APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists

Student Subscribers

 


About Student Subscribers

Students who are enrolled in an APAC-accredited Masters or D Psych program are eligible to join the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists at no additional cost.

A student subscription affords those interested in Educational and Developmental Psychology to seek opportunities for further learning in the specialism, network with Educational and Developmental Psychologists and share resources available to College members.

Other benefits of a Student Subscription include:

  • Discount registration fees to the Annual CEDP conference
  • Free subscription to The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist
  • Opportunities to engage meaningfully in the profession. Students of the CEDP play an integral role within committees and assist annual at the CEDP conference.

 


APAC Accredited Courses in the Area of Educational and Developmental Psychology

APAC accredited postgraduate university

Australian Catholic University:

  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)

Monash University:

  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)
  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/PhD

Queensland University of Technology:

  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)

University of Melbourne:

  • Master of Educational Psychology
  • Master of Educational Psychology/PhD (Educational)

University of Western Australia:

  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)
  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/PhD

 


Career opportunities

Educational and Developmental Psychologists work in various settings (including research and practice), to try and achieve wellbeing for all across the lifespan.

Educational and Developmental Psychologists may work with individuals, couples, families, groups, organisations, or with systems.


In educational settings more specifically, these psychologists focus on identification and early identification of many issues and problems, to apply principles of learning and development throughout the course of life.

Areas of practice:

Early childhood

  • cognitive, behavioural and emotional development
  • developmental delays
  • specific disabilities
  • feeding, sleep, or behavioural problems
  • infant mental health issues
  • management of temperament
  • parenting issues
  • sibling rivalry
  • assessment of school readiness
  • treatment planning
  • early intervention

Throughout schooling

  • transition to school and through stages of education
  • separation anxiety; school avoidance
  • psycho educational assessment
  • assessment, diagnosis and treatment of learning difficulties and disorders
  • specific behaviour management planning
  • addressing self esteem issues
  • well being
  • mental health and mental illness
  • giftedness
  • family relationships
  • abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)
  • treatment planning and specific support
  • whole school consultancy, and interventions

Adolescence

  • conflict (especially between young people and their parents)
  • friendships
  • peer pressure
  • behavioural problems
  • sexuality issues
  • disability issues
  • dentity issues
  • transition to adulthood
  • mental health
  • drug and alcohol problems
  • career guidance
  • adjustment and transition issues
  • whole-school-community issues

Adults

  • relationships
  • divorce and separation
  • parenting and child-rearing
  • adoption issues
  • mid-life concerns
  • career restructuring
  • work stress
  • education and training (in the workplace)

Later Adulthood

  • healthy ageing
  • coping with decline in functioning
  • dependency
  • adjustment and transition issues
  • loss and grief

 


Useful websites

Books

Booko will source and compare books from all around the world, and locate where they are available, price, etc.
http://booko.com.au/

Fishpond

An Australian website, books, music, DVDs and so on are available with free shipping!
www.fishpond.com.au/

Supplies

It is preferable to buy stationery supplies from cheaper shops (Big W, Major supermarkets, Officeworks) than newsagents.

If you see paper on special ñ buy enough to keep you going for a while.

Printer ink can be sourced cheaply online - an excellent site is Inkjet Online
www.inkjetonline.com.au

 


Writing a CV- template with tips

PERSONAL DETAILS

This is your CV! Put your name here.

205 Smith Drive, Smithville NSW 2008
Home ph.: 02 9000 5555   Mobile: 0444 444 444   Email: e.smith@hotmail.com

CAREER OVERVIEW

An educational/developmental psychologist, with two years' experience in the inclusive education field, I have worked on (list key areas ñ e.g. early intervention with children diagnosed with ASD). I have a proven track record of (put your notable relevant skills e.g. employing ABA therapy). I've recently gained skills/interest in (name area of interest, or a new qualification) and am now seeking a new professional challenge.

KEY STRENGTHS

The aim of the section is to give the person reading your resume a quick snapshot of what you have to offer in the hope they instantly place you in the short list pile. As a guide, six points is good but there is no real rule. Another tip, be specific. I see a lot of "Excellent Communication Skills" but what does that mean? Here are some examples:

  • High level computer skills including Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • Five years experience in customer service both face to face and phone based
  • Strong business development capabilities with European experience
  • Experience developing sales and marketing collateral
  • Active toastmasters public speaker

CAREER HISTORY

May 2010 - present: Ed/Dev. Psychologist
early intervention centre

Describe the centreís main activity or focus. This is appropriate for those coming from overseas or in cases where the company might be largely unknown. Large, well known or blatantly obvious organisations (such as a large size metropolitan school) may not require any explanation.

