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A new education pathway for postgraduate psychology students: challenges and opportunities


Reupert, A and Davis, M and Stewart, S and Bridgman, H, A new education pathway for postgraduate psychology students: challenges and opportunities, Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 58, (2) pp. 225-245. ISSN 1443-1394 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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n Australia, the limited number of psychology postgraduate places, coupled with a high demand for mental health and psychological services underscores the need for new, innovative models of psychology training. The objectives of this paper are to describe the 5 + 1 internship pathway; why it was developed; the pedagogy employed and to stimulate debate regarding training models for Australia’s future psychology workforce. Information outlined in this paper is drawn from the public domain and our collective experiences as fifth year coordinators and/or stakeholders in developing Australia’s psychology workforce. The content of the fifth year program is applied and practical. Content is generalist as opposed to specialist, while pedagogical approaches employed are predominately experiential. The fifth year program lends itself to integration with other training models. Perceptions that the training is inferior to specialist programs need to be challenged. Online offerings are a priority to ensure training is available for students in rural and remote areas or seeking flexible modes of delivery.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:psychology training, graduate, employability, rural workforce
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Bridgman, H (Dr Heather Bridgman)
ID Code:128468
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2018-09-24
Last Modified:2019-04-01

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