PSYC541-21X (HAM)

Case Study Analysis in Community Psychology

40 Points

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The aim of this paper (PSYCH541) is for students to learn how to apply and demonstrate their application of community psychology principles, values, knowledge and skills to practice. This involves recognising how psychological and other relevant theory and research can be applied to particular needs faced in practice, developing evidence based interventions, and evaluating effectiveness of processes and interventions. Written case studies that link formal literature to real life issues of professional practice are an effective wayof demonstrating knowledge consolidation. They also provide a means by which to evaluate expertise in professional work and scholarship.

Case studies can be focused at individual, group, local community, town or organisational levels. By using case studies, this paper aims to provide an effective tool for student learning and professional development. More details regarding the writing of 5x Case Studies is found in the Guidelines for writing Case Studies provided in the PGDipPracPsych(Comm) Internship Handbook.

Students enrol in this paper (PSYCH541) concurrently with PSYCH542 and PSYCH543. Combined with these, PSYCH541 involves regular coursework/supervision meetings. This paper (PSYCH541) has a particular focus on coursework. The meetings will cover material relevant for the practice of community psychology and will help to develop professional skills and knowledge, as well as aid in the writing of the case studies.

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This paper (PSYCH541) is taken concurrently with PSYCH542 and PSYCH543. Combined with these, PSYCH541 involves regular supervision meetings. This paper (PSYCH542) has a particular focus on supervision.The meetings will cover material relevant for the practice of community psychology and will help to develop professional skills and knowledge, as well as aid in the writing of the case studies.

The case studies are designed to devleop students practice skills across the bradth aof their specialisation and enable demonstration of the core competencies of the PGDipPracPsych(Comm). During the course of a student's enrolment they will identify, with guidance from their supervisor, a set of 5 case studies focused on different aspects of their work setting for completion. The aim is to select a set of cases that cover a wide range of topics ( for example, social issues, community development, social policy development, programme evaluation, health promotion, social change) which together enable demonstration of the core competencies of hte PGDipPracPsych(Comm) and practice skills across the breadth of the student's specialisation. Your case studies must focus on your development in the context of your organisation setting. Case studies must include the following core competencies:

  • Cultural safety
  • Ethical appropriateness
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Biculturalism
  • Community and Organisational Processes and Interventions
  • Specialist Competencies

Case studies have a maximum word limit of 4000 words each (excluding summary, abstract, refrences, appendices)

Students must have three of their case studies externally reviewed by a Community Psychology practitioner. Students will be assisted with this process by their University supervisor.

The University supervisor will review a maximum of two drafts on no more than three case studies to ensure that it is of a standard suitable to proceed to examination.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively to different audiences
    Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate effective communication of issues relevant to their work contexts (in supervision, their case studies) and to different audiences
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Discusion of issues arising from Weekly Professional Practice Log (1)
    Discussion of Professional/ethical issues raised by students (2)
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of relevant literature
    Students will negotiate the inclusion of appropriate literature, that will be discussed in supervision, that informs their practice and are considered relevant for inclusion in their case studies.
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Discussion of recent research relevant to their case studies (3)
    Case Study Analysis (4)
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Assessment

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Your University supervisor will review and provide feedback on a maximum of two drafts of each case study to ensure that it is of a standard suitable to proceed to examination. The stipulations in relation to the number of drafts reviewed is related to investing adequate time into the preparation of your case studies. In addition, you must have at least three of your case studies reviewed by an external practitioner. You will be assisted in finding an external reviewer by your University supervisor. The external practitioner(s) will review your case study primarily in relation to its suitability for submission to the final examination panel. Within the Internship Handbook is a template that will guide both your University supervisor and your external reviewer in determining whether each case study is suitable for submission to the final examination panel.

Only case studies rated 1 or 2 on the criteria may be submitted for examination. A rating of 3 indicates there are significant areas of concern which must be addressed before the case study would be judged suitable for submission for your final examination. All case studies are required to have sign off from your university supervisor prior to being submitted for your final oral examination.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Discusion of issues arising from Weekly Professional Practice Log
10
  • In Class: In Workshop
2. Discussion of Professional/ethical issues raised by students
10
  • In Class: In Workshop
3. Discussion of recent research relevant to their case studies
10
  • In Class: In Workshop
4. Case Study Analysis
70
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Community Psychology PGDiPracPsych(Comm) Internship Handbook - this document is updated regularly and is available via the University of Waikato website: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/postgraduate-diploma-in-the-practice-of-psychology/community-psychology
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Recommended Readings

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Access to an online version of the latest/current handbook can be found here.
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Online Support

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Information related to the PGDipPracPsych(Comm) is located in the Community Psychology Moodle Page
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Workload

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To complete this paper, students must be in appropriate (40 weeks full-time or 80 weeks part-time) employment, that can be either paid or unpaid, in an organisation that provides them with the opportunity to practice significantly in community psychology. This position will serve as the basis for the internship. Students must complete a minimum of 1500 hours of appropriate practical experience, with appropriate supervision to complete this paper.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Students are expected to enrol in PSYCH541, PSYCH542 and PSYCH543 concurrently. This means that each paper is directly relevant to the other and should be considered as a programme of learning.

Part way through the enrolment, a mid-internship review will take place. The mid-internship review is an opportunity to take stock of your progress and identify areas you need to work on in the time remaining before the final oral examination. It is also an important milestone for updating your learning plan (see Internship Handbook p 15). It will be conducted at the mid-point of your internship (after six months for full-time students; twelve months for part-time students) or as soon thereafter as possible. At least two, but preferably three, of your case studies should have been completed before the review. These case studies will be madeavailable to the people conducting your review.
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Restricted papers: PSYC721

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