|Length of program||2 years|
|Coordination||Dra. C. Palma Dr. V. Cabré Prof. A. Gil|
The Practicum module counts for a total of 30 ECTS which are taken in two semesters (Practicum I, which is taken in the second semester of the first year – 12 ECTS - and Practicum II, which is taken in the first semester of the second year – 18 ECTS). In this way, students do outside practice for a one-year period (from January to December). The syllabus of the Practical module is primarily based on compulsory practical external activities which the student will perform at specialised centres. The Practicum works on general and specific competences of the Master’s supervised by the mentor at the outside centre and by a professor-mentor from the university. During the stay at the practicum centre, the student will have a mentor who will supervise and track the activities they perform. What is more, inside the Faculty the student will be assigned a mentor who will monitor and guide the practices from the twofold standpoint of the Practicum seminar: both individually and as a group. The group setting is ideal so the students can contribute and share their respective experiences. This thus encourages the construction of knowledge through group interaction, and it helps to cement the bond between practice and theoretical reflection.
Students must have free time available in order for them to participate in the Practicum properly.
The activities that the Practicum student will perform in each centre will stem from the commitment between the student and the Practicum centre, with the approval of the professor-mentor from the Master’s. However, the tasks to be performed depending on each centre may include the following:
a) Attendance at interviews, consultations and comments on clinical records, observation of therapies, attendance a meetings of the therapeutic team and clinical sessions.
b) A field diary which reports on the agenda of the day, the activities performed and a brief commentary.
c) Attendance at clinical sessions, training or supervision meetings at the Practicum centre.
d) A compilation of the meetings attended at the Practicum centre.
e) Developing a dossier of resources and documentation on some of the issues dealt with in the practicum: psychological diagnosis, psychometric and qualitative evaluation, intake interviews, therapeutic treatment, clinical records, etc.
f) Records of interviews held with the professionals at the Practicum centre.
g) Design and programming of an intervention or research project contextualised for the Practicum centre and in line with this centre’s needs.
The specific content of the practicum will be related to the care of people with problems or disorders. The student will perform the following tasks depending on the centre where they are assigned:
To take the Master’s course practice placements, students have to become members of the Psychological Association.
From the Master’s course, we promote the professional experience abroad. At present, we have an agreement with the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto) to carry out practice placements in appointed clinical centres.
The following will be taken into account when evaluating the Practicum (file on assessment reports on the Practicum)
Active participation in the outside practicum will count 50% at most, attendance 30% at most and writing assignments 20% at most.
The student must turn in a final report to the university mentor of the Practicum which should contain a detailed description of the activities that the student performed at the Practicum centre and reflections and critiques of this Practicum.
The mentor at the participating centre shall write and turn in to the university mentor in the Faculty a final report assessing the student’s experience.
The faculty shall solely be authorised to evaluate the student’s Practicum for academic purposes.
* In compliance with Ministerial Order ECD /1070/2013, dated 12 June 2013.