Key responsibilities

Provide detailed summary of the role ís key responsibilities and accountabilities. Do not go for the longest list, be concise and to the point. Try not to include the obvious i.e. to deliver early intervention to children.

Make it clear, and succinct - such as:

  • Develop and execute goals for children in their integration to mainstream kindergartens
  • Maintain and strengthen the wellbeing of children and their families
  • Coach, mentor and motivate other colleagues
  • Manage resources, set realistic financial goals

Key achievements

  • Keep specific and limit to one or two that best highlight your skills

If you have any prior positions, or relevant jobs - list as per the above format (i.e. date of employment, etc.)

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Start with your highest qualification first

  • 2008 - 2009 Monash University
    Masters of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)
  • 2007 University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology (Hons)
  • 2002 - 2006 University of Melbourne
    Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
  • 2005 Methodist Ladies College, VCE (ATAR: 96.2)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Include only those relevant to your career. Some examples:

  • APS! CEDP!  Member since: 2010
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria:  Member since: 2002

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Painting
  • Rock climbing
  • Cooking
  • Travel

REFEREES

Some people choose to include their referees while others do not.

  • Option 1:
    Referees will be provided upon request
  • Option 2:
    Name: [insert name]
    Company: [insert company name, location]
    Relationship: [Provide details of professional relationship e.g. former manager at company XYZ]
    Email: [insert email address]
    Land Line: [insert land line contact details]
    Mobile: [insert mobile contact details]

Note: this CV template has been developed using www.Careerone.com.au/
This is an excellent site to look at for developing cover letters, resumes, and so on.

 


Resources for Educational & Developmental Psychologists

Mental Health Resources

   Information about depression including how it feels and how it is treated.

   Web based learning course for trauma focused CBT
   CBT treatment manuals for client use

  • http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/
    As well as an excellent referral source, the CCI website also has workbooks for clients to use when managing a diverse range of issues including perfectionism, assertiveness, self esteem, shyness, procrastination, eating and worry

Learning Resources

  • http://www.copmi.net.au/
    This website provides information for family members across Australia where a parent has a mental illness and for people who care for and work with them.

Workplace efficiency

 


International Associations

The following list of associations advocate a similar interest and focus as the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Perusal of these websites might reveal relevant resources and information.

America

Greece

England

Turkey

Canada

Ireland

International

 


AHPRA

http://www.ahpra.gov.au/

AHPRA contact details

State divisions:

Street address:

Mailing address:

Opening Hours:

Australian Capital Territory

RSM Bird Cameron Building
103-105 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra
ACT 2601
AHPRA
GPO Box 9958
Canberra
ACT 2601
Monday to Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
New South Wales Level 51
680 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
AHPRA
GPO Box 9958
Sydney
NSW 2001
Monday to Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

Northern Territory

Level 5
22 Harry Chan Avenue
Darwin, NT 0800
AHPRA
GPO Box 9958
Darwin, NT 0801
Monday to Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
Queensland Level 18
179 Turbot Street
Brisbane
QLD 4000
AHPRA
GPO Box 9958
Brisbane
QLD 4001
Monday to Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
South Australia Level 8
121 King William Street
Adelaide
SA 5000
AHPRA
GPO Box 9958
Adelaide
SA 5001
Monday to Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Tasmania Level 12
86 Collins Street
Hobart
TAS 7000
AHPRA
GPO Box 9958
Hobart
TAS 7001
Monday to Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Victoria Level 8
111 Bourke Street
Melbourne
VIC 3000
AHPRA
GPO Box 9958
Melbourne
VIC 3001
Monday to Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Western Australia Level 1
541 Hay Street
Subiaco
WA 6008
AHPRA
GPO Box 9958
Perth
WA 6001
Monday to Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
National Level 7
111 Bourke Street
Melbourne
VIC 3000
AHPRA
GPO Box 9958
Melbourne
VIC 3001
 

 


Psychology Board of Australia


Working in partnership with AHPRA to protect the public and guide the profession.

http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/


The core role of the Psychology Board of Australia is to protect the public. One of the ways they do this is by making sure that only practitioners who have the skills and qualifications to provide safe care and psychological services to the Australian community are registered to practise in the psychology profession.

The registration types for the psychology profession are:

  • general registration
  • provisional registration
  • non-practising registration

All registered psychologists are included on the National Register of Practitioners. You can search the Registers of Practitioners for the registration status and details of psychologists and other health practitioners

Provisional registration is the registration type that enables to the individual to complete a period of supervised practice that is required to become eligible for General registration as a psychologist.

