Two Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Counselling students recruited by placement host

Posted by on 1 September 2016

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Mosman Private Hospital (MPH) hired two ACAP graduates who completed their placements at the psychiatric and acute medical facility during 2016.

Both of the new MPH staff members made the switch from careers in unrelated fields to become counsellors.

After 15 years in sales and a corporate career that took her around the world, Kylie returned to Australia to study for a profession in community health. Her placement while studying the Graduate Diploma in Counselling at ACAP led to a job offer.

“Working with such a professional and supportive team has been an amazing experience that feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Kylie.

Claudia was a naturopath when she took an interest in studying Counselling and now has a Bachelor of Counselling from ACAP.

“I found when I began working in the field that one of the major skills I was lacking was counselling. Most clients are at the end of their tether and naturopaths are the last people they visit, after seeing every type of specialist. I thought in most cases they probably needed a counsellor, rather than a naturopath,” said Claudia.

“My placement went very smoothly at Mosman Private Hospital and I felt well-supported. They wanted you to learn and made sure it was an engaging experience. The supervisor was hands-on the whole way through. Everything was explained.”

Placement supervisor Melinda Barone is Head of Psychology and Allied Health at Mosman Private Hospital, which is part of the Healthscope group of private hospitals and medical centres. The corporation employs over 18,000 people worldwide.

“At MPH we pride ourselves on a five-star quality system of service excellence; teamwork; integrity; aspiration and responsibility. These are the qualities we look for in all employees and students and Healthscope fosters a working environment according to these qualities,” said Melinda.

“We aspire to provide expert medical and allied professionals so that we can provide a level of care to our customer that is both evidenced-based and uses the latest treatments.”

“Placements often lead to employment. It is a unique opportunity for employers to observe students’ qualities. In addition, supervisors are called to referee for students once they have qualified for employment. I encourage students to approach all placements with this in mind,” said Melinda.

ACAP offers Counselling courses from Diploma to Masters level, with part-time and full-time study options. Call our course advisers on 1800 061 199 to have your questions answered about course content, placement, study pathways and enrolment criteria.