Psychology Clinic Placement

10 Units

The Psychology Clinic placement is normally of 32 days duration and should ordinarily be the first in the sequence of placements, it provides students with opportunities: (a) to develop inter-personal, intra-personal and professional/clinical skills (b) to observe practice by qualified professionals (c) to apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills they have acquired in assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and reporting (d) to receive feedback on their performance (e) to gain experience in the planning and organisation of services

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic professional/clinical, inter-personal and intra-personal skills.
  2. Demonstrate a basic level of counselling Skills.
  3. Engage in clinical supervision in a manner which will help their professional/practical, inter-personal and intra-personal skills¿ development.
  4. Select, administer and report appropriate psychological instruments for assessment or other methods for data collection, and analyse and evaluate the results within a clinical setting.
  5. Integrate and interpret information from a range of sources in order to arrive at a formulation (describe clients¿ problems within a psychological framework).
  6. Devise and implement an action plan which is evidence based and clearly derived from the formulation.
  7. Monitor and evaluate the effects of the action plan and make modifications as required.
  8. Provide clear, comprehensive, accurate, and relevant verbal and written reports of their activities.
  9. Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner
  10. Understand the organisation of the clinical unit and work effectively and co-operatively within that organisation.
  1. Introduction to the Clinic setting, including points of decision making, channels of communication, roles and functioning of key staff.
  2. Observation of the supervisors’ professional work, including (where relevant) reports of clinical activity.
  3. Attendance at and participation in supervision meetings.
  4. The provision of clinical care to one or more clients.
  5. Instruction and guidance in ethical and professional conduct, the choice of assessment instruments, the development and evaluation of psychological formulations and action plans, and the construction of reports.
  6. Feedback on and supervision of the student’s placement work.
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical & Health Psychology programs.
Assumed Knowledge It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology which included course(s) on abnormal psychology and which has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. It is also assumed that students will have completed the courses PSYC6502, Counselling and Clinical Intervention, and PSYC6501, Professional and Ethical Practice, or that they are taking these courses concurrently.
Assessment Items
  • Project: DVD of recorded counselling session with self-reflected report *
  • Practical Demonstration: Cognitive Assessment *
  • Professional Task: Placement supervisor's evaluation *
  • Professional Task: Review of placement *
Contact Hours
  • Practicum: for 16 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Each placement is normally of 32 days duration. Placement days are deemed to have commenced only after a learning agreement has been received and approved by the placement coordinator. Placements may continue across the academic semester boundaries.)
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6504

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