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1 JUMPSTART YOUR SCIENCE CAREER Thursday 16 April 2015

2 PATHWAYS IN PSYCHOLOGY: CAREERS AND REGISTRATION 16 April 2015

3 SESSION FORMAT Pathways In Psychology: Careers and the Registration Process 6:05 Introductions 6:10 Speakers Sadhana Raju School of Psychology, University of Sydney Matt Jessimer Professional Officer - Psychology Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 7:00 Q&A 7:15 Session concludes 7:20 Refreshments and informal networking in the foyer 8:15 Event closes 3

4 CAREERS CENTRE FREE SERVICES Extensive Jobs Database Subscribe to Job Alert s Careers Fairs & Employer Information Sessions on campus Career Workshops Resumes, Cover Letters, Job Applications, Interview Technique, Employability, Careers In Information about Graduate Programs Careers Resource Centre (Monday Friday: 9 am to 5 pm) Individual consultations with Career Development Officers Level 5 Jane Foss Russell Building T:

5 PSYCHOLOGY SCIENCE PROFESSION Accredited MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY (3 YEARS) Accredited HONOURS OR 4 th YEAR EQUIVALENT IN PSYCHOLOGY (1 YEAR) REGISTRATION Careers USING Psychology Careers AS a Psychologist And/Or USING Psychology

6 The skills gained during a major include: MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY (3 YEARS) ü Communication skills ü Teamwork and leadership ü Problem solving and analytical skills ü Familiarity with SPSS ü Understanding of research design, data analysis and interpretation HONOURS IN PSYCHOLOGY Project management

7 Graduate Opportunities Using Psychology With Major Advertising/Marketing Management consulting Market & Social Research Public Relations Recruitment / HR Correctional services Child welfare Health promotions Occupational health & safety Public Health Graduate positions in private and public sectors With Honours All of these PLUS Basic Research in Psychology (e.g. Neuroscience, Cognitive Science) Applied Research (e.g. Traffic accident research, psychooncology, educational methods) 7

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19 PSYCHOLOGY SCIENCE PROFESSION Accredited MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY (3 YEARS) Accredited HONOURS OR 4 th YEAR EQUIVALENT IN PSYCHOLOGY (1 YEAR) REGISTRATION Careers USING Psychology Careers AS a Psychologist And/Or USING Psychology

20 AHPRA and the PsyBA 2015 Matt Jessimer AHPRA Professional Officer

21 Today s talk Structure - AHPRA Why psychologists are registered Pathways to registration Area of practice endorsement Registrar program Notifications Questions 2

22 AHPRA Structure Ministerial Council Advisory Council National Boards Agency Management Committee Advice Accreditation Authorities National Committees Support National Office Contract State/ Territory/ Regional Boards Support State and Territory Offices 3

23 In NSW NSW State Government Minister for Health Ministerial Council Advisory Council Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Agency Management Committee Health Care Complaints Commission Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) National AHPRA Office Health Professionals Council Authority Support Psychology Council of NSW NSW Regional Board Support NSW AHPRA Office Conduct, health & performance Registration 4

24 1. Why are psychologists registered? Psychologists are dangerous Risk to the public warrants legislative oversight Clientele are: Vulnerable, easily exploited Can be at significant risk to self and others Have serious mental health problems that should receive evidence-based interventions from appropriately qualified professionals

25 2. Why register as a psychologist? Use of title psychologist Most employers require registration Access to government funded schemes Medicare, Work Cover, Veteran Affairs Protects the public

26 3.1 Qualified Successful completion of an APAC accredited four-year sequence of study in psychology, or Overseas qualifications that are substantially equivalent 3.2 Suitable person No impairment that would detrimentally affect capacity to practice English language competence Criminal history

27 4. Pathways to general registration HIGHER DEGREE 2 year full-time internship (or equivalent part-time) 5 th year degree PLUS 1 year full-time internship (or part-time) Masters, Doctorate or combined degree (Masters/PhD) PsyBA exam 3 case studies PsyBA exam 2 case studies Uni requirements for completion General registration General registration General registration

28 pathway Four-year accredited sequence of study in Psychology followed by two year Board-approved internship Must hold provisional registration throughout internship Placement: 3080 hours overall minimum 17.5 hours per week minimum two years, maximum five years 1114 hours direct client contact Professional development 60 hours per year

29 pathway Supervision requirements appoint a principal and secondary supervisor 176 hours overall one hour supervision per 17.5 hours of practice Submit six-monthly progress reports To qualify for general registration: Complete the internship Pass three case studies (submitted to AHPRA) Pass National Psychology Examination

30 pathway Four-year accredited sequence of study in Psychology Followed by an APAC accredited 5 th year of study (Graduate Diploma or Masters of Professional Psychology) Followed by a one-year internship program (1540 hours) To qualify for general registration: Complete the internship Pass two case studies (submitted to AHPRA) Pass National Psychology Examination

31 pathway Fifth year Degree in Professional Psychology (Macquarie, ACAP, and Wollongong) One year full-time General training in core capabilities required for professional practice Coursework 300 hours of practica and skills training

32 9. Potential employers: 4+2 & 5+1 internship NSW Health Department of Defence ADHC Juvenile Justice Headspace Corrective services Centacare, Anglicare, Catholic Care, Uniting Care, Mission Aust etc. DEC, Catholic schools, private schools Drug and alcohol services Gambling services Rehabilitation providers Private practices And many others...

