Transparency around the review process for the Professional Training programmes
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Our ultimate goal is to have transparency on the review process of the Professional Training graduate programmes at the University of Waikato.
The university programmes are a graduate pathway to psychology registration through the Masters of Applied Psychology degree. Once completed, students can undertake a one-year (full-time) Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology (PGDipPracPsych) which is an internship with organisations such as Explore and the Waikato DHB. These diplomas help students gain registration in NZ as a general or clinical psychologist. As of this year, all professional training graduate programmes have been put 'under review' and are no longer taking enrolments.
This review is an internal review and was not part of an external audit process. There was not any consultation with the teaching staff, students or employers.
By holding a forum in which all key stakeholders can be heard, and have their questions answered about this process will end the rumours and miscommunication about what this means for the future of Professional Training Programmes in Psychology at Waikato. We would like clearly defined parameters of the review (i.e. why the programme is under review). Students would like to be able to make decisions about their future. Staff would like to be able to answer student queries and to provide quality advice and teaching to the current students.
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