OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

La Salud Mental

TitleLa Salud Mental
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsPolk, Jacob
Academic DepartmentPsycology
DegreeBachelor of Arts in International Studies in Psycology
Number of Pages31
Date Published06/1996
UniversityOregon State University
CityCorvallis
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
KeywordsEcuador, Mental health, Psycology
Abstract

When the opportunity came along to pursue an international degree here at Oregon
State University I really did not know where it would lead me or what interests it would
bring into my life. I had a general idea of what the degree was all about and what it
included but as are most things in life it was far from clear where I would end up with this
work. This is the final piece of much time, work, effort, and yes even frustration
regarding my international degree. It has been a difficult road to follow at times but it has
been an incredibly rewarding and beneficial experience for which I am thankful.
The most challenging part of this degree has definitely been the senior project and
paper. My problem initially was finding or creating a worthy and constructive project that
was interesting to myself. This issue was compounded by the fact that my first major is a
Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology. This degree does not offer the training necessary
to serve as a professional counselor or researcher in the United States nor in any other
part of the world. Therefore it was not possible to create an experience in which I
volunteered or spent time working in a mental health clinic or research facility. To be
quite frank about the matter I did not and do not have the training and qualifications
necessary to attempt such a project. However, in the end I came up with the very
interesting idea of looking at and describing what exists in the area of "mental health" in
Ecuador, a developing country of the third world. It turned out to be a worthwhile