33 & 5+1 Work roles The Board does not provide assistance in finding a placement It is rare for a provisional psychologist to be employed in a role with the title Provisional psychologist or Intern psychologist. Other roles to consider include: Counsellor School counsellor Rehabilitation consultant Mental health clinician Child and family worker Drug and alcohol counsellor Clinician Allied health consultant Therapist

34 11. Higher degree pathway Professional APAC accredited degrees - coursework, placement, applied research Research-only degrees (eg PhD) are not recognised by the Board Apply for provisional registration when enroll in the degree Apply for general registration when complete the degree Exempt from the National Psychology Exam until 30 June 2016

35 12. Pros & cons of the pathways HIGHER DEGREE ü More specialised ü Generalist? ü Generalist? ü Uni provides training, placement, supervision ü Status ü Can lead to area of practice endorsement ü Portability O Competitive entry ü Earn money ü May have equivalence in Europe ü Uni training in psychological skills ü May be perceived by employers as preferable to 4+2 O Can be difficult to organise ü Earn money O Lacks portability to other countries O Can be difficult to organise O Cost O Cannot become endorsed O Cannot become endorsed? Examination? Examination

36 13. Pathway to endorsement HIGHER DEGREE General registration General registration General registration Not qualified for endorsement Not qualified for endorsement Registrar program (1-2 years supervised practice) Area of practice endorsement e.g. clinical, forensic etc.

37 14. Registrar program Requirements of the registrar program: Complete the higher degree, and Apply to AHPRA to commence the registrar program hours of supervised practice (if Masters) hours of supervised practice (if PhD/Masters) hours of supervised practice (if Doctorate) Apply for endorsement on completion of the registrar program 18

38 15. Why should I hold an endorsement? Informs the public of your qualifications and experience Use of title e.g., clinical psychologist Supervise higher degree students on placement Provide principal supervision to psychology registrars Some employers require endorsement Note: National Law protects title, not practice 19

39 16. National Psychology Exam Exam commenced in July 2013 Higher degree graduates are exempt (until 30 June 2016) Assess applied psychological knowledge and competencies Multiple choice (150 questions in 3.5 hours) Curriculum and reading list available on Board s website To be taken by: o Applicants for general registration on completion of 4+2 internship (after July 2014) o Applicants for general registration on completion of 5+1 internship (after July 2014) o Overseas qualified applicants (from July 2013) o Those not meeting the Recency of practice standard 20

40 17. Maintaining general registration Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 30 hours (including 10 hours of peer consultation) Recency of practice Must have practiced as a registered psychologist in the past 5 years Impairment Do not have an impairment that is likely to affect practice Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Must not practice without PII 21

41 18. Mandatory Notifications where the practitioner has: (a) practised their profession while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs; or (b) engaged in sexual misconduct in connection with the practice of their profession; or (c) placed the public at risk of substantial harm in their practice of the profession because the practitioner has an impairment; or (d) placed the public at risk of harm because the practitioner has practised the profession in a way that constitutes a significant departure from accepted professional standards. 22

42 19. Voluntary Notifications (complaints) Where the threshold for a Mandatory notification is not met. Typically, complaints are made about: impairment lack of competence criminal behaviour unethical conduct 23

43 20. Outcomes: Notifications / complaints Managed by NSW Psychology Council: Request a health assessment Impose conditions on registration (usually around accessing treatment and attending supervision) Order that the psychologist complete a specified educational course Caution or reprimand Suspend registration Cancel registration 24

44 21. Example: Fail to report sexual abuse Psychologist supervising a Clinical Masters provisional psychologist on placement Client/father disclosed to intern of inappropriately touching his two young daughters at night in bed Neither the intern or the supervisor reported this Intern proceeded to involve one of the daughters in cotherapy with the father despite this being a) beyond her competence, and b)inappropriate in the circumstances Outcome: Registration cancelled (both) 25

45 22. Example: Boundaries Former patient employed at psychologist s clinic immediately after termination of therapeutic relationship Tribunal decided the psychologist had little knowledge of her ethical responsibilities regarding multiple relationships Patient records altered so as to not indicate further appointments had been scheduled Outcome: Caution and conditions re: supervision 26

46 23. Example: Record keeping Three letters and some diary notes for 20 months of treatment Explanation proffered - excellent memory, orientation of practice (existential/experiential therapy), and need to build trust of the patient by not making notes - were all rejected by the Tribunal Unprofessional conduct of a serious nature Outcome: Reprimand and a fine Simply put, all psychologists must keep adequate, current, upto-date records of treatment of clients. Notes should also be of sufficient detail to permit planning for continuity in the delivery of psychological services 27

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