Reducing resource requirements and costs of work-based skills training for undergraduate psychology students: implementing the dedicated education unit model in work integrated learning

O'Shea, A. (2013) Reducing resource requirements and costs of work-based skills training for undergraduate psychology students: implementing the dedicated education unit model in work integrated learning. In: 48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013): Psychology for a Healthy Nation, 8-12 Oct 2013, Cairns, Australia.

Abstract

Many of the objections regarding the introduction and implementation of work integrated learning (WIL) as a compulsory component within the undergraduate psychology
curriculum centre around issues of resourcing, cost and availability of suitable opportunities for students. This paper will outline how one model of student practitioner
skills training, the dedicated education unit (DEU) has been adapted for an undergraduate psychology WIL program and successfully implemented within a number of secondary education institutions. In these units, third year psychology students, individually or in small work teams, design, develop and implement positive psychoeducational
training to secondary students identified as at risk of disengagement from education and training. The benefits of using the DEU model for undergraduate psychology skills training will be discussed, along with analysis of student and host evaluations on the impact of the experience in developing the student sense of career adaptability, employability and professionalism. Additionally, it will review the outcomes from and lessons learned during the first three years of this project. Discussion will outline how effective the model has been in addressing the issues of resourcing, availability of opportunity to students, dealing with student variability in terms of readiness for compulsory, practice-based courses and the process of integrating such experiences purposefully into the undergraduate psychology curriculum.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 22:52
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 00:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychology graduates; work experience; practice placement; interviewing skills; work integrated learning
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26528

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