Interprofessional learning in health: opportunities for clinical psychology trainees

[Speaker] Morrissey, Shirley A:1
[Co-author] Rogers, Gary:1, Chan, Pit:1
1:Griffith University (Australia)

Clinical psychology trainees interact with other health professionals when on internships, however they are often ill prepared for working in interdisciplinary professional teams. Psychology students often complete their training without any understanding of how other disciplines function, or how they should operate as a psychologist in a health care team. This paper presents a 3-phase pedagogy for developing interprofessional learning across a health faculty. We present data on 31 postgraduate students in clinical psychology who engaged in a one day workshop utilising simulated patients (actors) with students from medicine, nursing and pharmacy as part of requirements in a master's level health psychology course in 2015. This is the first cohort of students to be mandated to undertake IPL as part of their clinical psychology training and also identifies some of the barriers for engaging with the IPL agenda. Recommendations for embedding IPL in psychology programs are offered.
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