Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 1,000 hours over the whole program carrying out supervised professional and research duties in a variety of work settings. It may be possible for students to combine one of their practical work requirements with their regular employment to a maximum of 250 hours. In deciding whether this is feasible, the nature of the work being carried out, the availability of supervision by a registered psychologist, and the relevance of the work to the aims of the program will be taken into account.
Students should note that their professional placement hours must be spread over a variety of settings. The School arranges placements, which will help the student to gain experience in a wide variety of organisations. Such placements will not normally involve payment.
Students are required to have one placement in the School’s Careers Research and Assessment Service. The Careers Research and Assessment Service (CRAS) is an initiative of the Masters (Organisational) program. It provides Masters students with the opportunity to develop their skills in assessment, report writing and counselling with genuine clients. All students enrolled in the program spend time in CRAS where they take on a full load of clients who are seeking career assistance. As a member of CRAS, students learn about all aspects of running a career consultancy including service delivery, practice management and marketing. All students in CRAS receive intensive supervision and feedback on their client, assessment, and report writing skills as well as their more general professional and ethical skills. Visit the CRAS website for more information: http://cras.psy.unsw.edu.au
In addition, students attend weekly Professional Practice meetings and occasional Career Development Workshops.