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Your donation will help us to provide more comprehensive services to the people that need them most, particularly children, young people and older refugees.

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Student Placements and Student Clinic

Student Placements

STARTTS has been actively involved in the provision of student placements and internships for many years, aiming to increase the number of health professionals in the field who are specialised in working with refugee communities. STARTTS provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge, skills and experience in working with traumatised refugees through our Student Placement and Student Clinic programs.

Student Placements

The STARTTS Student Placement program aims to provide opportunities to students from a wide range of health, allied health and welfare disciplines who want to work with refugees. Students are usually based in the STARTTS Community Services or Clinical Services teams and are supervised by a STARTTS staff member. The types of work often undertaken by students may include:

  • Group work with clients
  • Community development projects
  • Youth work
  • Research
  • Assisting with case management

The Student Placement program helps train and educate students from a wide range of disciplines and has accepted students studying in areas such as:

  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Art Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Community Services/Welfare
  • Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy

STARTTS can be flexible depending on the skills and interest areas of students and will consider placements from disciplines not listed above. Placements are offered based on STARTTS’ capacity to provide appropriate levels of supervision and the availability of relevant and appropriate activities and projects for students to participate in.

How to apply

The number of placements offered at any one time is limited. Students interested in a STARTTS placement should first discuss this with the relevant Student Placement Officer or Field Education Officer at their university or college. Formal requests for student placements must come from the student’s university/college. Requests for placements which come directly from students will not be accepted. Students will be required to attend an interview prior to placement confirmation.

The application form  is available here.

If you would like further information, please email your enquiry to Lucrecia Cardona.

Applications for clinical placements are now open,  and will close again on Friday, 17 November 2017. The successful applicants will start in February 2018.

Student Clinic

STARTTS operates a Student Clinic for those wishing to undertake clinical placements/internships. Participants in the Student Clinic will be providing psychotherapeutic interventions to clients and will have access to professional clinical consultation from Clinical Psychologists and Psychologists at STARTTS.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to participate in the STARTTS Student Clinic, students need to be engaged in post-graduate programs of Masters in Clinical or Forensic Psychology. Other relevant post-graduate or masters programs in psychology/counselling/ psychotherapy will also be considered. Individuals completing an approved Psychology Registration program are also eligible to apply.

A STARTTS placement is not suitable as the student’s first external placement. To be eligible to participate, this must be the student’s third or final clinical placement.

For more detailed information about the STARTTS Student Clinic,  and how to apply, download the information pack.

How to apply:

The number of placements/internships offered at any one time is limited. Requests for placements must come from the student’s university, together with a letter of recommendation. A selection process applies; this includes submitting an application and attending an interview.

The selection process takes place twice a year. The closing date for the current round of selections is Friday 17 November 2017, 5:00 pm.

For further information, please send an email to Lucrecia Cardona or contact the Student Placement Coordinator on (02) 9794 1900.