Where do Graduate Candidates complete their Placements?
Masters candidates are required to complete three placements each comprising of at least 333 hours (about 40 - 45 days). Practicum 1 takes place in Year 1 Semester 2 of the course for full and part-time students, and will normally be a generalist placement. Practicum 2 and Practicum 3 will take place in subsequent years, and will be specialist placements in Community Psychology.
To learn more about the graduate student placements, including what they have learnt and valued most about these experiences, please take the time to read the graduate profiles under the "Graduate Students" section of this website.
Below on this page, are examples of organisations where students have completed their placements.
- this is not a comprehensive list, the organisations listed below are a representative sample.
- the text provided under each of these organisations is taken from the organisations website.
- the organisations are listed in reverse-alphabetical-order.
Yarra Community Housing (Metro West)
Our Vision is for a world where every person has access to a safe and affordable home; a world where human rights are upheld; all people are welcomed and diversity is celebrated; a world where every person has a real opportunity to live out their hopes and dreams- regardless of income and disability; a world where the focus of society and governments is on the health and happiness of the whole person; a sustainable world that can support the hopes and dream of future generations.
Women’s Health West
Women's Health West is committed to improving equity and justice for women in Melbourne's diverse western region. We support individual women and communities, and work collaboratively with government and other agencies across the West and state wide.
Women’s Health in the North
The work of Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) aims to strengthen women’s health and wellbeing, with a strategic focus on preventing violence against women, sexual and reproductive rights, economic participation and, more recently, the impact of climate change on women.
Western Region Health Centre
Western Region Health Centre (WRHC) is committed to improving the health and well being of the people who live and work in the Western Region by providing an accessible range of comprehensive, high quality and integrated health and welfare services.
Wesley Mission Outreach
Wesley provides a broad range of community services in Victoria which address disadvantage, whilst advocating on a state and national basis for a just society. We strive for an Australia where all belong.
Voyage Drug and Alcohol Service
Services provided include: Counselling; Drug service; Education programs. The Philosophy: To improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and the community by reducing the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use. Eligibility: People aged 16 years and above who reside or work in Western region.
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) was established in 1972 to address the specific medical needs of Victorian indigenous communities. The organisation has expanded steadily over past 30 years to provide a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for our community. As well as providing a variety of medical services, VAHS is committed to supporting the well-being of the community through contributions to community events and activities. VAHS is also committed to assisting research into the ongoing needs of the community.
St Augustine Outreach Services Inc (SOS)
SOS Inc. is an initiative of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church Mentone and has been operating within the church’s premises since February 1995, as a non-profit organisation providing counselling, group programs and direct benevolent assistance to people in need from local and surrounding communities.
South East Drug and Alcohol Services (SEADS)
SEADS operates from Dandenong, Springvale, Cranbourne, Berwick, Youth Stop, Pakenham and Doveton sites of Southern Health. SEADS provides a comprehensive regional program for the management of issues relating to Alcohol and Drug use. Service types include community residential, outpatient and home-based, adult and youth counselling, Needle Syringe Program, the Southern Dual Diagnosis Service and Acquired Brain Injury, Forensic Services, Addiction Medicine Unit (based at Monash Medical Centre Clayton and Dandenong Hospital), Primary Care Clinic, including a pharmacotherapy service, and drink drive licence restoration.
Richmond Fellowship (Mind Australia)
In Victoria, Mind offers a range of services to assist people in their recovery from a mental illness. Mind works to assist people to come to terms with and manage their mental illness by encouraging people to learn skills and find ways to participate more fully in the community. Mind also recognises how crucial support networks are to recovery and therefore works with key people involved in the client’s life including family, friends and clinical or community workers. Supporting someone experiencing a mental illness can have an enormous impact on family and other carers. Mind provides services that give family and carers a break through programs and experiences such as group and family holidays, day trips, individual respite packages, and organising services for clients such as gym memberships and training. Mind's programs include; residential rehabilitation, outreach services, transition to independent living, transition to stable and secure accommodation, respite for carers, volunteer and mentor programs, individual service packages and programs that foster healthy living, creative expression and participation in employment.
Recovre Pty Ltd
At Recovre we believe in a collaborative approach to mitigating Workplace risk and promoting a healthy and productive workforce. Driving down Workers Compensation premiums, saving you money and promoting a healthy, safe and sustainable workforce underpins our approach. Our preventative health and safety services boost employees’ health and wellbeing and prevent injuries, while our injury management and workplace rehabilitation services accelerate injured workers’ return to full productivity as quickly as possible. Our preventative health and safety services boost employees’ health and wellbeing and prevent injuries, while our injury management and workplace rehabilitation services accelerate injured workers’ return to full productivity as quickly as possible.
