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Aims

The UNSW Counselling and Psychological Service [CAPS] internship program aims to provide a placement to post-graduate psychology students which will foster further conceptual learning and hands-on therapeutic experience with a diverse university population.

Background

CAPS provides the students of UNSW with session-limited, individual counselling and psychological assistance, as well as group workshops related to academic, personal and psychological matters. We also provide crisis intervention and referral, and consultation to the greater university population including academic staff. All counsellors are registered psychologists with a wide range of experience and clinical orientation. Many counsellors are members of, or eligible for membership with, the APS Counselling or Clinical Colleges. Please see https://student.unsw.edu.au/individual-counselling for further information on the Counselling Service.

The University of New South Wales (www.unsw.edu.au) has a vibrant, diverse student body of approximately 50,000 from over 120 countries. A large proportion of the students are international students; in addition, many students live permanently in Australia but were born overseas. Students presenting at CAPS have a wide range of issues and concerns including, but not limited to, academic progress and study difficulties, depression, anxiety, relationship and family problems, trauma, and psychosis.

Internship basics

It is best that a CAPS internship follows the UNSW academic calendar. This is to ensure the fullest learning experience for the intern psychologist and meet the needs of the Service. Generally Semester 1 internships begin mid-February and can run until late June. Semester 2 internships begin mid-July and can run until late November. In order to obtain the recommended 250 placement hours, it will be expected that interns attend the placement 2 days per week. The ideal schedule would include two full days (9am-5pm) along with Wednesdays from 9am-1pm. This ensures students can participate fully in team meetings, peer supervision and professional development activities.

Interns will begin the placement with a thorough work place induction with opportunity to observe the service and the psychologists at work. Interns will be expected to graduate from observation to progressively taking on duties considered appropriate for the intern’s level of competence. Duties include individual counselling to UNSW students. There will also be an expectation for interns to participate in and/or assist in developing some workshop/group offerings. Finally interns will also be expected to conduct a formal case presentation and/or present on an area of interest or expertise.

In keeping with current placement expectations, at least one hour of supervision weekly will be individual. Both individual and group supervision will be provided. Individual supervision will be with one of the staff psychologists, to be assigned according to the requirements of the student’s psychology program. In addition interns will participate in Peer Review Group meetings with other members of the clinical team. This is to provide interns the opportunity to share knowledge, discuss clinical issues of shared interest, formulate and present clinical cases in a peer setting.

Intern requirements

  • Provisional Registration as a Psychologist in AHPRA or current full registration (include proof with application)
  • Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance
  • Ability to attend the internship during specified dates and days. (Some exceptions may be considered)
  • Competence in clinical assessment and formulation, cultural sensitivity, comfort in treating a range of clinical presentations
  • Willingness to complete a Working with Children check prior to seeing clients
  • Current enrollment in a Masters-level (or higher) degree program in Psychology
  • At least 500 previously completed placement hours or relevant experience in face-to-face counseling

Internship suitability

 The internship is best suited for

  • Students who can work fairly independently, are comfortable seeing a number of clients and are already reasonably confident in their face-to-face assessment, diagnostic and counselling skills
  • Students who have completed at least two placements (preferably CAPS will be the intern’s final placement)
  • Students who seek to gain experience with a diverse university clientele
  • Students who take an active role in their learning and supervision

Application and Contact

Those interested in applying for an internship at UNSW CAPS can forward the following to CAPS Internship Coordinator

  • Either a completed application or cover letter outlining:
    • Previous clinical experience describing setting, type of treatment provided and hours completed
    • Goals for CAPS placement including a description of how this placement will contribute to your development as a psychologist
    • Hours needed and days available
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume

Tiffany M Reichert, PhD
Internship Coordinator
Counselling and Psychological Services
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2052
P: 9385 5418     F: 9385 6115
t.reichert@unsw.edu.au

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