EDUC5406 School Psychology Professional Practice II

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
In preparation for their second professional practice students attend lectures related to working in schools and developing effective professional relationships, and workshops in classroom management. This is followed by a six-week block of professional practice in schools with an experienced school psychologist mentor. During this time students observe their mentor and work under the direct supervision of their mentor to carry out school psychology tasks relatively independently with pre-discussion and post discussion with their mentor. Constructive feedback and reflection during the professional practice provide a basis for the application of knowledge and development of skills. A University supervisor visits the student twice during each component of the professional practice to provide feedback and make an assessment of the student's level of competence.
Students are able to (1) undertake the duties and responsibilities of a school psychologist both inside and outside the school environment; (2) use a variety of assessment instruments and interpret and report on the results of the assessment to a range of audiences; (3) reflect on their professional experiences with a view to improving their practice; (4) accept and act on advice from school mentors and University supervisors; (5) develop and sustain professional behaviours and working relationships with mentors, school colleagues and other stakeholders; and (6) use reflective practices as a basis for self-improvement.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reports submitted by UWA supervisor and (2) reports submitted by mentors. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Glasgow
Unit rules
Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
EDUC5405 School Psychology Professional Practice I
Approved quota: 25—only students accepted into the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology are able to enrol in this unit.
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week (for 6 weeks); professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in school
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