Prevention of Sexual Violence LaTrobe University Counselling Service
Services provided include: Individual counselling. Benefits from counselling include: having support following a crisis or trauma sharing your thoughts and feelings with a trained person developing strategies for problem solving, decision making and change identifying and building on your strengths looking at alternative ways of behaving or thinking becoming clearer about your concerns and direction. Small Group Counselling:This offers the same benefits as individual counselling with the bonus of sharing your concerns in an ongoing confidential group setting. The number is limited to four.
Norwood Association is a non-profit organisation, which provides community mental health outreach services. We exist to assist people on their journey to recovery. We aspire to reach more people by expanding our programs and diversifying our support services. Norwood provides rehabilitation services to adults (16-64 years of age) residing in the Brimbank, Melton and Sunbury communities, who live with mental health issues and resulting disabilities. Services are provided to clients through rehabilitation and/or recovery practitioners. Norwood services target people with chronic and enduring serious mental illness, and the associated psychiatric disability. We focus on addressing the impact of mental illness on a person’s daily activities and the social disadvantage resulting from illness. Our practitioners work within a recovery and empowerment model to maximise people’s opportunities to live successfully in the community. Norwood Association is client-focused and believes client feedback and participation is vital in ensuring improved service quality. In order to ensure the client voice is heard at all levels; clients are invited to act as representatives on the following groups and committees: Board of Governance; recruitment panels; Client Reference Group; various working groups – to advise and consult on issues relevant to Norwood Association; Occupational Health and Safety group; newsletter committee; philanthropic trust funding application group; events; and fundraising activities. Norwood is funded via two Government sources – Commonwealth and State. Commonwealth funding has been granted for the Personal Helpers and Mentors Program and State funding provides community based mental health services.
North-East Housing Service (NEHS)
Mission Statement: North East Housing Service aims to assist and empower people experiencing housing stress in the northeast region of Melbourne through the provision of quality, effective, appropriate information and referral and tenancy management services. And to actively promote broader community participation in the development of homeless services and housing in the northeast region.
Lighthouse Foundation provides homeless young people who come from backgrounds of long term neglect and abuse with a home, a sense of family and around the clock therapeutic care. Through their Lighthouse experience, the young people heal, learn again to relate to others and rebuild their lives.
Knox Community Health Service
Knox Community Health Service was established in 1996 to provide a high quality of community care & health education programs to Knox consumers. Knox Community Health Service delivers a range of services that improve the physical, mental and social well-being of individuals, families and communities in the City of Knox. Our Mission: Working with and in communities to improve health and wellbeing. Our Vision: Communities engaged and active in improving their health.
Kids Matter project, Australian Psychological Society (APS)
KidsMatter Primary is a flexible, whole-school approach to children’s mental health and wellbeing for primary schools. It works both on its own and as an umbrella under which a school’s existing programs can comfortably fit. KidsMatter provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools, parents and carers, health services and the wider community nurture happy, balanced kids. There is strong evidence that KidsMatter also has benefits for children’s learning.
Jackson School is a day special school servicing the Western suburban areas of Caroline Springs, Delahey, Hillside, Sydenham, Taylors Lakes, Keilor, Keilor Downs, Kealba, Deer Park, St Albans, Kings Park, St Albans South, Sunshine, Sunshine West and Ardeer. The school caters for students of primary and secondary age and accepts referrals from Kindergartens, Early Intervention, Primary Schools, Secondary Colleges and other educational facilities from within the state and independent system. Jackson provides an excellent specialised curriculum for students with special needs. It enhances the educational and social development of students with special needs attending mainstream schools by providing part-time special school placement for them and provides professional development for staff in mainstream settings.
Interact Australia is a successful and innovative not-for-profit organisation. Interact provides a range of community, disability, employment, training and hospitality services and programs to a wide and diverse client base.
Gambler's Help Western
The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST), or 'Foundation House' as it is also known, provides a range of services to people from refugee backgrounds who have survived torture or war related trauma. Foundation House provides direct services to clients in the form of counselling, advocacy, family support, group work, psycho-education, information sessions and complementary therapies. Direct services to clients are coupled with referral, training and education roles aimed at developing and strengthening the resources of various communities and service providers. Foundation House provides services across Melbourne with offices in Brunswick and Dandenong. Services are also provided in a number of rural and regional centres across Victoria. Foundation House is non-denominational, politically neutral and non-aligned.
Fertility Control Clinic
(Established 1972) The Fertility Control Clinic was established by abortion rights campaigner, Dr Bertram Wainer, in 1972. We are Melbourne’s first private clinic to provide women with confidential and safe abortion. Today the Fertility Control Clinic is the leading private provider of pregnancy termination, family planning and reproductive health.
Eastern Drug & Alcohol Service (EDAS)
Inner East Community Health Service.
