I did intakes and interviewed prisoners about their attitude
towards their crimes and prison time. In the beginning it was quite
hard, the offenders did not really like to talk about their crimes
and many rejected counselling, but as time went on it became easier
and I really liked it, so I decided to apply for the master.
The master is interesting. Next to theory courses, we also had a
lot of practical seminars. There was a professional actor who would
play offenders. We would interview him in front of the class.
Afterwards we got feedback from the teacher and classmates. It was
really great to work with him and after each session I had the
feeling I was better prepared for the job.
Now I am finishing my thesis (which is only 11 credits) and I am
about to start my internship (19 credits). This time I will not
work with offenders, but with people who lived through terrible
experiences. I am going to work at the psychiatry department of a
military hospital, with many patients being soldiers suffering from
PTSD, but also civilian patients and victims of crime. I am very
excited but I feel quite prepared after the master. Of course, I am
going to make mistakes, but that is okay; I will learn a lot.
A great thing about this master was the small amount of
students, only 23. Everyone knew everyone, also the teachers knew
everyone by name. There was a great atmosphere, I made friends and
the teachers were very good. We also had guest lectures from
experts in the field, for example from a psychotherapist who worked
in the forensic field for more than 10 years. It was very
interesting to listen to them, because they knew what they were
Martin Kansy, (Bonn, Germany)