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

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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." 48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013): Psychology for a Healthy Nation. Cairns, Australia 08 - 12 Oct 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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Reducing resource requirements and costs of work-based skills training for undergraduate psychology students: implementing the dedicated education unit model in work integrated learning

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AuthorO'Shea, A.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013)
ERA Conference ID50300
Year2013
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Conference/Event48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013): Psychology for a Healthy Nation
Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference
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48th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2013): Psychology for a Healthy Nation
Event Date
08 to end of 12 Oct 2013
Event Location
Cairns, Australia
Event Details
Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference
APS Annual Conference
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.

Keywordspsychology graduates; work experience; practice placement; interviewing skills; work integrated learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440902. Counselling, wellbeing and community services
390114. Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Counselling
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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