4+2 and 5+1 Pathways

Our programs for the 5+1 and 4+2 registration pathways have been designed to assist you to meet your competencies required by the PsyBA in order to obtain full registration. 

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4+2 Pathway

PPH’s 4+2 Psychology Internship Program meets the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) for registration as a provisional psychologist. Our flexible program is designed to help ensure that you can fit in the demands of the program alongside your work. You will receive professional development to enchance your knowledge, skills and confidence paired with group and individual supervision (depending on your level of membership). The program will enable you to meet the core competencies and requirements outlined by the PsyBA. 

The core competencies are;

  1. Knowledge of the discipline
  2. Ethical, legal and professional matters
  3. Psychological assessment and measurement
  4. Intervention strategies
  5. Research and evaluation
  6. Communication and interpersonal relationships
  7. Working within a cross-cultural context
  8. Practice across the lifespan.

Internships

4+2 pathway to general registration

Objectives

To develop knowledge, practical skills and confidence across the eight core competencies in general psychological practice identified by the psychology board of Australia (PsyBA) in order to be eligible for general registration as a psychologist.

Length

2 years full time/ 88 weeks (min)

Supervisors

  • Principal and Secondary Supervisors
  • Combination of Individual and Group Supervision

Program

Supervision: 80 hours per year (combination of group and individual)

Professional Development: 60 hours per year

 

Other competency requirements met by the program;

  • Observations of practice (intervention & assessment)
  • Assist in development and review of case reports
  • Reports on ethical dilemmas
  • Preparation for the National Exam
  • Review of portfolio of practice documents
  • Access to, and development of competence in 9 different tests

Eligibility

You must have completed an approved 4 year tertiary psychology qualification.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

To meet PsyBA requirements, the four key learning components of the 4+2 internship are:

1. Psychological Practice

You are required to obtain work (volunteer or paid) of a psychological nature, with a minimum of 14 hours work per week.

2720 hours

  • Minimum of 88 weeks full time
  • 1000 hours direct client contact (850 hours min of real client contact plus allowance for 150 simulated)
  • 1720 hours client related activities
  • Up to 150 hours simulated

2. Supervision

We provide Board Approved Supervisors to provide individual or group supervision – principal and secondary depending on your level of membership.  To view days and times available for supervision click here.

160 hours

  • Total supervision: at an average ratio of one hour of supervision to 17 hours of psychological practice.
  • Individual: at least 100 hours.
  • At least 80 hours provided by the primary supervisor
  • Group: at most 60 hours

3. Professional Development

We provide skills based professional development delivered to your inbox weekly. You choose when you view the material. Content includes videos, handouts, worksheets, tips all designed to improve your skills, knowledge and confidence. For a full list of topics, click here.

120 hours

4. Competency Assessment Tasks and National Psychology Exam

We provide support across all core competencies. In particular, support in the development of competence in psychometric assessment, guidance and review of case reports, assistance in preparing for the National Psychology Exam.

PPH has an extensive assessment library that GOLD, PLATINUM and PLATINUM PLUS have access to. To view the library click here.

5+1 Pathway

PPH’s 5+1 Psychology Internship Program meets the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) for registration as a provisional psychologist. Our flexible program is designed to help ensure that you can fit in the demands of the program alongside your work. You will receive professional development to enhance your knowledge, skills and confidence paired with group and individual supervision (depending on your level of membership). The program will enable you to meet the core competencies and requirements outlined by the PsyBA.  The core competencies are;

  1. Knowledge of the discipline
  2. Ethical, legal and professional matters
  3. Psychological assessment and measurement
  4. Intervention strategies
  5. Research and evaluation
  6. Communication and interpersonal relationships
  7. Working within a cross-cultural context
  8. Practice across the lifespan.

Internships

5+1 pathway to general registration

Objectives

To develop knowledge, practical skills and confidence across the eight core competencies in general psychological practice identified by the psychology board of Australia (PsyBA) in order to be eligible for general registration as a psychologist.

Length

1 year full time/ 44 weeks (minimum)

Supervisors

  • Principal and Secondary Supervisors

  • Combination of Individual and Group Supervision

Program

Supervision: 80 hours per year (combination of group and individual)

Professional Development: 60 hours per year

 

Other competency requirements met by the program;

  • Observations of practice (intervention & assessment)
  • Assist in development and review of case reports
  • Reports on ethical dilemmas
  • Preparation for the National Exam
  • Review of portfolio of practice documents
  • Access to, and development of competence in 9 different tests

Eligibility

You must have completed an approved 5 year tertiary psychology qualification.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

To meet PsyBA requirements, the four key learning components of the 5+1 internship are:

1. Psychological Practice

You are required to obtain work (volunteer or paid) of a psychological nature

1500 hours (Includes PD, Supervision and Direct/Client Related work)

  • 44 weeks full time - 1360 Hours in total combined Direct /Client related hours

  • 500 hours of Direct Work

  • 860 hours of Client Related
  • 60 hours allowance for simulated activities
  • 17.5 hours to be logged per week (minimum)

2. Supervision

We provide Board Approved Supervisors to provide individual or group supervision – principal and secondary depending on your level of membership.  To view days and times available for supervision click here.

