Application for Accreditation Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Limited (apac)


Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Psychology (Area of Specialisation)



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Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Psychology (Area of Specialisation)

This section of the application form relates to Section5.5: Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Psychology (Area of Specialisation) of the APAC Standards for Psychology Courses.

Please complete the following summary table for each conversion course.



Degree Title:

Course coordinator:

Year Level

Units Required

Unit Name

% of Year

Core or Elective?













































































































































































































































Please complete the following section for each course listed above.

2.3.13: Course title:

Relevant Area of Practice Endorsement:

Please outline:



  • 5.5: Course objectives and / or rationale.

Entry Requirements


Please outline:

  • 5.5.1: Entry requirements.

  • Selection procedures.

Length of the Course


  • 5.5.2: How many semesters is the course?

Course Structure


Please outline the course structure.

Resources

  • 5.1.5: Outline the facilities available to the School or Department for training students in interviewing, testing and assessment.


  • 5.1.6: Does the test library should hold a sufficient range of tests and sufficient copies in the area of specialisation for each course, where relevant, to meet the needs of that course?

Credit for Previous Study/Experience


5.4.12: Please outline policies for granting credit or advance standing for previous studies.

Coursework


Please detail the arrangements in place to ensure that:

  • 5.5.5: Additional supervised placement is linked to additional coursework.

  • 5.5.5: All topics required for the second or additional speciality are covered either in the original postgraduate training in psychology, or by additional units in the course.

Please complete the following table outlining how the course provides education in the additional core topics defined by the relevant APS College in the Approval Guidelines:

Topic

Name of unit/s the topic appears in

Year unit/s offered












































If the course is in a specialisation not offered at Masters or Doctoral level, please also answer the questions in the Professional Master of Psychology / PhD and Doctor of Psychology section relevant to the course.

Log Book


  • 5.1.17: Outline log book content and procedure.

Please have available a selection of log books for inspection by APAC during the site visit.

Practicum


Please detail the arrangements in place to ensure that:

  • 5.5.3: Additional 500 hours of relevant placement experience is supervised by psychologist(s) who are members of the additional APS College or hold an Area of Practice Endorsement.

  • 5.3.21: Please complete the following table:

    Field Supervisors

    Name

    Registration Status

    APS College Eligibility Status or Area of Practice Endorsement






























































  • 5.3.23: Are all field supervisors fully registered psychologists with at least two years relevant experience as a psychologist since registration?

Please make available copies of the following for inspection by APAC during the site visit:

  • 5.3.21: Curriculum vitae of all field supervisors.

  • 5.3.22: Reports and case notes written by the student bearing the signature of the responsible supervisor.

  • 5.3.27: Supervision contracts.

  • 5.3.28: Interim placement reviews.



  • 5.1.3: Are the members of staff responsible for practical placement supervision registered psychologists and does each member satisfy one of the following;

(a) currently holds membership of the appropriate APS College or

(b) has held membership of the relevant APS College in the past or

(c) currently holds an area of practice endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia or

(d) has held the appropriate category of specialist registration with the Psychologists Board of Western Australia in the past or

(e) has been assessed by the APS as eligible for membership of the appropriate APS College.



  • Please specify for each staff member responsible for practical placement supervision which of the above categories they satisfy:




  • 5.3.17: Please outline how education and training in practical professional skills and knowledge, including ethics, is provided in the course prior to the first placement.

    • Please outline the requirements and facilities available for training students in interviewing, testing and assessment prior to and during placements.

  • 5.3.18: How many total hours of placement are students required to complete?

  • 5.3.18 to 5.3.20: Please outline placement requirements of students.

  • 5.3.19: How are placements selected?

  • 5.3.23: How are supervisors selected?

  • 5.3.26: Is the member of staff who is the placement coordinator a registered psychologist and eligible for membership of the appropriate APS College or Area of Practice Endorsement?

  • 5.3.23 and 5.3.24: How is supervision organised?

  • 5.3.25: Do students on placement receive one hour of direct contact by their supervisor for every 7.5 hours of placement?

  • 5.3.25: How are placement and supervision hours calculated?

  • 5.3.27 to 5.3.29: What arrangements are in place to monitor and assess student progress during placements?

Assessment

5.1.18: Please make available de-identified copies of a range of marked assignments for each assessment task in each unit within the program for inspection by APAC during the site visit.

5.1.19: Please outline the procedures in place to ensure that:


  • Standards are maintained and that all assessment and awarding of final marks or grades is treated with the utmost care and attention.

  • Student appeals are dealt with appropriately.

  • Cases of plagiarism or other instances of unethical conduct are dealt with appropriately.

  • Students must be required to pass each and every component of the course before the degree can be awarded.


Postgraduate Appendices


Please include in this section all appendices relating to accreditation of the postgraduate program.

Unit Profiles


Code and name of unit:

Year level and semester (e.g., fifth, sixth):

Coordinator:

Other staff teaching in the unit:

Length of unit (e.g. full year, one semester):

Format of unit (e.g. 1x1 hour lecture and 1x2 hour tutorial weekly):

Value of unit as a percentage of the year:

Any other special requirements of the unit (e.g. placements, additional computing time):

Synopsis of unit (Please provide a succinct description of the unit, stating the objectives of the unit and the unit outline):

Required reading/texts for the unit:

Assessment and requirements for the unit including percentage weighting for each assessment:

Information given to students at the start of the unit:


Postgraduate Handbook


If the Postgraduate Handbook is available on the Education Provider’s website the URL will be sufficient, if not, please include a copy in this application

Postgraduate Research Manual

If the Postgraduate Research Manual is available on the Education Provider’s website the URL will be sufficient, if not, please include a copy in this application


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