Cairnmillar’s Placement Coordinators assist students across all courses with the placement component of their course. Placement units at Cairnmillar provide ‘hands-on’ learning with a structured education program. Placements provide the opportunities to develop professional knowledge and gain workplace experience. It enables students to put their academic knowledge to practice, gain confidence, and become competent to practice in the field. Cairnmillar has a long history of providing students with a variety of placements, including schools, private practice, psychiatric hospitals, and student counselling centres. Some placements are available within Cairnmillar Clinical Services and Student Clinics. Cairnmillar has a long history of providing students with a variety of placements.
Cairnmillar provides comprehensive insurance including professional indemnity insurance to cover students at Cairnmillar and on external placement. A student mentor is also available to assist with study and other personal issues.
Placements have been known to lead to career opportunities with a range of organisations, including: CentaCare, Care Connections, Centrelink, Mission Australia, Anglicare, Cairnmillar, University Research Assistant, Albert Road Clinic, Private Psychological Practice, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Providers, Family Relationship Centres, Southern School of Natural Therapies.
Individual supervision involves a review of cases under treatment, your management of the case, the therapeutic relationship and your own anxieties and conflicts. It includes a close monitoring of professional boundaries, competencies, and ethical professional practice. Each supervisor has extensive experience in the various fields of psychology and is specifically accredited and experienced in supervision.
Group supervision provides an opportunity for students to gain supervision of their cases, learn from the experiences of others and gain an understanding of group dynamics. The group process builds on the counselling and clinical skills gained in individual supervision. It provides peer review and support, and greatly assists in individual, personal and professional development.
It is strongly recommended that students prepare for their course and their placements by undertaking one of our short courses in counselling skills run by the Short Course Centre.
All students who are required to go on placement will be assessed for “readiness” for placement prior to being allocated a placement. To assess “readiness”, students attend six training workshops on issues related to placement and counselling skills. Students will be expected to submit a recorded role play interview and a written commentary. The DVD will be rated either as a “counselling” session or as a “first interview”. Students will be advised of the requirements during the workshop. The DVD and commentary will be assessed using a rating scale. In addition, the course coordinator may use a professionally accredited rating scale of competencies as recommended by APAC or the Australian Psychological Society. Students who demonstrate “readiness” will be offered either an internal or external placement, or both depending on the course.