While studying in Higher Education you will experience multiple transformations, experiences, difficulties and opportunities, both personally as well as academically, while finding your place in society,, in your future profession, and reaching autonomy both personally and from your family. You will feel that this stage can be as demanding as it is enriching.
As a student at the Polytechnic of Leiria, you have the Student Support Service (SAPE) at your disposal, to accompany you in every step you need.
Do you have difficulty in…
adjusting to a new life?
managing your time?
coping with anxiety?
being apart from your family?
making important decisions?
making important changes in your life?
developing a CV?
preparing for a professional interview?
development of transversal skills
face-to-face and online training
job search techniques
support for students with special educational needs
Psychological support is provided by a psychologist with the goal of enabling coping mechanisms to deal with the causes of his/her problems, by promoting a sense of more autonomy and ability to overcome the difficulties he/she is experiencing.
Each Psychology session follows a conversational style, which is guided by a specialized and experienced professional, within a calm and in absolute confidentiality environment.
No, far from it. Psychology sessions are for anyone who needs help in how to deal with their problems and hardships. Throughout life, each of us goes through ups and downs, and in certain situations may need specialized support. Many of the factors that interfere with a person’s emotional stability, or ability to think and deal with problems, are not always easily manageable or can be confided to family or friends. Therefore, the support of a specialized professional, who helps deal with these doubts and problems may become necessary.
Psychological support is useful in any situation that interferes with our mental health, such as: sadness, anxiety, problems in dealing with a physical illness, family problems, academic difficulties, sexuality, self-esteem, eating disorders, addictions, delusions, aggressiveness, suicidal tendencies, among others. Psychology sessions can also guide the person to other services appropriate to his/her problem.
The services provided by SAPE are free of charge for the students of Polytechnic of Leiria.
It is not possible to define an exact period. The time needed depends on the problem and person’s characteristics. On average, the sessions can last between 45 to 60 minutes, with a weekly or biweekly frequency, and in some situations they can happen only once a month. The sessions are scheduled according to the availability of the psychologist and the student timetables.
To schedule an appointment, simply send an e-mail directly to the psychologist who provides support at your school or at the school closest to your residence. In this e-mail please provid information related to your availability (weekdays and best hours), as well as if you prefer to be received in person (in one of the SAPE offices) or online (through one of the existing communication platforms). You will receive, as soon as possible, an answer with the first date available for the session. According to the recommendations of the Portuguese General Directorate of Health (DGS) and the Polytechnic of Leiria, the use of mask is mandatory in face-to-face consultations.
The Polytechnic of Leiria has a number of resources available for students with special educational needs (SEN). You can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, in the scope of the 100%IN Project, which will be able to guide you to the most appropriate services
No, we provide sessions in English and Spanish to our international students.
In addition to the psychological support, SAPE also provides training that promotes the development of transversal competencies or soft skills, both: face-to-face and online. Among the training topics you can find Time Management, Study Management, Oral Presentations and Group Work, Laboratory of CV´s, and so on. Consult your Polytechnic of Leiria’s email account or go to https://up2u.ipleiria.pt/
Official Health Line – 808 24 24 24 (Linha Saúde 24)
24h/day psychological support – Linha SAÚDE 24 – 808 24 24 24 – Key 4