Vision: Empowering individuals and communities in the Eastern Region to maximise their health and improve their lives by reducing the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs and the problems associated with their use.
Mission: As a core service within the three Community Health partners EDAS provides assessment, counselling, health promotion and related services to individuals, families and communities at risk of harmful alcohol and drug use. We work in partnership with other Alcohol and Drug Treatment service providers and other sectors, including Mental Health, to develop best practice responses to current and emerging patterns of alcohol and drug use and their associated harms.
Values: Our values are built on those of our three Community Health partners including quality, respect, integrity, partnerships, leadership, accountability, and innovation. These values underpin our approach and our work with partners, individuals and the community.
Mission:To empower individuals and communities to reach their full potential. Building on our proud heritage of migrant services, Diversitat aspires to provide an innovative and high quality response to the changing needs of a culturally diverse community.
Values: Dignity, respect and acceptance are basic values defining our humanity and must be afforded to every individual in our society. We value an ecologically sustainable environment and promote and celebrate harmony, cultural diversity, peace and social justice in our society.
Converge International is a not-for-profit and Wholly Australian Owned organisation with the wellbeing of people and their families at the heart of all we do. Over the last five decades our focus has broadened to providing practical solutions to maximise health and productivity in the workplace. In recent years the mega trends of globalisation and digitisation have further blurred the lines between work life and personal life. Today, driven by powerful communication networks and technology, employees face the added burden of always on mobile phones, portable computers, email and online applications. The growing clouds of depression, stress, addiction, conflict, bullying and unethical corporate behaviour are just some of the challenges our team of over 300 experts help manage every day.
Community West is a multi-program agency servicing Melbourne's western suburbs. Situated in a significant growth corridor, Community West has grown from a small residents' action group to a large community-based organisation. Community West is committed to the communities of Melbourne's western region and provides an integrated service to families and individuals. Our services are pivotal to building social capital in Melbourne's Western Suburbs.
Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services (CRS)
CRS Australia is a leading provider of disability employment and assessment services to people with a disability, injury or health condition. We have almost 70 years experience in our industry. We work in partnership with employers to find staff and we provide healthy and safe workplaces for employees through quality injury prevention and injury management services.
Broadmeadows Uniting Care
Today Broadmeadows Uniting Care is a multi-faceted organisation working with people at all levels of the community. Our aim is to build a strong community - one that can accommodate and benefit from the diversity and strengths that exist in and around Broadmeadows, and to provide support for the vulnerable, disadvantaged or socially isolated.
Australian Vietnamese Women's Association (AVWA)
Our Values: Integrity, Respect, Inclusion, Compassion, Excellence
Our Vision: A harmonious society in which everyone, irrespective of age, gender, skills, abilities, ethnicity & religion, feels valued, is motivated & empowered to contribute.
Our Mission: To help individuals and families: Know their rights, responsibilities, options and opportunities; Realise their full potential Improve their health, happiness and well being.
To operate as a non-profit Association to assist the settlement of Vietnamese speaking refugees and migrants in Victoria.
To provide material aid, practical assistance, emotional support and counselling to the above for the relief of distress, poverty, sickness, ignorance and helplessness.
To operate as learning and family support centre which will focus on the most disadvantaged sections of the community including: women, the unemployed and the educationally disadvantaged.
To assist the harmonious integration of the Vietnamese community in Australia by providing information on life in Australia to Vietnamese and providing information about Vietnamese culture and concerns to official bodies and the general public.
To do all such things as are lawful and conducive to the objectives of the Association.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
We are a truly unique place, one that knows that you need to work at the coalface providing people with their basic needs for survival while at the same time working for real social change. Our organization has one overarching goal which is to work for a system that provides for a humane and just treatment of all people seeking asylum. Since 2001 the ASRC has helped play an important part (with many other refugee organizations) in creating real social change for asylum seekers including helping:
- End the policy of children in detention
- End of Temporary Protection Visas
- End of charging people for being in detention
- End of the 45 day rule
- Closure of Manus Island and Nauru detention centres
- Asylum Seekers in Victoria have access to free medical emergency care in our public health system.
Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC)
Community-based support, information, and resources to help individuals manage anxiety and depression issues, including Anxiety, stress & worry, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Anglicare Victoria exists to protect the vulnerable in our community – a child suffering from abuse, a homeless young person, a women escaping domestic violence, an impoverished couple unable to feed their family – people who desperately need our help. We help people overcome their immediate crisis and offer hope for a long-term solution to their problems. We provide a range of programs including foster care, food and material aid, care for children with disabilities, family and financial counselling, assistance for victims of child abuse and neglect, parenting advice and support, residential and crisis accommodation for young people, and advocacy. We are constantly trying to develop new ways of working to meet the emerging needs of vulnerable people.