Students from the American University of Kuwait (AUK) visited the Kuwait Centre for Mental Health (KCMH) and toured the facilities as part of a field trip organized by Dr. Juliet Dinkha, Associate Professor of Psychology. The purpose of the trip was to give the students an opportunity to learn about mental disorders in Kuwait, as well as their treatments.
The students toured three units of the Centre; the Forensic Unit, the Children's Unit (Almanara), and the hospital.
The tour of the Forensic Unit was conducted by Dr. Abdulmohsen Alhumoud, the Forensic Psychiatrist at KCMH, while the tours of Almanara and the hospital were led by Mr. Mohammed Almosawi, Clinical Technician at KCMH. From the tour guides, the students learned about the types of cases each unit caters to and how the patients are treated depending on their conditions, as based on extensive assessments and evaluations.
While touring the hospital, the students visited the Sleep Therapy Centre where sleep disorders are diagnosed, and they learned about the relationship between sleep disorders and psychological disorders.
Dr. Mohammed included a lecture to the students as part of the hospital tour. In it, he provided an overview of KCMH and the cases typically admitted to the hospital and the protocol the hospital follows. He also touched on the subject of addiction and explained how people become addicted, the mentality behind addiction, and the recovery process and what it entails.
"The students were provided with information that is not in their textbook. They made connections to materials discussed in the class and real life exposure. This was the most thought provoking, challenging trip ever," explained Dr. Dinkha.
Images from the event
Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 15th March 2017