The Viva Voce as an authentic assessment for clinical psychology students

Beccaria, Gavin (2013) The Viva Voce as an authentic assessment for clinical psychology students. Australian Journal of Career Development, 22 (3). pp. 139-142. ISSN 1038-4162

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Mental health consumers in Australia have a basic right of access to high quality mental health assessment and treatment. Given that universities are the entry point to the training process, they have a responsibility to train high quality clinicians. Clinical psychology is the sub-disciple of psychology with specialist training in mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. There has been a call for clinical psychology programs to move training and assessment away from purely a theoretical base to one that integrates theory with practice. In 2008, the University of Southern Queensland developed a viva voce for a course on adult psychopathology. The viva voce is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination, modeled closely on the one used by the Royal College of Australian and New Zealand Psychiatrists. This paper outlines the development of this innovation to assessment and gives directions for future research and evaluation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2014 03:20
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 01:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: objective structured clinical examination; OSCE; work integrated learning; viva voce
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1038416213498713

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