HPS776 - Issues in Professional Psychology

Year:

2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in H750 Master of Psychology (Clinical) to enrol in this unit

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with: HPS976
Study commitment

This unit is taught in Intensive Mode - a week-long block at the commencement of students' first trimester in H750 Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3 hour seminar per week

Content

The Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs) for Issues in Professional Psychology represents important preparation for professional practice, which begins in Trimester 2 with the Clinical Placement Program and then continues throughout the course of the professional lives of graduates of this program. It is designed to provide knowledge, reflection and practice in professional issues and professional ethics as well as the governance framework that exists to support Clinical Psychology as a health discipline. Students will become familiar with the various professional standards and codes relevant to the provision of psychological services. These will include: The Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics (as adopted by the Psychology Board of Australia), APS Ethical Guidelines, and the Australian National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce.

The Unit begins by considering the governance environment in which Professional Psychology sits with a focus on the Public Mental Health System and applying effective ethical and reasoning frameworks to decision making to common dilemmas when working with clients in professional practice. Contemporary issues such as Leadership in Psychology and Health as well as the contemporary practice paradigms of Client-Centred care and Recovery orientation are also jointly considered and wherever possible utilise active learning activities.

Consistent with the wider intended learning outcomes of the program, a key focus of the Unit is the application of ethical, legal and professional Psychology practice principles within the inter-professional Health environment, with the teaching and learning and assessment activities supporting the achievement of these competencies for students. Students will directly apply new knowledge in relation to working effectively and collaboratively in health care through participation in inter-disciplinary student teams (including Psychology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Medical Imaging, Optometry and Medicine) working towards the development of shared care plans for complex simulated clients using computer assisted learning technology. Students will also participate in 8 days of Work-Integrated learning within the Barwon Health Mental Health Service where they will be observe and reflect on Psychology and Health practice in action in readiness to commence Clinical Placements.

A highlight of the Unit is the 2-day Aboriginal Cultural Immersion module where students will spend time at the Institute of Koori Education and the Wathaurong Health Co-operative in order to facilitate understanding of culturally sensitive approaches to applying psychology knowledge and practice in working with Aboriginal people. Students will be assessed on their capacity to communicate how this learning will change their practice using a video-blog.

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