ASeTTS provides a variety of student placements. We are committed to providing opportunities for students to be placed at ASeTTS so that they may increase their understanding of the impact of torture and trauma and the refugee experience and enhance their skills and knowledge in relation to providing effective services to this client group. We may provide short, medium or long term placements- depending on the placement requirements and our programme capacity and needs. ASeTTS receives a large number of requests for student placements from WA, interstate and internationally from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, social work, rehabilitation counselling, occupational therapy, art therapy, youth work and community development. Our aim is to provide a quality experience for the student whilst maintaining a clear benefit to ASeTTS as a not for profit organisation. However, we have limited capacity to take students and placements are in high demand and competitive.

Process for Applying for a Student Placement

Placement opportunities at ASeTTS are limited. We generally have many more requests from students than there are places available. All requests for placements must come in writing from the University or TAFE teacher/academic supervising the student (i.e. not students directly). You are advised to apply well in advance (preferably at least 2 months) to maximise the chance of a placement. All enquiries regarding student placements should be sent to students@asetts.org.au Interested students should ask the staff member responsible for organising student field placements to email the request for placement to students@asetts.org.au at least two months before their proposed placement. All students require a current National Police Clearance.
Include in application:

  • Student’s name
  • Name of course and stage student is at (i.e Bachelor of Social Work, Year 4)
  • Duration and dates of placement, including number of hours required each week or overall.
  • Information about the learning objectives for the student while on placement.
  • Information about the supervisory responsibilities of ASeTTS, including any assessment or reports required.
  • The student’s current CV.
  • Whether or not the student holds a valid driver’s licence and has access to a vehicle (this may be necessary depending on the nature of the placement)
  • Copy of current National Police Clearance. A copy of a valid Working with children check (if available and applicable).

What Criteria Does ASeTTS use to Select Students?

  • A strong interest and/or awareness of refugee issues
  • An interest in and commitment to human rights
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills
  • Language skills of current refugee populations
  • A strong respect for diversity in the workplace
  • Initiative
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Holds a current police check and working with children check
  • Students who meet the criteria and themselves have a refugee background will be given preference.
  • If applicable, possession of a valid driver’s licence and access to a vehicle

NOTE: Potential placement students will be required to attend an interview at ASeTTS before the placement is finalised. Please note that ASeTTS’ decisions in regards to student placements are final and due to the volume of requests there is no appeals process. We review requests for student placements periodically throughout the year and it is therefore important to lodge your request well in advance of the date you wish to commence your placement. Only requests which have been received in writing providing the information outlined above will be considered.