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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Student Placements and Clinic

studentplacements@startts.org.au  |  (02) 9646 6700

STARTTS has been actively involved in providing opportunities for student learning for many years, aiming to increase the number of health, social and behavioural sciences professionals in the field who are specialised in working with trauma and refugee communities. STARTTS provides opportunities for students currently engaged in both undergraduate and post-graduate programs in Psychology, Social Work and other appropriate disciplines as well as individuals who are currently completing a Psychology Registration Program. Availability of placements is dependent on a number of factors including the availability of appropriate supervision and the nature and appropriateness of the projects which are taking place at the time.

COVID-19 vaccine required to do a student placement at STARTTS

As a not-for-profit Affiliated Health Organisation, STARTTS is required by law to adhere to the Public Health (COVID 19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021, which commenced on 26 August 2021. The Order establishes mandatory requirements for health staff and persons working in health settings to be vaccinated with 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Student Placements

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

To apply for a placement at STARTTS, you are required to submit:

  • A letter of introduction from your tertiary institution or if you are currently completing a Psychology Registration Program, a letter of introduction from your employer;
  • A resume/curriculum vitae which includes the contact details of at least two referees
  • A letter of application addressing the selection criteria
  • University library access code for STARTTS’ Resource and Information Officer (see note below)

Successful applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview (except for those doing short placements). Applicants who are successful at the interview stage will be required to undergo a criminal records check (if not already undertaken within the last three months prior placement). If you have any questions, please contact the Clinical Projects Officer (Student Liaison) on ph: (02) 9646 6700 or by email (studentplacements@startts.org.au).

Next placement term: July to December 2024
Application period:
4th to 22 March 2024 (Applications submitted outside these dates may not be considered)

Interviews: 25 March to 30 April 2024
Induction (compulsory in-person): 1st to 12th July 2024 (in-person in Carramar and online)

Note: The education provider is required to grant STARTTS’ Resource and Information Officer online access to their library for the duration of the student placement. The offer of a student placement is conditional on the applicant meeting this requirement.

Student Clinical Placements

In addition to general student placements, the opportunity for those wishing to undertake clinical placements at STARTTS is also available. Participants of the clinical placements will be providing assessment and psychotherapeutic interventions to our clients and will have access to professional clinical consultation from Clinical Psychologists, Psychologists or other senior clinicians as required/appropriate.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible to participate in the STARTTS clinical placements, students need to be engaged in post-graduate programs of Masters in Clinical or Forensic Psychology; Social Work, or other relevant Allied Health professions. Other relevant post-graduate or masters programs in psychology/ counselling/ psychotherapy or creative/expressive therapies will also be considered. Individuals completing an approved Psychology Registration program are also eligible to apply. A STARTTS clinical 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.

How to apply (Student clinic)

To apply for a placement at STARTTS, you are required to submit:

  • A letter of introduction from your tertiary institution or if you are currently completing a Psychology Registration Program, a letter of introduction from your employer;
  • A resume/curriculum vitae which includes the contact details of at least two referees
  • A letter of application addressing the selection criteria
  • University library access code for STARTTS’ Resource and Information Officer (see note below)

Successful applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview. Applicants who are successful at the interview stage will be required to undergo a criminal records check (if not already undertaken within the last three months prior placement). If you have any questions, please contact the Clinical Projects Officer (Student Liaison) on ph: (02) 9646 6700 or by email (studentplacements@startts.org.au).

Next placement term: July to December 2024
Application period:
4th to 22nd March 2024 (Applications submitted outside these dates may not be considered)
Interviews: 25th March to 30th April 2024
Induction (compulsory in-person): 1st to 12th July 2024 (in-person in Carramar and online)

Note: The education provider is required to grant STARTTS’ Resource and Information Officer online access to their library for the duration of the student placement. The offer of a student placement is conditional on the applicant meeting this requirement.

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