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Facilitating Psychological literacy in 3rd year undergraduate students through University-Industry work integrated learning

[Speaker] Morrissey, Shirley A:1
[Co-author] Hamilton, Kyra:1, Weinbrecht, Tanja:1
1:Griffith University (Australia)

Work integrated learning in psychology undergraduate programs has not featured very highly, with practice or real world experience typically left until the postgraduate training. Given that the majority of psychology undergraduates do not go on to postgraduate training, this leaves many unprepared for the transition to work, and often questioning the value of their degrees. Over the past 4 years Griffith University has developed, implemented and evaluated a final semester course "Psychology: Integration and Application" which includes a 40 hour compulsory work integrated learning placement that requires the students to apply particular psychological theory to an industry setting where registered (licensed) psychologists are not typically employed. This paper will present both the challenges of implementing such a course and the benefits both to the students and to the industry partners involved.
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