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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Simon Albrecht


MOP5042 is designed to satisfy the APS/APAC requirement that "there should be ongoing class contact with students that relates to and develops their placement experiences". To this end, the weekly two-hour seminars will provide a forum whereby students can share their placement experiences and apply the theory, models, frameworks, perspectives and experiences gained during the content based components of the course.

The central content of the placement classes will consist of student led presentations relating to their placement experiences. Each student will be required to deliver at least one placement presentation. Students are expected to think critically, creatively and deeply about their placement experiences and be able to share these experiences with their colleagues in a way which will engage their interest and enrich their overall learning experience.

MOP5042 will also focus on the development of counselling/intervention skills and the 'scientist-practitioner' paradigm, focusing on issues related to translating practice to science and science to practice.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of theoretical, ethical and practical issues related to specific organisational health promotion practices (e.g., Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), Critical Incident Debriefing (CISD).
  2. Understand issues relating to implementation and evaluation of psychological interventions in organisations
  3. Address a particular psychological intervention issue in-depth with regard to policy, practical, resource and management features (i.e., production of a resource document which examines a specific issue addressed in EAP programs such as trauma, drug use, work-life balance)
  4. Use the theory and practical skills of Solution-Focused Therapy to assist with workplace difficulties and crises (i.e., initial experience in an approach which is common to many EAPs and coaching)
  5. Effectively communicate goals, learning and insights from placement experiences in a structured and engaging way;
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the professional roles, codes of conduct and ethics of the organisational psychologists as described by the Board of Psychologists and APS;
  7. Demonstrate understanding of the professional competencies of organisational psychologists (assessment, diagnosis, intervention design and implementation, evaluation and reflection);
  8. Provide evidence of placement experiences, professional growth and development in terms of placement report, documentation of hours worked, and a supervisor report;
  9. Explain the major principles of the scientists-practitioner paradigm.
  10. Provide a presentation on how science informs popular practice.


A minimum of 75% attendance at Placement Seminars and submission of all required placement documentation plus 4 assessment pieces:
1. Professional Resources Document (40%)
2. Counselling Skills Assessment (Hurdle)
3. Placement presentation (20%) and Placement report (20%)
4. Practice-Science presentation and write-up (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Simon Albrecht

Contact hours

Masters Student 125 placement days & DPsych Students 188 placement days (over whole course)