80 hours

Total supervision

  • Individual: at least 50 hours.
  • Minimum 50 hours with the Primary Supervisor
  • Group: 30 hours
  • Ratio of supervision 1 hour for every 17 hours of practice (client related + direct hours)

3. Professional Development

We provide skills based professional development delivered to your inbox weekly. You choose when you view the material. Content includes videos, handouts, worksheets, tips all designed to improve your skills, knowledge and confidence. For a full list of topics, click here.

60 hours

4. Competency Assessment Tasks and National Psychology Exam

We provide support across all core competencies. In particular, support in the development of competence in psychometric assessment, guidance and review of case reports, assistance in preparing for the National Psychology Exam.

PPH has an extensive assessment library that GOLD, PLATINUM and PLATINUM PLUS have access to. To view the library click here.

Internship Requirements

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional development is an important component to the 4+2 and 5+1 internships and in fact it is integral to 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 is led or directed by the supervisor/s and 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; working with survivors of domestic violence; working with children at risk of harm (includes how to respond to a disclosure and teach protective behaviours); trauma and children's mental health; and administration and interpretation of assessments (cognitive, memory, personality).

For supervisees who choose to join one of our memberships, our professional development is delivered via email allowing you to access it when it fits with your schedule. It minimises the time lost by attending full day training. It also takes the stress out of finding appropriate professional development as we have designed a program that is designed to support your development as a provisional psychologist.

Provisional psychologists must complete at least 60 hours (5+1) or 120 hours (4+2) of professional development activities during the internship. Our professional development includes video content, readings, worksheets, and short courses.  To be recognised for the internship professional development must be approved by the supervisor and recorded in the professional development logbook. 

Want to know more about our professional development topics, contact us at [email protected]

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ASSESSMENT LIBRARY

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 Domain 2: assessment of the national psychology examination curriculum. By the end of the internship the provisional psychologist must achieve proficiency in the administration, scoring and interpretation and reporting of at least nine different psychological tests and instruments chosen from the national psychology examination curriculum.

The nine tests and instruments 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 supervisor with real or simulated (where appropriate) clients.

Provisional Psychologist Hub has an assessment library included for  all memberships. If your not a member, you can still hire the tests and we will send the test materials to you together with forms to allow you to gain competence in this area of assessment. In recognition of the complexity of assessment, it is a requirement that your principal supervisor (if not PPH) provide written confirmation that they are able to supervise and train the provisional psychologist in the administration, scoring and interpretation before any assessment will be provided to the supervisee. Should your principal supervisor not feel this is their area of competence it will be requirement of test use that you undertake individual supervision with a PPH supervisor in order to gain sufficient knowledge and skills prior to the kit being mailed to you. All supervisors at PPH have extensive experience in training provisional psychologists in the use of psychometric assessments and would be happy to assist you in developing competence. If you have membership with PPH, a maximum of 1 major assessment can be hired per month and you must be a member for a minimum of 4 months in order to hire the assessment. This allows adequate supervision regarding the appropriate use of psychometric assessments and to ensure your readiness for administration. The kit needs to be returned within 2 weeks of receipt, with additional fees payable should it not be returned on time or returned with damage. 

If you would like to know more, please contact us at [email protected] or call us on 1300 604 685. Please note, PPH have a range of other assessments in their library should you require access to other tests within the National Psychology Examination Curriculum please contact us to enquire.

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SUPERVISION

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 core competencies needed for general registration

Our supervisors have a background in working with children, adolescents, adults and families across a broad range of presenting issues and sectors (private practice, non-for profit and the private sector).

Areas of particular interest include psychometric assessment, counselling with children and families, child protection and working with clients who have experienced trauma (child sexual abuse and other types of harm), eating disorders and treatment for anxiety and depression. For more information or to enquire about supervision contact us on 1300 914 318 or [email protected]

 

Principal Supervision and Secondary Supervision

Secondary supervisor means a psychologist who has been approved by the Board to supervise provisional psychologists. The secondary supervisor may fulfil a component of the supervision in the internship as agreed with the principal supervisor and the provisional psychologist and is responsible to the principal supervisor.

Principal supervisor means a supervisor who has been approved by the Board to supervise provisional psychologists. The principal supervisor is the main supervisor who has overall responsibility for the program, including oversight of secondary supervisors for the program.

There are 8 core competencies that the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) requires development across all six years of psychology training. In the fifth and sixth years these skills are extended and applied in a professional practical setting under appropriate supervision. Supervisors have an important role in providing continuous oversight, review and assessment of the provisional psychologist’s progress towards achieving the core competencies. This includes regular formal supervision and progress reviews, and direct observation. It also includes providing evaluative feedback and guidance during development of case reports.

See above (section on 4+2 an 5+1) for more information related to supervision requirements for the specific programs. 

Individual Supervision is available from 9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and Saturday Mornings (AEST). If you have restricted availability please email us to determine if we are able to accommodate your availability.

 

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Group Supervision

Group supervision can be logged towards your overall supervision hours. Provisional psychologists are allowed up to 60 hours (4+2) and 30 hours (5+1) over the course of their internship.

Group supervision is a great way to meet other provisional psychologists on the same pathway as you, whilst allowing you to further develop your skills and knowledge.

Check our Online Group Supervision Schedule

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