In the workplace in Mental Health: The Preceptor and The Student Interviews with Yebble Isaacs

Rosalie (L) and Cassie (R) meet with
Roger Turvey at Yorgum

Marr Mooditj Training (MMT) works in partnership with a number of community based organisations who support the placements of students within our Mental Health care related courses. One of our key partners who supports our students on placement is St John of God Hospital (SJOG) in particular their service Drug Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN).

Marr Mooditj has been supported by DAWN for a number of years in giving students the opportunity to showcase and apply the knowledge and skills that they have gained within the classroom. As the Work Placement Administrator within the Mental Health programs, I have had the opportunity to meet with Rosalie Kickett, Aboriginal Health and Cultural Worker, SJOG, who was observing our student Cassie Docherty on work placement.

Rosalie (L) and Cassie (R) meet with Roger Turvey at Yorgum

Rosalie (L) and Cassie (R) meet with
Roger Turvey at Yorgum

The Student Experience – Cassie Docherty

Where were you at when you decided to study with Marr Mooditj Training?

I was working full-time in homelessness field and I decided to quit my job and update my skills for better career prospects.

What made you choose Marr Mooditj Training as your preferred Registered Training Organisation?

Marr Mooditj Training has been connected with my family for some time and it was an easy choice to study here for that reason. Along with the flexible and hands on learning structure it offers.

How did you take your role as a student on prac?

I took this very seriously and wanted to learn as much as I could. Also to positively represent MMT, by being a dedicated student during placement.

Did you encounter any problems along the way?

Not really. I got mixed up once with a location and this was not a big issue. Just embarrassing!

Tell us a bit more about your prac experience

My placement was not what I expected. But then I wasn’t too sure what to expect from it and went in with an open mind. I did really enjoy it and could see myself working in drug and alcohol/mental health settings. I could see the connection between theory and practice. Mostly during client interviews, in the form of communication techniques. E.g. open ended questions and leading questions etc. Also body language in the clients and reading non-verbal signs etc.

The Preceptor Experience – Rosalie Kickett

How do you take on your role as a Preceptor?

It’s similar to Cultural Guidance and passing down the information on to the next generation. I take this role seriously as it is essential and is a necessity. I find it invaluable to carry out the role with a relaxed approach as this invites the students into your workplace feeling comfortable and encourages the students to remain relaxed and focused throughout their work day.

How do you, or would you, bridge the gap between theory and practice?

Due to the fact that students complete in-class training gaining the relevant skills and knowledge before coming onto prac; when trying to bridge the gap between theory and practice, I find it works easier if you were to apply the practice and then tie it back to theory. Working this way you can really see the student making the connections between theory and practice which is what it’s all about.

What are some benefits to have a student complete work placement with you?

As I have worked within the sector for over 30 years, it is great to be able to pass on knowledge and skills that I have learnt. Not only does the placement give you an opportunity to share your wealth of knowledge and skill but also an opportunity to learn from the students. Student placements offer huge benefits to SJOG as this is up skilling of the next generation and the next line of employees. Also by hosting student placements we are first hand observing the students, you can see how much potential a student may have and with the right training you may see huge success stories.