70 high school students got “Psyched OUT” at DISTED’s Psychology Workshop

The DISTED School of Psychology kicked off its inaugural psychology outreach event aptly named “Your Brilliant Mind, Let it Shine!” on 28th April 2018. This practical workshop and exhibition offers, secondary school students, and their friends and family a front-seat to explore the world of psychology, career pathways, and to participate in many interactive activities utilising the many concepts of psychology.

The psychology outreach event took place at the DISTED YCE Heritage Campus, Penang, with some 70 students from various secondary schools in the Northern Region participating in this event. Participants will be enlightened by guest speakers Ms. Sherine Ann Selvarajah, Consultant Child Developmental Psychologist from Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang, Dr Prihadi Kususanto, Forensic Psychology lecturer from HELP University and Ms Silviana Bonadei, Special Educator from 2-way Centre Penang respectively.

“We have designed fun and interactive station games for students to participate in. These games act as a medium for them to understand how psychology touches on every aspect of their lives,” Ms Soo Hoo Pei Ying, programme coordinator of School of Psychology said.

The station games are designed based on 3 adolescent issues mainly Emotional Management, Self-Identification and Memory – Attention. Each station game is designed specifically to tap into the inner-self of each student and for them to understand certain psychological aspects of themselves. One such game which is the Memory-Attention game helps students to be aware of their own cognitive functioning and thus helps to increase their memory attention.  This workshop will definitely help to nurture young healthy minds amongst the community, further explained by Ms Soo Hoo Pei Ying.

An exhibition on various psychological topics was set up to further create an understanding on the talks that were presented earlier. This gives an opportunity for participants and patrons to understand how psychology affects our way of life in some aspects.

Mr. Andy Tai, Head of Marketing & Communications at DISTED, officiated and welcomed students and teachers to the outreach event.  He was encouraged by the high attendance and enthusiasm shown by students and their family members.  He believed that through this outreach event, students will be treated to an eye-opening experience that allows them to explore their personal psychological environment. This, he hoped, will lead students to take up further studies and career in the field of psychology.