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Internship Position- 2017; Clinical Psychology 


Internship Position is Open at Applied Psychology Services, Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Last date to apply is 31st August 2017.
You can send an email with your letter and resume or questions at info@psychologyservices.de




Saturday, 07th November 2015  11.00am to 5.00 pm (11.00 to 17.00).

Facilitators: Dr. Parul Cedilnik, Clinical Psychologist and Ms. Zainab Manager, Clinical Psychologist.

Cost : 50.00€ per person; Total seats : 16; Last Date for Registration: 20th October 2015


The workshop is aimed to teach parents some strategies to prevent the behavior problems, and to provide some strategies to deal with existing ones. The workshop is open to the parents of children aged 5-10 years and 11-16 years. The first half of the workshop is designed to address the needs of all the parents including the topics like theoretical framework behind effective parenting, neurobiology of brain, the psychological causes of certain behaviors, basic preventive strategies. The second half deals with two groups separately as the nature of the problems faced is totally different. This section of the workshop would focus on the psychological state of mind of the children of respective age groups, actual problems being faced by the parents and possible strategies.

Please feel free to email us for more questions or doubts at info@psychologyservices.de


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Registration Form 

Details for Bank Transfer for Fee: 

Name of the Bank (Name der Bank): Kreissparkasse Böblingen

Receiver (Empfänger):  Applied Psychology Services

IBAN: DE96 6035 0130 0000 1155 00


Purpose (Zwecklung) please mention: W2015 (and) Your Name



11.00 – 11.30 -  Introduction & discussion about common problems.

11.30 – 11.40 - Coffee Break

11.40 – 12.30 -  Neurobiology of developing brain.

12.30 – 12.50 - Lunch Break

12.50 – 14.00 - Reason behind Behaviors. Why does a kid behave in certain ways

14.00 – 14.10 - Coffee Break

14.10 – 15.00 - Basic theoretical positive parenting strategies

15.10 – 15.50 - Group 1 & Group 2 Separate, Strategies to deal with major behavior problems.

15.50 – 16.00 - Coffee break

16.00 – 16.30 - Group 1 & Group 2 Separate, Strategies to deal with major behavior problems.

16.30 – 17.00 - Group 1 & Group 2 Separate, Question answer & discussion session.





THE BRAIN TRAINING WORKSHOP : Saturday, February 07, 2015

About this Workshop

This workshop is dedicated to teaching professionls how to use their brains better, based on the simple premise that the more you understand about your brain, and the more you apply what you know, the easier everything becomes. The workshop content is based on the principles and workings of cognitive psychology, and is designed so that you learn and develop new skills in a safe and supportive environment and learn by doing not just listening

This workshop provides participants with key skills needed to improve brain fitness. By improving brain fitness, we improve brain functions, and the benefits are both immediate and sustained. Participants will enjoy improved mental performance and productivity, more flexibility, prolonged brain health and a practical understanding of how to get more from their brain.

By attending this course you'll gain an understanding of how your brain works and how you can get more from it. You'll learn simple techniques that will help you become more productive, more effective, and enjoy greater health and well-being


Date: 7th of February 2015

Time/Duration: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Venue: Café Merlin, Cultural Centre, Augustenstrasse 72, Stuttgart, 70178, 1st Floor – Korkraum

Registration Fee: €100 plus MwSt. (VAT)

Participants: Open to all Professionals Number of Seats: 15


Additional: Refreshments would be provided.


Training Content

  • An introduction to brain training
  • How is brain training useful
  • Brain and its cognitive functions
  • Memory fundamentals
  • The science behind memory
  • Different types of memory
  • What causes age related memory loss
  • Strategies to improve your memory
  • Attention Span & the world of technology
  • Different types of attention
  • How to improve attention to detail at work
  • Simple exercises & techniques to improve concentration
  • The Brain & its processing speed
  • Mind mapping & Speed reading


  • Improved mental performance & attention
  • Enhanced Visual & Auditory Memory
  • Creative thinking
  • Usage of Problem solving techniques
  • Prolonged Brain health
  • Increased focus & concentration levels
  • Increased information processing speed
  • Development of logic & reasoning abilities
  • Have improved brain fitness


4 hour workshop for up to 15 participants


Dr. Parul Cedilnik has worked for 15 years in Germany, USA and India. She is a proficient psychologist and an active researcher and has published several papers. She has a professional qualification in clinical & child Psychology. She specializes in neuro-cognitive-psychological rehabilitation of children & adults with developmental and psychological problems. She also has experience working as a consultant in industries where her role was to do personality assessments during recruitment and training in in leadership skills, stress management & persuasive skills. She has also worked in the United States in the areas of school & educational psychology.

