Psychological Support to Students

Начальник службы психологического сопровождения студентов

The Psychological Support Service for Students (PSSS) is a structural subdivision of the SPbGASU division of social and extracurricular student activities.

PSSS functions

  1. Psychological support for students during the period of personality development, associated with the completion of parental care and the beginning of the formation of personal autonomy, combined with an increase in intellectual load, a general increase in the level of personal responsibility for the results of activities and behavior 
  2. Psychological education of students in the present-day context of life situations, interpersonal, group and social relations, expanding their horizons in the field of practical psychology, forming a stable base for organizing and regulating their own behavior, actions and making independent decisions regarding their own lives
  3. Psychological studies of aspects of the development and functioning of the personality, individual traits, directly related to the learning process in a higher educational institution of a technical profile, the adaptation of students to the conditions and rules of study at SPbGASU
  4. Methodological and psychological training of the SPbGASU teaching staff in terms of taking into account the individual traits of a person, interpersonal, group and social relations in improving the effectiveness of the educational process

The purpose of the psychological support service for students is to create conditions for students and university staff to implement their mental and creative potential in terms of psychological support of the educational process at SPbGASU.

 PSSS tasks

Providing conditions for students to obtain sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities related to such psychological aspects as:

  • the learning process at SPbGASU;
  • personality development and its self-organization;
  • psychoprophylaxis and adequate risk assessment of deviant and delinquent behavior;
  • emotional and behavioral self-regulation;
  • development of social interaction skills and effective communication both in interpersonal relationships and in the professional space.

PSSS ways of work 

  1. Individual psychological work is organized and carried out by SPSS specialists in the form of individual psychological consultations.

Psychologists of the service have sufficient competencies and professional skills to solve the following tasks of those who apply:

  • psychological therapy of the consequences of complex psycho-traumatic life situations, acute blocking experiences and conditions, psychological "stuck" in certain stages of personality development (disturbances in the dynamics of personality development) and many other things that can interfere with normal learning at SPbGASU;
  • obtaining a sufficient amount of psychological knowledge for self-assessment and resolution of actual problematic situations of various aspects of personal life.
  1. Group psychological work in the following ways:

a) Psychological dynamic groups, in which space the leader contributes to the formation of such a model of relations, which is very close to what happens in real life, thereby giving group members the opportunity to calmly explore all aspects of situations, determining the best behavior scenarios for themselves;

b) Round table is a specially organized space for communication between participants, in which a problematic topic is brought up. The round table is moderated by a specialist psychologist in order to provide participants with the opportunity to detect and take into account not only the content components of the problem, but also everything that it is “immersed” in, that surrounds it (the emotions of the participants, their motivations, involuntary behavioral scenarios, distortions of perception, fluctuations moods, etc.). This helps participants to understand the problem in all its versatility and ambiguity and come to its balanced solution;

c) Training is a space for communication between participants, formed by a specialist psychologist in order to provide an opportunity to develop and improve socially useful skills, such as self-presentation skill, conflict resolution skill, skill of formulating and presenting one's own position, effective communication skill, etc.

  1. Psychological diagnostics.

a) Individual psychological diagnostics solves the problems of studying the individual traits of the psyche and personality of the student in order to determine those that contribute to the successful assimilation of the training program at SPbGASU, and those that hinder it.

b) Screening psychological examinations of small social groups (study groups) solve complex problems both in determining special individual traits of the psyche and personality of each student that help or hinder the learning process, and in identifying factors of interpersonal interaction that prevent the formation of a favorable socio-psychological climate in teams.

PSSS philosophy

The service carries out its activities based on the principles of unconditional preservation of the secrets of personal life and complete voluntary interaction with psychologists.


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