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Title: Acceptability and feasibility of telehealth as a training modality for trainee psychologist placements: a COVID-19 response study
Contributor(s): Cosh, Suzanne  (author)orcid ; Rice, Kylie  (author)orcid ; Bartik, Warren  (author)orcid ; Jefferys, Amanda (author); Hone, Alice  (author); Murray, Clara  (author)orcid ; Lykins, Amy D  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2022
Early Online Version: 2021-08-26
DOI: 10.1080/00050067.2021.1968275
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Abstract: Objective
This study examined the extent to which telehealth placements are feasible for developing perceived competence as a psychologist and are an acceptable training modality for provisional psychologists.

Fifteen provisional psychologists who undertook a postgraduate placement using telehealth completed an online survey. Acceptability and attitudes towards future telehealth service provision were assessed via Likert scales and open-ended questions. Feasibility was assessed via comparison using Wilcoxon Rank Signed tests of pre- and post-placement self-efficacy using the Psychology Counsellor Self-Efficacy Scale. Open-ended questions were analysed using content analysis.

Participants reported high satisfaction with the telehealth placement. Perceived self-efficacy improved between pre- and post-placement on all competencies except for research. Students reported that a telehealth placement enabled them to improve in all areas, with particular benefits including rapport building, therapeutic questioning, and management of safety and ethical concerns. Challenges of a telehealth placement included assessing mental status, isolation from peers, and technical difficulties. Students reported positive attitudes towards future use of telehealth.

Telehealth appears to offer an acceptable, feasible and valuable training experience for developing competence for provisional psychologists. Undertaking a telehealth placement may help prepare clinicians for future use of telehealth, especially in relation to ethics and risk management.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Psychologist, 57(1), p. 28-36
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1742-9544
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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