Helping provisional psychologists

Career Coaching and Career Longevity

Uncategorized Oct 07, 2021
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Career Coaching and Career Longevity
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Have you ever considered booking supervision with a career coach? Provisional Psychologists and Aspiring Provisional Psychologists are undergoing significant development and change at this point of their career pathway and often don't realise that this time is an opportunity to check in with someone experienced in organisational psychology.

Board Approved Supervision during your internship isn't always about your clients, it can often be about you! The contribution you make to your role and if what you are doing is the right thing for you.

We recommend marking some checkpoints in your pathway every 3 to 6 months to stop and assess your progress and reflect on your current status. Book some time with a career coach to help you unpack that reflection and ensure you are making the best choices for you and your pathway.

Taking this time to stop and reflect can often save you years of missed opportunities and doesn't need to take any time out of your internship if you include it as part...

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Exclusive! New Website Preview

 

Provisional Psychologist Hub has grown immensely in the last 3 years and as our services increase, we are excited to share that we will be launching a new website to cater to the needs of all those people who reach out to us for support.

Our new site will include some great new webpages including information specifically for employers. We will add a Provisional Psychologist Hub careers page for Board Approved Supervisors, professional development pages for aspiring provisional psychologists, and an increased number of stand-alone workshops for everyone. You will see pages dedicated to NPE Exam Preparation, Psychometric Assessment, Case Reporting and Career Coaching and you will find most services easy to navigate directly from the home page including your professional development and supervision booking portals.

The new website will give us the opportunity to provide more information on our Board Approved Supervisors as we include a list of key areas of experience alongside their...

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Know your Supervision Ratio!

Uncategorized Aug 31, 2021
 

For those of you completing the 4+2 and 5+1 Internship programs, please take the opportunity to check that you are undertaking the correct amount of supervision for your psychological practice hours.

As per the Guidelines, you are required to complete 1 hour of supervision for every 17 hours of psychological practice.

Ensuring you stay on top of this requirement is an obligation of your internship program and is checked by the Psychology Board of Australia every 6 months at each progress report.

It is imperative that you receive the minimum requirements of supervision for the amount of psychological practice you are undertaking!

Do you need to check your supervision ratio? If you are completing the 4+2 or 5+1 internship, add your cumulative direct client contact + cumulative client related hour = psychological practice hours!

Divide your total psychological practice hours by 17. This is the amount of supervision you SHOULD have. Now check how much supervision you have logged. If you...

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Professional Development and your Internship!

Professional development is an important component to the 4+2 and 5+1 internships and in fact, it is integral to the ongoing practice as a psychologist. In an evolving profession, professional development helps psychologists to maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, gain competence, and develop the qualities expected in their professional practice.

Professional development during internships involves practice-based learning activities focused on achieving the core competencies. At PPH we have designed professional development to specifically promote your development as a provisional psychologist.

We cover topics that we think are essential to practice as a psychologist, and mirror the 8 areas of competency allowing you to also prepare for the National Psychology Exam. For example Ethics, Intervention (working with children and adults), and Assessment. You will be provided with practical resources to complement your training.

Other topics include but are not limited to;...

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Psychometric Assessment Requirements

It is a requirement of both 4+2 and 5+1 internships that supervisors must oversee the development of all the skills and knowledge required for Assessment and Measurement. By the end of the internship, the provisional psychologist must achieve proficiency in the administration, scoring and interpretation and reporting of different psychological tests and instruments chosen from the national psychology examination curriculum.

For the 4+2 Internship, provisional psychologists must competently administer, score, interpret and report on nine psychometric assessments. These must include:

  • one adult test of intelligence
  • one child test of intelligence
  • one specialised test of memory
  • two standardised personality tests, and
  • four other tests selected from the National psychology examination curriculum.

The PsyBA requires each assessment be administered, scored and interpreted as many times as necessary to achieve competence, with a minimum of at least 2 administrations directly observed by the...

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Board Approved Supervision Requirements

Supervision is an interactive process between a provisional psychologist and a supervisor. It provides the provisional psychologist with a professionally stimulating and supportive opportunity for growth. Supervision of the provisional psychologist’s professional practice during the internship period is completed by Board-Approved Supervisors. 

The purpose of supervision is to guide and provide feedback on the provisional psychologist’s practice and to assess personal, professional and educational development in the context of their experience of providing safe, appropriate and high-quality care to clients. Supervision involves a mentoring relationship in which the supervisor provides supportive direction, facilitative activities, and instructive critique to help provisional psychologists to achieve their professional goals. In particular, the supervisor oversees the provisional psychologist’s application of procedures and tasks to help them achieve the eight...

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Understanding the Application Process

You’ve done it! Congratulations! You’ve landed a job to help you secure your provisional registration. Now what? At this point, there are a few things you need to sort out - and quickly! 

This is when we recommend you contact us at Provisional Psychologist Hub to avoid delays in the application process for provisional registration.


Look at how much supervision is required for your role (e.g. full-time is 2 hours per week, part-time is 1.5 hours) and secure your principal supervisor and secondary supervisors. You may need to source either one or both supervisors externally to your work role if there are no Board Approved Supervisors provided at your employer. We can help you with that at Provisional Psychologist Hub (PPH).


Secondly, complete all paperwork for your application for provisional registration and for your internship program plan. PPH can assist you with navigating the application process and provide you with guidance when completing your;

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Getting Prepared for the Interview!

Congratulations on landing an interview! You’ve stood out from the crowd and you’ve been shortlisted for an interview. So what now? 

Our biggest tip… dress professionally! It’s better to be overdressed and then moderate your attire at a later stage based on the organisations code of conduct and workplace dress code. First impressions count so demonstrate that you take the role seriously.

Equally as important to your first impression is demonstrating that you have researched the company/service/organisation. Knowing what that organisation is about and what role you are interviewing for is imperative.

Prepare questions for your prospective employer. This demonstrates that you have done some research and you are keen and motivated for the role that you are applying for. If you are not 100% clear on the hours required and the expected workload – ask! You may also discover questions after the initial interview that you can ask if you successfully make...

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Finding Psychological Practice

Finding Psychological Practice is the key piece of the application process that will allow you to apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration.

So where do I find Psychological practice? What should I be looking for?

Psychological practise settings may include the following:

  • clinical, counselling
  • organisations,
  • neuropsychological,
  • health,
  • education and developmental,
  • community,
  • sport and exercise
  • forensic

Workplaces where psychological practice is conducted includes:

  • corporations
  • educational settings
  • government departments
  • health, welfare and community agencies,
  • group private practices
  • non-profit organisations

There are lots of different types of psychological practice and lots of different types of workplace settings. The key here is that there are lots of different ways and places to find psychological practice so broaden your search.

Psychological practice involves direct client contact and client-related activities of a psychological...

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CV and Resume Tips for Provisional Psychologists.

As part of your application for General Registration as a Psychologist, you will need to supply AHPRA with your curriculum vitae. There is a standard format that you should follow (available here https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Process/Standard-Format-for-Curriculum-Vitae.aspx).

 

We have been employers of Provisional Psychologists and General Psychologists for many years now so here are some of our tips for a resume or curriculum vitae that stands out from the crowd which is the purpose of your CV! Get yourself shortlisted and get to the next step – the interview. But first things first…

 

Set yourself up for success. As part of your provisional registration journey, we recommend setting up your resume as per the APHRA format and adding to and updating it as you progress through your internship.

 

It’s a great idea to have a professional curriculum vitae that includes relevant industry information that sits apart from a resume...

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