APS2019: Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award
Congratulations to Professor Craig Gonsalvez (SSAP, THRI) for being awarded The Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award from the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
The award recognises outstanding contribution to the education of psychologists in Australia and is conferred annually by the APS to honour impactful, innovative and sustained contribution to the area of psychology education in Australia.
The nomination was based on Gonsalvez' contributions to clinical supervision over the last 20 years, and on innovative contributions to competence pedagogy especially to the assessment of psychology practitioner competencies over the last decade. He will be presented the award at the 2020 Australian Psychological Society Conference at which he will also deliver an invited keynote address.
Gonsalvez is an international leader in the domain of clinical supervision with over 30 scientific publications in the area and several keynote addresses at national and international conferences. His achievements in the area of clinical supervision include impactful contributions to competency-based models of clinical supervision and leadership of a team that designed, developed, delivered and evaluated a new supervisor training curriculum for the APS Institute. This supervisor training program has been rolled out nationally over several years.
In the area of competency assessment Gonsalvez has led a large multisite clinical and research group that has designed and evaluated innovative instruments including the Clinical Psychology Practicum Competency Rating Scale (CYPRS) and the Vignette-Matching Assessment Tool (VMAT). These instruments are currently being used by over 25 universities across Australia and internationally. In the research domain, he has been the recipient of several nationally competitive grants and, in the teaching space, he has been the recipient of two nationally competitive teaching awards including a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2016, and a Teaching Excellence award in 2017.