Half a year of TEAM experience
Nearly half a year ago, I joined the TEAM network at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Medical University of Vienna. I develop technology-enabled interventions for young people who engage in auto-aggressive behavior.
When I learned from my previous supervisor about the project, I immediately applied as the project perfectly correlated with my research interests. In the past, I organized and delivered workshops for adolescents on mental health topics. Building on this experience, I wanted to continue applying psychological insights to empower adolescents in coping with difficulties they may face. Hence, I was delighted when I had the opportunity to join the TEAM network!
Since then, the experience of working with the TEAM network has shaped me both personally and professionally. On a personal level, moving from Slovenia to Austria, a country where I did not know anyone and where my work languages would be English and German, was a big change. However, soon after moving to Vienna, I met my fellow TEAM researchers with whom I regularly exchange my thoughts and experiences. Since then, I met many more people with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds both in the wider context of the TEAM environment that includes many distinguished scholars and outside of it. All in all, my time in Vienna has provided me with a stimulating work and living environment that enriched my thoughts and taught me a lot about myself.
On a professional level, I discover every day new fascinating sides of my topic. At the moment, I exchange ideas with mental health professionals about effective interventions and promising solutions. By doing so, I reflect on possibilities to apply technology to prevent and treat mental health problems. By working with practitioners, I learned more about the concrete needs for easily accessible interventions for adolescents. The TEAM training network encourages me furthermore to gain insights from different scientific disciplines (psychology and computer sciences) and different applying sectors (NGOs, academia and clinics). This is highly rewarding and both my thinking and my research profit greatly. It is fascinating to see how the interplay of different disciplines contributes to the same goal.
Through being a part of the TEAM network I grow professionally and personally. But I am most excited about contributing to using technology to improve the mental health of young people.