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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology student, Mingon du Preez, recently won the Dolores Luiz prize for the best podium presentation at the 18th International Scientific Meeting of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD), held in London. 

The topic of the research paper presented addresses Awareness, Knowledge and Practices with regards to alcohol use of pregnant women in the Missionvale area. 

Mingon is a final year clinical psychology intern who started her involvement with the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development when she was working at the Missionvale Psychology Centre as a Registered Counsellor. During her time at the Centre she co-authored two published articles. It was during that time that she was confronted with many clients diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder and made a decision to research the knowledge, awareness and practices of pregnant women regarding alcohol use. Her research is now complete and she received a distinction for her efforts.

At the ARICD meeting held in London, she was awarded the prize the best research presentation. Mingon's proposal to present was accepted by the committee of  the association, and she presented the findings of her research via Webinar at this prestigious event. Along with the pretigioeus awrd, she received 500 pounds. Delores Luiz was the head of Mandela University's psychology department before her death and left money to the the association to encourage research in the area of infant and child development.

Mingon is currently an intern at the Elizabeth Donkin hospital in Port Elizabeth.

Contact information
Dr. Jennifer Jansen
Missionvale Psychology Centre Clinic Manager
Tel: 0415041333