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Title: Commentary: An Extension of the Australian Postgraduate Psychology Education Simulation Working Group Guidelines: Simulated Learning Activities Within Professional Psychology Placements
Contributor(s): Rice, Kylie  (author)orcid ; Murray, Clara V  (author)orcid ; Tully, Phillip J  (author)orcid ; Hone, Alice  (author); Bartik, Warren J  (author)orcid ; Newby, Daiva  (author); Cosh, Suzanne M  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2022-03-31
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2022.840258
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Related DOI: 10.1080/01421590903002821
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The Australian Postgraduate Psychology Education Simulation Working Group (APPESWG) recently published guidelines titled "A new reality: The role of simulated learning activities in postgraduate psychology training programs" (Paparo et al., 2021). The document was developed in the context of COVID 19-related disruption to practica within professional psychology training. As a consequence, many training providers adopted simulated training activities as a way to support course progression during the pandemic. Paparo and colleagues' stated aims were to provide comprehensive guidance for the use of simulation as a competency-based training tool and in the interests of public and student safety, both during and after COVID 19. The guidelines included nine criteria for best practice in simulated learning activities in training, for example, that activities should be competency-based, should mirror real-life practice situations and should provide opportunities for active participation and trainee reflection (see Paparo et al. for detail). The document provided helpful guidance on the use of simulated learning activities (SLA) as part of course content within an Australian professional psychology training context, however the guidelines did not cover simulated placement experiences. Considerations especially around supervision and the development of professional and ethical practice within a simulated learning environment need to be made to effectively apply the APPESWG Guidelines within a placement context. Here, we extend these guidelines for provision of simulated professional psychology placements based on our successful development and implementation of large-scale simulated placements at an Australian University (2020-current). Previously, all professional psychology placements in Australia were limited to in-vivo options, however the latest version of the Accreditation Standards for Psychology Programs (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, 2019) now make provision for simulated learning within required placement experiences at Level 3, Professional Competencies. This extension of the Paparo et al. (2021) article provides guidelines specifically for the use of simulation with professional psychology placements, with a focus on the Australian context.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Frontiers in Education, v.7, p. 1-5
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Place of Publication: Switzerland
ISSN: 2504-284X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
520102 Educational psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200299 Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C5 Other Refereed Contribution to a Scholarly Journal
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