Preparing students for a clinical placement within a mental health practice context
Within the mental health setting, there are several resources that can assist students in their preparation for their placement in a mental health setting. Some of these include:
- Health Education Training Institute (HETI) 'Preparing for placement in a specialist mental health setting'
- For Community managed organisations, the Mental Health Coordinating Council’s Practice Placements in the Community Managed Mental Health Sector project’s Placement Guide has a list of tips for students (Appendix 12, pp. 50-51) that are worth considering when entering into community based placements.
- The Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD) website has a comprehensive set of free modules for the mental health clinical educator to use as a platform to broaden your student’s understanding of common skill requirements within the mental health field. The clinical educator might want to use these as an introduction to the placement, during orientation or throughout the placement as learning tools for student supervision sessions. (In 2017 MHPOD to a new site address. If you were an existing member, please click this link for instructions on how to register for the new site: https://www.mhpod.gov.au/
Alternatively, you can utilise the various self-paced student tutorials and reflections listed below (Note: Students will need to join as a ClinEdAus member to access and log the guided reflection activities.