Externado psychologist manages social inclusion and integration processes in Germany

María Paula Gómez is a graduate of the Psychology program at our university and currently works at the Internationaler Bund Hamburg (International Federation of Hamburg), in Germany, managing processes of social, political and cultural inclusion and integration.

In her daily work she must work together with the State, the Jugendamt (Youth Protection Office), the Allgemeiner Sozialer Dienst (General Social Service) and, in individual cases, with the Jobcenter (Employment Office) and the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees).

Her first work experience in Germany was at the Sozialwerk Nazareth e.V. (Social Work Home Nazareth e.V.), promoting psychological counseling spaces for young people; likewise, she accompanied victims of traumatic cases generated by exile from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Guinea, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Myanmar, Congo and Albania.

In 2019 she completed an academic training in Pedagogical Psychology (Pädagogische Psychologie) at the Forschungsinstitut Betriebliche Bildung (Research Institute for Vocational Training), through which she applied approaches to the diagnosis of social and individual disorders, counseling and mediation.

The graduate emphasizes that the academic training she received at the Externado, as well as the interdisciplinary and epistemological conception offered by the Psychology program, have been decisive in facilitating her work process: “the certified internships in different sectors, which are carried out in the last semesters of the undergraduate program, have been of great relevance in my professional profile, as has been my graduate thesis on migration processes”.

“As a foreigner, it has been possible to generate empathy and meaningful intervention with migrants. With German families, contextual reading is vital. These are competencies and skills developed throughout my time at Universidad Externado,” said Gómez.

Regarding her future goals, María Paula states that she wants to better understand and apply the type of intervention needed by people with different beliefs, ages, cultures, habits, etc.; therefore, she will pursue a master’s degree in Intermediale Kunsttherapie (Interventional Art Therapy), since the language for migrants represents barriers in the therapeutic processes of dialogue.

From Universidad Externado de Colombia we wish María Paula Gómez much success in her professional work.