helping to support small businesses and local economies.
Another part of the business will be to host local events, in the form of art and music shows, or private parties, where money can be raised for charity. My plans are to give a substantial amount of the proceeds from these events to Brazilian charity organizations. My company will use a simple and straightforward message: that we are a giving company and that a donation will be made to support international charities for every purchase made. 

 Travel Photo Contest

 Travel Photo Contest​


International Travel Photo Contest 

Click here to submit a photo!

We are pleased to announce the following winners of this year's contest:​

2016 First Place Photograph

Photographer: Rachael Renteria
Study Abroad: Chile (Spring 2016)

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Caption: Towards the end of our trip; empowering one another. 

Runner Up Photographs

Photographer: Orlando Saiz
Study Abroad: Japan (Summer 2014)

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Caption: Montessori academy in Japan where we spent the day with faculty, staff and students learning about the school and program. 


Photographer: Karen Brown
Study Abroad: Rawanda (Fall 2015)

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Caption: painting on the wall of the Rwanda Genocide Museam.  The far right of the wall had no faces becasue there were too many to paint.  Instead the painting trails off and hand-prints were added to show that bodies are still being excaveted even in 2015.  


Photographer: Alexander Andrews
Study Abroad: Bali (Fall 2015)

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Caption: Walking home from school.


Photographer: Chanelle Doucette
Study Abroad: Chile (Spring 2016)

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Caption: Murals painted by community health workers (all women) to educate the community about domestic violence and other women's health concerns.  


Photographer: Laura VanWort
Study Abroad: Bali (Fall 2015)

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Caption: ​This image displays the process of reflection and finding peace which was a major part of this study abroad experience.


2015 First Place Photograph

Photographer: Jacquelyn Harlan
Study Abroad: Greece (Fall 2014)

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Runner Up Photographs

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Photographer: Alexander Andrews
Study Abroad: China (Summer 2015)

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Photo #2
Photographer: Dimitra Iliopoulous
Study Abroad: Israel (Spring 2015)

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Photo #3
Photographer: Karen Brown
Field Experience: China (Spring 2015)

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Photo #4
Photographer: Jessica Hogan
Study Abroad: Brazil (Spring 2015)

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Previous Contest Winners

2014 First Place Photograph

Photographer: Reginald Pacheco
Study Abroad: Northern Ireland (Spring 2014)

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2014 Runner Up Photographs

Photo #1
Photographer: Tracy Belle
Field Experience: Peru (Spring 2014)

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Photo #2
Photographer: Cheryl Green
Field Experience: Philippines (Fall 2013)

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Photo #3
Photographer: Sultana Karim
Study Abroad: Bhutan (Summer 2014)

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Photo #4
Photographer: Leah Spolarich
Study Abroad: Zambia (Spring 2014)

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2013 First Place Photograph

Photographer: Leanne Miller
Study Abroad: Brazil (Spring 2013)


 

2012 First Place Photograph

Photographer: Cara Timko
Study Abroad: Rwanda (Spring 2012)

 

2012 First Place Video

Videographer: Grace Garoutte
Study Abroad: Nepal (Fall 2011)
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2011 First Place Photograph

Photographer: Ashley Tullman
Study Abroad: Peru


 

"To me this photo embodies all that is my experience at Villa La Paz: The blur of the background implies the busy, hectic environment of the home, whereas the focus on young Nando's face embodies the light, energy and hope that these young orphans struggling through daily physical illness exude. Villa La Paz taught each of us the beauty of appreciating the community in which you live and the diverse offering of each individual within the blur."

-Ashley Tullman​

2011 First Place Video

Videographer: David Songco
Study Abroad: Northern Ireland

“The experience in Ireland has changed me as a student, clinician, and a person.  
I understand now the true value of relationships, the shared experience, and the importance
of working together towards a common good."

- David Songco