PSYCHOL 7331 - Professional Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 7331 Course Professional Practice Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 12 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to M Psych (O&HF) and PhD/MPsych(O&HF) students only or by the permission of the Head of School Course Description This course aims to develop students' skills in interviewing and counselling as well as their written and oral communication. The course also aims to familiarise students with the role of the organisational psychologist and the requirements of relevant professional and research organisations. On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in interviewing and counselling, the essential components of a mental status examination, conducting risk assessments, moti and competency in written and oral communication. Students will also be familiar with the role of the organisational psychologist and the requirements of relevant professional and research organisations.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jaime AutonPhone: 8313 7464
Location: Room 726, Level 7 Hughes Building
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate competence in interviewing and counselling.
2. Demonstrate competence in conducting an initial interview.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the essential components of a mental status examination.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of and key skills in conducting risk assessments and motivational interviewing.
5. Demonstrate professional oral and written communication skills.
6. Understand the role of the organisational psychologist, the requirements of relevant professional and research organisations, and the values and thinking that underlie those requirements.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesLecturers will provide reading material that will be made available in class and on MyUni.Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Recommended ResourcesThe Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Vicki Langton, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to resources such as additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will be supported by group discussion related to the lecture content. Competence in counselling skills and conducting an initial interview will be assessed using a video recorded role-play of an initial interview. A self-directed learning exercise will assess competence in a professional oral presentation. Competence in written communication will be assessed using a written exercise.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Seminars: 3 hours each day for 12 days (36 hours)
Redemption assignments will be set for any missed classes.
Assignment 1: Competence in counselling skills and conducting an initial interview will be assessed using a video recorded role-play of an initial interview (10 hours approx.)
Assignment 2: Competence in written and oral communication will be assessed through a professional oral presentation and associated individual written communication exercise (15 hours approx.)
Self-directed independent reading (73 hours approx.)
Further details will be provided in class.
Learning Activities SummaryThis is a summer intensive course run over 12 days. Seminars will be daily from 1:30pm - 4:30pm. The final program will be advised at semester commencement. The first seven seminars in this course are the same as those for Interviewing and Intervention (Master of Psychology (Health) and (Clinical) course), and so these seminars will be attended by a combined class. The last four seminars are organisational psychology specific, and hence, will only be attended by Master of Psychology (OHF) students.
Day Topic Course Day 1 Introduction to interviewing and counselling Interviewing and Intervnetion Day 2 Introduction to interviewing and counselling Interviewing and Intervnetion Day 3 Mental status examination Interviewing and Intervnetion Day 4 Motivational interviewing (Part 1) Interviewing and Intervnetion Day 5 Motivational interviewing (Part 2) Interviewing and Intervnetion Day 6 Effective engagement and assessment with the suicidal patient Interviewing and Intervnetion Day 7 The initial interview and history taking Interviewing and Intervnetion Day 8 Communication I: Issues (OHF Students Only) Professional Practice Day 9 Organisational psychology & Human Factors in action (OHF Students Only) Professional Practice Day 10 No Seminar (OHF Students Only) Professional Practice Day 11 Communication II: Practice (OHF Students Only) Professional Practice Day 12 Organisational Psychology Placements & Thesis (OHF Students Only) Professional Practice
Specific Course RequirementsOn enrolment all students MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. All students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Professional Practice and Evidence-Based Practice.The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.
Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is a mandatory requirement for acceptance to and continuation within the program.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryThe assessment consists of three tasks as detailed below, and these are assessed by a Non-Graded Pass (NGP). Each assessment task must be passed successfully to complete the course. Due dates will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Video recorded role-play of an intitial interview Summative NGP 1,2,5 Oral presentation Summative NGP 1,3,4,5,6 Written communication Summative NGP 5
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance at all seminars is mandatory to ensure students attain and can demonstrate the relevant required competencies. Should students fail to meet mandatory attendance requirements by being absent this may lead to a fail grade for the course. Exemptions to mandatory attendance requirements may be granted for up to 2 seminars by the Course Coordinator if there are exceptional medical, compassionate, or extenuating circumstances as defined by the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. Students will be required to complete redemption exercises to the satisfaction of the Course Coordinator for any seminars missed.
Assessment Detail• Competence in counselling skills and conducting an initial interview will be assessed using a video recorded role-play of an initial interview.
• A self-directed learning exercise will assess competence in a professional oral presentation.
• Competence in written communication will be assessed through an individual written communication exercise.
Further details on all assessments will be provided in class. For additional information please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) program handbook at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
SubmissionAssignments are to be submitted to the Psychology Office, along with a signed cover sheet (available on MyUni). Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
The School of Psychology undertakes to adhere to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 6a, which requires that assessments are returned within 4 weeks of the deadlines for submission.
Extension of time for an assignment may be granted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, to whom students should apply in writing (or email) before the due date and time.
No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time.
For further information re the Assessment Policy please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) Program Handbook at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme) Grade Description CN Continuing FNS Fail No Submission NFE No Formal Examination F Fail NGP Non Graded Pass P Pass C Credit D Distinction HD High Distinction RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.Assignments will be graded as NGP.
Students will have the opportunity to resubmit any assessment that received a fail grade.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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