Zainab Manager is a clinical psychologist, counsellor and a soft skills trainer who has had experience working in various countries such as UAE, India, Australia, New Zealand and Germany. He started her career as a psychology lecturer and a school counsellor, especially working with children and young adults with learning disabilities, ADHD and anxiety. She has also worked in close relation with a neuro-developmental pediatrician where she learned more about the brain’s cognitive functioning. In Germany, she has been involved in organizing ESL and soft skills training programs for individuals and groups from multi-cultural backgrounds and with corporate clients in different organizations.



What is Brain Training?

Is there a way to actually, well, expand your brain? From Sudoku to Brain Training games, in recent years we have become more aware of our brain fitness. Thousands of us spend years of our lives in the gym working on our bodies and we are now being told that training our brains is just as important. Whether it is improving our memories, attention and concentration levels or thinking creatively, all these skills allow us to work more efficiently. Therefore does the brain fit in the ‘if you don’t use it you lose it category’ after all?

Why do I need to train my brain?

Can doing a Sudoku on the morning commute really change your life? The answer is ‘Yes’. Your brain will remain younger and sharper when trained regularly. Just like physical exercising, mental exercise can help you perform at a significantly higher level and add to your overall fitness.

So how do I train my brain?

As participants you will learn skills and techniques that will help you become more effective and mentally agile: how to improve memory and brain fitness, increase attention span and concentration levels, become fast thinkers by increasing strengthening your processing speed.

Our brains are ‘plastic’ in the degree to which they can change and develop regardless of age or previous experience. So in other words, our brains do not have a sell by date and it’s never too late to start improving them with training.

1. What is ADHD?

ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it.

Children with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They often understand what's expected of them in particular situation, but have trouble following through because they can't sit still, pay attention, or attend to details.

Of course, all children (especially younger ones) act this way at times, particularly when they're anxious or excited. But the difference with ADHD is that symptoms are present over a longer period of time and occur in different settings. They impair a child's ability to function socially, academically, and at home. The silver lining is that with proper treatment, and behavior therapy, children with ADHD can learn to successfully live with and manage their symptoms.

Symptoms: ADHD has three subtypes, each with its own pattern of behaviors:

i. Inattentive type

  • inability to pay attention to details or a tendency to make careless errors in schoolwork or other activities
  • difficulty with sustained attention in tasks or play activities
  • apparent listening problems
  • difficulty following instructions
  • problems with organization
  • avoidance or dislike of tasks that require mental effort
  • tendency to lose things like toys, notebooks, or homework
  • distractibility
  • forgetfulness in daily activities

ii.   Hyperactive-impulsive type:

  • fidgeting or squirming
  • difficulty remaining seated
  • excessive running or climbing
  • difficulty playing quietly
  • always seeming to be "on the go"
  • excessive talking
  • blurting out answers before hearing the full question
  • difficulty waiting for a turn or in line
  • problems with interrupting or intruding

iii. Combined type, it involves a combination of the other two types and is the most common.

Although it is difficult to raise children with ADHD, it's important to understand and remember they aren't "bad," "acting out," or being difficult on purpose. They do have difficulty controlling their behavior without medication or behavioral therapy.

2. What is LD/Learning Disability/ Dyslexia?

Learning Disability- (old common name- dyslexia, commonly known as LD) is a real neuro-biological disorder, which affect the brain's ability to receive, process, store, respond to, and communicate information. Learning disabilities are not the same as intellectual disabilities (formerly known as mental retardation), sensory impairments (vision or hearing) or autism spectrum disorders. People with LD are of average or above-average intelligence but still struggle to acquire skills that impact their ability to read or write or to do math.

Learning Disabilities may range from mild to severe and one person may have multiple kinds of Learning Disability.

Learning disabilities can affect a person's ability in the areas of:

  • Reading- old name Dyslexia
  • Writing- old name Dysgraphia
  • Mathematics- old name Dyscalculia

Again- LDs can not be totaly cured, but with correct psycho-educational interventions, one can see significant improvement in the brain's ability to make the connections in reading, writing or mathematics; resulting in better educational performance and happier state of mind!

3. What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. With the May 2013 publication of the new DSM-5 diagnostic manual, these autism subtypes are merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can definitely improve outcomes. 

