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25 October 2012
International exchange student makes positive impact on mental health care in the local community.
The benefits of international student exchange schemes have long been recognised. One of the latest students to benefit from the Erasmus exchange scheme is Tatjana Bosnack from Cologne University in Germany.
Tatjana is a Social Work student who came to LJMU in March for a six month placement based at Mersey Care in the Early Intervention Service at Mossley Hill Hospital.
During her time here, Tatjana made quite an impact on the local community and developed her skill set more than she could have ever imagined. Through her placement, she became involved with Mersey Care and Everton in the Community’s mental health programme and football league, 'Imagine Your Goals'. Tatjana joined the group and acted as translator on their annual cultural exchange trip to Germany, where the team took place in a tournament for the Tohus Cup.
Whilst on the trip she organised a unique video diary which was produced by the group and premiered at Goodison Park in the summer. Some of the issues raised by the Everton in The Community squad included tackling the stigma associated with mental health and demonstrating the wider benefits of taking part in the cultural exchange.
Tatjana also spoke at a local seminar on International Social Work which was hosted by LJMU in March. She shared her experience in Mental Health care from her perspective as a Social Work student in Cologne.
Chris Murphy, Tatjana's work supervisor at Mersey Care said:
"Tatjana was a pleasure to work with. There is a great diversity when working with Erasmus students and I look forward to further joint working with LJMU."
Tatjana's impact has been widely recognised and she has been nominated for a Positive Achievement Award at Mersey Care's Annual Awards. The awards reward and thank staff, service users, carers and other individuals for their work in mental health and learning disability care.
Tatjana said of the experience:
"I'm glad that I had the opportunity to go to Liverpool for my practical placement. Erasmus and LJMU made this possible. I had the opportunity to hold professional presentations, organise projects and work with people with mental health disorders. Through international experience I could improve my professional skills and build up my professional identity as a social worker. I've got new ideas and new thinking for German social work and I hope I left some new ideas from Germany in the UK."