Mental health crisis drives demand to study Psychology at URV

Psychology studies at Universitat Rovira i Virgili have never been healthier. Only half of those who want it fall into them, and the apostrophe is increasing every year. The latest test is data for this course 2022-23. Access qualification is 9.7 points. It was 7.6 in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. That year there were 160 applicants with this degree as first choice. Now the data has almost doubled to 296. 85% more.

“We usually get twice as many applications, so we fill out half,” explains Jordi Tous, Dean of URV’s School of Education and Psychology. . As a result, the number of students studying this topic in Tarragona is increasing every year: from 456 enrollments in 2019-20 to 495 this year, 8% more. “The input data is amazing. The higher the court grade already tells you what’s going on with the claim,” says Jordi Tous.

Emotional support and health

For perspective, the dean gives some keys to the explosion: “We’ve moved from psychology as a social science to being in health. More and more individuality, more problems, need for emotional support, more and more demands for personal well-being. This is linked to careers with an expectation of professional output.

Luis Heredia, professor at URV and UOC, has been detecting an increase in applications over the years: “University psychology departments are filling up fast and there is a lot of demand. It is one of the most requested races.

Qualification to enter Rovira i Virgili increased from 7.6 to 9.7 in four years

One of the main reasons for this is the clear breaking of the mental health taboo. Never before has there been so much talk about psychological ailments and illnesses, mental pathology, suffering, anxiety; and even suicides. Admitting that you’re going to a psychologist is no longer welcome. «There have been awareness and training activities on mental health, well-being, improving quality of life, learning to better manage family relationships among young people. This is also seen in older people who came and were brought up with a different mentality,” Heredia says.

The two-and-a-half-year-old Covid factor plays a key role in the equation. “The pandemic has been a definite boost. The curfews have resulted in an increase in therapeutic care. We also see autolytic behaviors that we did not perceive before at a very early age. And many people with anxiety disorders are very confused. So much so that the private psychologist sometimes looks like a primary care doctor because their agenda is full and it’s hard to find a place,” says Heredia.

Most requested third degree

Psychology is the third most requested degree in Rovira i Virgili, behind Medicine and Nursing. ‘Employment and University Education in Psychology’ study prepared by HERE in Catalonia, The institution, which evaluates the quality of the university system, takes radiographs of these studies.

“There’s a mismatch: most focus on clinical psychology and there are missed opportunities,” explains Jordi Tous, dean of URV’s School of Educational Sciences and Psychology.

Some of the consequences: demand “significantly” exceeds supply, eight out of ten enrolled students are women, and most worryingly, there is “a graduate supply surplus that is difficult to absorb by the job market.”

Despite the rise in mental needs, finding a job in clinical psychology after studying does not seem easy, despite the fact that many young psychologists dream of the iconic role of attending consultations. The study points to “the mismatch between college education and professional practice in psychology.”

“There is a demand for improved quality of life and well-being,” diagnoses Luis Heredia, professor at the URV and UOC

Dean Jordi Tous points out the same idea: “We find a large number of students all gravitating towards the same specialty, clinical psychology. There are many other outlets linked to human resources, legal practice, forensics, sports psychology, mediation or the emerging fields of social psychology or community intervention».

“A multilateral idea”

Tous cites an obvious “misalignment”: “On the one hand, we are happy that they are in-demand work, and on the other, we want to give them continuity in the labor market. Many students already come with a very preconceived notion about one type of job and no longer see other expectations. Profile is good We do not aim.

For Tous, “If 2,000 professionals a year enter the market in Catalonia, if they all go to one specialty, that’s too many people.” The report adds that although graduates are satisfied with the education they received at university, they “tend to work in lower-quality jobs.”

“There is a surplus of graduates that is difficult to assimilate by the labor market”, pointing to the study ‘Ocupabilitat i formació universitària en Psicologia’

“There are many psychologists who value their careers highly, but who are not new to the market, who do not exercise,” Tous says. Or, to put it another way, the professional aspiration to help others from the couch faces high competition: “The more graduates there are, the lower prices are, which makes them live a worse life. There are other areas to explore that will make the graduate more stable and in better conditions».

“A few places in public”

Jordi Tous admits that “other opportunities are wasted” as an alternative to the proliferation of professionals who don the mental emergency glove to get their projects done: primary school, but most Sometimes you have to start your own business. And this is not easy. Either you’re great, or you’ve been there for years, or you’re doing something very special. Otherwise, it is difficult to move forward. That’s why we give talks and conferences to explain that there are other professional opportunities».

The AQU Catalunya research focuses on this additive gap: “People working in the clinical field have a lower average salary (1.336 euros), about 500 less than those working in the organizational field (1852”). In contrast, stability in contracts is among psychologists who have just graduated from the class. It is less common (43.1%) compared to the general Catalan university system (56.3%).

To establish a center with 20 employees from graduation

Miriam Recio completed her training at URV in 2012. «At that time, I couldn’t see where I could go, and in 2015 I decided to set up the centre. So there was still a lot of taboo and it was difficult for me to start. Before the pandemic, the situation began to change: «We started to see more demand and grow. We’ve seen it start to give more visibility. It was important that the people involved said they were going to a psychologist and it was very helpful. Something that is even starting to become fashionable ».

Recio was forming the Psicoedúcate center in Vila-seca, where there were about 20 professionals involved in psychotherapy for couples, children or nutrition, as director. He is responsible for Ananda García, a URV-trained psycho-nutritionist. He finished in 2015. “We love the concept of helping people, it’s a professional thing,” they say. They also provide training for psychologists in the academy. Theirs is an example of success when two nearly fresh graduates embarked on a project in the midst of a mental health crisis: “At the race they told us there was little way out of it. I think we have the concept of the psychologist as something very cold. Not so now. You don’t have to be sick to come. There are people who go just to take precautions, get upset or angry about something and come to see their point of view».

Half of higher demand careers are healthcare

Five of the ten most in-demand careers at Rovira i Virgili are healthcare. Actually, take four of these initial positions. These are Medicine (first choice 732 practices in this beginner course), Nursing (365) in Tarragona, Psychology (296) and Nursing (207) in Tortosa. Physiotherapy (143) is in sixth place after Law. The pandemic has rekindled the trend of young people to study such topics, as well as other science-related topics. Dual degrees in Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology or Mathematics Engineering and Physics are the studies with the highest cutoff score above 12.

The link between health and ‘big data’ is a thriving niche with promising business opportunities, just like any content linked to digitization. “Covid-19 has accelerated the interest in digital health in terms of the transformation in the health world in terms of organization”, Shows Carme CarrionDirector of UOC’s Master’s Degree in Digital Health (E-health).

data and health

Raquel Planas, a nurse and this master’s graduate, agrees in identifying this growing interest: “Professionals are increasingly perceiving technology as an essential tool to improve their work. They see all the possibilities they have to offer, and that translates into an improvement in patient care and quality of care.”

This entire line goes beyond the concept of telemedicine. “We’re processing the data and we have more information, which allows us to make more informed and personalized decisions,” says Carme Carrion. rather it should be fixed even if the professional is not physically present».

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