There are three different pathways that allow the individual to complete the necessary period of supervised practice:

  • 4+2 internship program
  • 5+1 internship program (under development)
  • Accredited professional degree

The requirements for provisional registration are set out in the Provisional registration standard.

General registration is available to psychologists who meet the eligibility requirements under section 52 of the National Law. General registration as a psychologist enables an individual to work in any area of psychology that is within their scope of competence and use the title 'Psychologist'. All psychologists with General registration meet a minimum standard of education and training and have been assessed as a suitable person to hold General registration in the profession.

The requirements for general registration are set out in the General registration standard.

The education and training requirement for General registration is a six year sequence comprising a four year accredited sequence of study such as an honours degree followed by two years of supervised practice as a Provisional Psychologist.


Other requirements to obtain or maintain General registration include continuing professional development (PD), meeting english language proficiency requirements, complying with professional indemnity insurance arrangements, and meeting required recency of practice (these are readily available from the website).

Psychologists with General registration that have a recognised higher degree and advanced supervised practice in a particular area of practice can apply for an area of practice endorsement on their General registration.

Renewal of registration and keep up to date!

The registration renewal date for the psychology profession is 30 November ñ the annual renewal date for the profession under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Psychologists who renewed their registration by 30 June 2011 were given valid registration for five months and must renew again. The registration renewal cycle for psychologists in Australia with general, limited and non-practising registration is now aligned and annual registration is due each year by 30 November.

Psychologists with provisional registration renew on their anniversary date.

National Psychology Examination

The Psychology Board of Australia is currently developing a National Psychology Examination which will be implemented from 1 July 2013 for applicants seeking general registration.

The Board has also released a recommended Reading List for the National Psychology Examination. The reading list will be updated as required and the Board welcomes recommendations for additional readings.

The Registration Process

How long will my application take to process?

If your application is considered complete

This means AHPRA has received all the information to complete an assessment. Refer to the relevant section of The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 ('the National Law'). The standard timeframe for the assessment of a complete application is:

  • Up to 10 days for graduate applications    
  • Up to 10 days for provisional to general applications
  • Up to 10 days for specialist applications (where general is already held)
  • Up to 4-6 weeks for all other application types.

If your application is not considered complete

This means AHPRA has not received all the information to complete an assessment. Refer to the relevant section of The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 ('the National Law'). A timeframe cannot be given here due to outstanding requirements.

If you are unsure what is outstanding, please contact AHPRA to identify what is still required. Alternatively, forward all outstanding requirements to AHPRA so an assessment can take place.

What does complete mean with respect to the National Law?
For an application to be considered complete a number of conditions must be met depending on the type of application. Please refer below for further information.

Application for Registration
Section 77(2) of the National Law requires that an application for registration must:
a. be in the form approved by the National Board; and
b. be accompanied by the relevant fee; and
c. be accompanied by proof of the applicantís identity; and
d. be accompanied by any other information reasonably required by the Board.

Application for Endorsement
Section 99(2) of the national law requires that an application for endorsement must:
a. be in the form approved by the National Board; and
b. be accompanied by the relevant fee; and
c. be accompanied by any other information reasonably required by the Board.

Application for Renewal of Registration
Section 107(4) of the national law requires that an application for renewal of registration or endorsement must:
a. be in the form approved by the National Board; and
b. be accompanied by the relevant fee; and
c. if the application for renewal is made after the registered health practitionerís period of registration ends, be accompanied by the relevant fee for a late application; and
d. be accompanied by the annual statement required under section 109; and
e. be accompanied by any other information reasonably required by the Board.


Call for Student Support

All students are welcomed and encouraged to become involved in CEDP. Various opportunities exist, such as:

  • CEDP Conference Committee Volunteers for November 2012
  • University representatives (to speak or write on behalf of their peers and colleagues)
  • Contributors to the website  (an article, tips, images, resources, links)
  • Fun contributions  e.g. funny stories from kids/placement/study experiences/photos, images, cartoons
  • Volunteers for Uni open days/APS events (perhaps you could to speak to other interested  people about what Ed/Dev. involves and how to get a good start in applying or developing further interests and experiences)
  • Contributions to the CEDP newsletter

So, whatever your particular skill, interest, or talent - we would love your help!


Acknowledgements and Thanks

A special thanks to the Student Resources Sub Group that created this content:

  • Amanda
    Amanda Scicluna, Research Fellow
    Parenting Research Centre
    Level 5, 232 Victoria Parade
    East Melbourne VIC 3002
    Email: ascicluna@parentingrc.org.au

Disclaimer: the resources on this page have been sourced from the websites listed, and examples are purely fictitious!