|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Psychology and Wellbeing|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Pass/Not Pass|
|Version produced :||16 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
To become fully aware of the role of the professional psychologist, students need to work within a general psychological practice setting. The practicum requires the student to experience some of the broader issues that a practising psychologist must typically manage when integrating academic learning with professional application. Students will learn how the discipline of psychology functions in the placement setting, the role of other disciplines or professions, and the professional etiquette and ethics involved.
The assessment in this course is competency-based. Students will achieve either a pass or fail for each assessment. Students need to pass all assessment items to successfully complete the course. These competency items form part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the accrediting organisation/s (where relevant).
The first practicum course is designed to provide students with a structured situation in a practice setting in which appropriate psychological skills can be developed to high levels of competency. It provides an opportunity to examine applied problems from a theoretical perspective and to then apply empirically supported interventions. It therefore promotes a scientist-practitioner model of the professional psychologist. Students will be encouraged to approach applied problems and skill based learning from a hypothesis-based assessment perspective. The emphasis is on skill development in a supervised and structured environment. Expert feedback on performance is seen as an essential feature of the learning process and strong emphasis is placed on skill development under adequate supervision.