4. Can a child have Anxiety Disorder?

YES. Children can also have Anxiety Disorder. Children with Anxiety problems tend to worry excessively about a variety of things such as grades, family issues, relationships with peers, and performance in sports. They tend to be very hard on themselves and strive for perfection. They may also seek constant approval or reassurance from others. They can cry more easily, more frequently and may often complain of headache, stomach ache, nausea, muscle pain etc. Sleep disturbance and nightmares can also be associated problems. 

They may or may not have Obsessive Complusive Disoder, Panic Attacks, Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Selective Mutism, and Specific Phobias.

With timely intervention through play therapy, counseling, psychotherapy, behavior modification (depending upon individual need), they most often show tremendous improvement and often a complete cure. 

5. Do children really suffer from Depression?

Yes. Children can also suffer from Depression. It is different than normal sadness or ‘feeling low’. One must remember that just because a child seems sad, doesn't necessarily mean he or she has significant depression. BUT if the sadness becomes persistent, or if disruptive behavior that interferes with normal social activities, interests, schoolwork, or family life develops, it may indicate that he or she has a depressive illness. One must understand that while depression is a serious illness, it is also a treatable one.


Symptoms of Depression in Children

The symptoms of depression in children vary. Symptoms may include typical sadness or just the constant irritation or defiant behaviors. Signs and symptoms of depression may vary. however the major symptoms in children include:

  • Irritability or anger.
  • Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Increased sensitivity to rejection.
  • Changes in appetite -- either increased or decreased.
  • Changes in sleep -- sleeplessness or excessive sleep.
  • Vocal outbursts or crying.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Fatigue and low energy.
  • Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don't respond to treatment.
  • Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
  • Impaired thinking or concentration.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

Not all children have all of these symptoms. In fact, most children display different symptoms at different times and in different settings. Although some children may continue to function reasonably well in structured environments, most kids with significant depression will suffer a noticeable change in social activities, loss of interest in school and poor academic performance, or a change in appearance.

6. What is Depression? How do we know that an adult person is going through Depression?

Everyone feels sad or depressed at times. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to some real loss, life's struggles, death in the family or stress in job etc. But when these feelings of sadness -- including feelings of helpless, hopeless, and worthless continue to exist for weeks and months and disturb the everyday life, then it may not be just sadness, but clinical depression, a treatable medical condition.

How Do I Know If I Have Depression?
Depression occurs when one has at least five of the following symptoms at the same time:

  • A depressed mood during most of the day, particularly in the morning
  • Fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
  • Impaired concentration, indecisiveness
  • Insomnia (an inability to sleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide (not just fearing death)
  • A sense of restlessness or being slowed down
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain

A key sign of depression is either depressed mood or loss of interest in activities one generally enjoys. For a diagnosis of depression, these signs should be present most of the day either daily or nearly daily for at least two weeks. In addition, the depressive symptoms need to cause clinically significant distress or impairment. They cannot be due to the direct effects of a drug or medication. Nor can they be the result of a medical condition such as hypothyroidism. Finally, symptoms that occur within two months of the loss of a loved one are not considered to be clinical depression.

Symptoms of DepressionOne should know that all people with depressive illnesses don't experience the same symptoms. The frequency, intensity and severity may vary depending on the individual and his or her illness. Here are common symptoms people with depression experience:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Insomnia, early morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Loss of pleasure in life
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

While these are common symptoms of depression, they may also occur in patterns. For example, a person may experience depression with mania or hypomania -- a condition sometimes called manic depression or bipolar disorder. Or the symptoms may be seasonal as in the case of seasonal affective disorder. One can also have a low long sustained sadness, which affects every day life!

BUT- REMEMBER- Depression is treatable!

7. What is Anxiety? How can we know that an adult person has Anxiety?

A constant feeling of worriedness and apprehension is called as Anxiety.  Just like depression, we all feel anxious, worried or apprehensive at some point of time in our lives. But, when it start affecting our everyday life and is there weeks and months, it can be diagnosed at Anxiety Disorder. One may experience some of the following physical symptoms:

  • Tense muscles
  • Trembling
  • Churning stomach
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numbness or "pins and needles" in arms, hands or legs
  • Sweating/flushing

 AGAIN- REMEMBER- Anxiety is Treatable!

Dr. Parul Cedilnik, Clinical Psychologist 
Am Wallgraben 99, 4th Floor, 70565 Stuttgart- Vaihingen. Room no. 4.00/4.01
Tel:      +49 (0) 711 16015219, +49 (0) 157 7536-7424

Email:  info@psychologyservices.de, pcedilnik@psychologyservices.de