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.