PSYCH543-22X (HAM)

The Practice of Community Psychology

60 Points

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Paper Description

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The aim of this paper (PSYCH543) is to, through supervising students' day-to-day practice throughout the period of enrolment, develop skills in the practice of Community Psychology. Students who have completed this course will have develped skill sin applying psychological knowledge to practical concerns in the field of community psychology. The University will provide supervision in addition to the supervision provided by the employer, and will work with the employer to make sure appropriate training is provided.

A Project/Casework Folio is submitted which provides a description of the student's work (a summary of their Weekly Practice Log completed for PSYCH541), the major projects and reports completed and a summary of their professional work roles. Reflection of the work engaged throughout the internship period will include comment on the ethical and professional issues faced and how these were addressed.

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Paper Structure

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This is a one-year, post-masters, qualification that once completed will enable registration as a psychologist. While undertaking the 3 papers concurrently students will need to qualify, and be accepted by the New Zealand Psychologist's Board, for registration as an "intern psychologist". Intern psychologists will need to undertake intensive supervised professional practice. This opportunity to develop practical skills in applying psychological techniques to a range of issues in a fair and culturally sensitive manner takes into account the increasing recognition of Māori as tangata whenua and diversity in New Zealand society.

Students enrol in all three papers either full-time or part-time. Students enrol in this paper (PSYCH543) concurrently with PSYCH541 and PSYCH542. Combined with these, PSYCH543 involves regular coursework/supervision updates. This paper (PSYCH543) 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 preparation of all paperwork relating to the PGDipPsych(Comm).The PGDipPracPsych(Comm) takes twelve months full-time or twenty four months part-time (ie. half-time) to complete. Papers are taken concurrently:

  • Full-time students are required to provide weekly updates that alternate in focus between coursework and supervision.
  • Part-time students are required to provide fortnightly coursework updates and attend relevant supervision meetings.
All students who enrol in the PGDipPracPsych(Comm) are required to attend a introduction sessions. The weekly (full-time) or fortnightly (part-time) updates or meetings will take place with appropriate breaks scheduled to allow for public holidays, intern work commitments (ie. travel) and teaching recess.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Developments within the profession

    Demonstrated knowledge of developments that enhance the ability of ethnic and cultural communities to become self-determining in a manner consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

    Linked to the following assessments:
    Weekly Professional Practice Log (1)
    Project/Casework Folio (2)
  • Psychology as a social science
    The use of psychology and social science in the pursuit of social justice for individuals, groups and communities
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Project/Casework Folio (2)
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All assessment for the PGDipPracPsych(Comm) is on a pass/fail basis. A final oral examination is undertaken in which a formally convened panel reviews assessment across all three papers and examines the student's competence in relation to the Community Psychology core competencies. To be eligible to proceed to examination, students will need to have:
  • regularly attended coursework/supervision meetings, and
  • undertaken the pre-examination review meeting, and
  • submitted all of the following:
    • 5 case studies (3 of which have been externally reviewed; PSYCH541)
    • their completed weekly practice logs(PSYCH542)
    • their case work folio (PSYCH543)
    • all supervisor assessments
    • stakeholder feedback
All work submitted to the examination panel must have been reviewed and approved as appropriate for examination by the University supervisor.
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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. Weekly Professional Practice Log
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Project/Casework Folio
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Attend coursework/supervision meetings
  • Presentation: In Class
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:
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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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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: PSYC720

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