Shropshire-based clinical psychologist Damon Mason has been sharing his expertise in Myanmar (formerly Burma).
Damon, who works for South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT), was invited to visit her Myanmar homeland by psychiatrist colleague Dr Nwè Thein.
They travelled to Yangon where Damon met fellow mental health professionals and discussed the role of a clinical psychologist. He provided a workshop on some of the approaches he uses in his job as a dementia psychologist and presented at the 3rd Biennial Myanmar Neurological Conference. During the visit Damon was also able to make contact with U Ohn Hlaing, a retired clinical psychologist who trained in Liverpool and is now one of the few private clinical psychologists in the country, and Dr Nilar Kyu, the Head of Psychology at the University of Yangon.
Damon says “Psychology is still a discipline very much in its infancy in Myanmar but it was delightful to be so well received by a charming and engaged audience”.
Following the success of the visit Damon will be working to foster further links between psychologists in Myanmar and the British Psychological Society and hopes to return to Myanmar in the autumn.
He is also aiming to support MindtoMindMyanmar (www.mindtomind.org) which is a charity contributing to improving the mental health sector in Myanmar and will (hopefully) be completing the 22 mile annual Bridgnorth Lions Walk on 29 May 2017.