Placement (Psychological Practice)
Joanne works 38 hours per week in her job in Sydney. 32 of those hours are classed as psychological practice and go towards her requirement for registration. The remaining time is spent on administrative tasks that are not psychological in nature.
Direct Client Contact
At least 14 hours of her psychological practice are spent working directly with clients. This involves working face-to-face with high-risk and vulnerable families. Joanne’s work involves:
- developing a positive therapeutic alliance with the family
- providing an assessment of the needs of the children and the strengths of the family. These may involve semi-structured interviews, observations of the family and/or formal psychometric tests
- identifying other areas in which extra support is needed.
Interventions are delivered to the families and include programs such as:
- Parenting courses (123 Magic, Positive Parenting, Circle of Security)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression/Anxiety
- Supportive counselling
- Relaxation skills for children experiencing anxiety.
Joanne may also be involved in making mandatory notifications to Family and Community Services in cases of risk of harm and may also work with other treating professionals such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and psychiatrists.
Client Related Activities
The remaining psychological practice hours involve client-related activities such as writing client case notes and reports, communicating with other professionals, discussing clients with colleagues and making notifications.