APS practice certificate programs involve completion of extended online professional education and training in purpose-specific or context-specific practice areas, and offer practitioners opportunities to consolidate and market their expertise in these areas. APS practice certificates normally consist of four online courses or equivalent. Choice of this online delivery format is designed to facilitate national delivery and offer continuous course enrolment with self-paced, 24-hour access to learning materials.

Each APS practice certificate accounts in total for approximately 28 hours of active (screen-based) professional development, i.e., about 7 hours per course, plus additional reading and self-study. Enrolment for each course is for a maximum 6-month period. Courses may be taken separately but there is normally a recommended order or sequence for enrolment. All courses contain practice quizzes and a final assessment. Certificates of completion are issued on successful completion of the final assessment for each course and the APS practice certificate is awarded following successful completion of all four course components.

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Current APS Institute practice certificate programs

APS Practice Certificate in Disaster Support

Victorian Bushfires 2009. The city of Bendigo, which lost 50 homes and a stadium to fires, 8 February 2009.

The APS Practice Certificate in Disaster Support consists of four online courses that focus on various aspects of preparing for disasters and responding to the social and psychological needs of persons and communities affected by disasters. Major emphasis is placed on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters although course materials also have relevance for understanding human-made disasters.

This online certificate program in whole or part is suitable for psychologists, other health and counselling practitioners, volunteers and other service providers who may work, or are working, in disaster affected communities and who wish to prepare themselves for such work.

Courses can be selected and taken individually although the APS Institute strongly recommends Course A: Disasters in context as basic preparation for the three remaining courses that make up the program. Courses B and C deal with more specifically with psychologists’, counsellors’ and other practitioners’ service support in the early days or weeks following a natural disaster (Course B) and for people with moderate levels of distress in the months following an event (Course C). Course D addresses ethical and professional issues that should be managed when working in disaster affected communities.

The four online courses that constitute this training are:

In addition to receiving a certificate of completion for each course completed successfully, course enrolees who successfully complete all four courses above will receive the APS Practice Certificate in Disaster Support to acknowledge their completion of this extended program of training.

APS Practice Certificate in Sleep Psychology

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The APS Practice Certificate in Sleep Psychology has been developed by the APS Institute in close collaboration with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA).

The content has been selected and assembled to enable psychologists and other sleep practitioners to gain knowledge of, and insight into, healthy and disordered sleep, including the assessment and management of the common sleep disorders.

Courses can be selected and taken individually although the APS Institute strongly recommends Part 1: Introduction to sleep psychology as basic preparation for the three remaining courses that make up the program.

The four component courses in the program are as follows:

In addition to receiving a certificate of completion for each course completed successfully, course enrolees who successfully complete all four courses above will receive the APS Practice Certificate in Sleep Psychology to acknowledge their completion of this extended program of training.

APS Practice Certificate in Services for Older Adults

The APS Practice Certificate in Services for Older Adults has been developed by the APS Institute in close collaboration with the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group (PAIG).

The content of this practice certificate has been selected and assembled to enable psychologists and other allied practitioners to gain further knowledge of, and insight into, normal and pathological ageing and to up skill practitioners in providing services for older adults.

Courses can be selected and taken individually although the APS Institute strongly recommends Part 1: Introduction to ageing as basic preparation for the three remaining courses that make up the program.

In addition to receiving a certificate of completion for each course completed successfully, course enrolees who successfully complete all four courses above will receive the APS Practice Certificate in Services for Older Adults to acknowledge their completion of this extended program of training.