July 27, 2016 12:50 - 14:20

Establishing generic post graduate psychology competencies in Australia

[Speaker] Von Treuer, Kathryn M:1
[Co-author] Reynolds, Nick:2, Scott, Graham:1
1:Deakin University (Australia), 2:Bainbaci (Australia)

Psychology is entering an era of increasing accountability in student education. To meet this expectation, a competency focus is needed for teaching postgraduate psychology. At present, it is unclear what constitutes postgraduate competence. Existing competencies are often list-like and might better reflect practice. The aim of this study was to establish a competency model for postgraduate psychology. Two practitioners and six academics (representing three different universities) participated in an initial focus group to formulate a competency model. Prior to the focus group, various materials were distributed for consideration including key publications that focussed upon competency models, graduate destinations, unit evaluations, and course content taught from Australian and International universities. Attendees at subsequent workshops comprised a mixture of practitioners, academics, graduates and current course students, who further refined the model. The establishment of competencies in psychology is imperative and has implications for psychology regulation, training and practice.
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