Virtual Practice

This year’s Master of Applied Psychology students will pilot a new app designed to put theory learnt in the classroom into virtual practice.

UQ Master of Applied Psychology Placements Manager, Gillian McGregor came up with the concept of the app whilst preparing and supporting students for their placements in professional practice.

“Professional psychology students encounter a steep learning curve when shifting from theory, to applying this theory in practice,” Gillian said.

“Working with students during this developmental transition gave rise to thinking whether there was a way to incorporate the use of technology to enhance this process.”

The app engages games technology which has been designed to track the developmental journey and curriculum of professional psychology training.

The game requires students to use skills they have learnt and apply these to real life scenarios they will encounter as part of their profession including the intake interview, ethics, risk assessment and suicide assessment and diagnostics.

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