Psychology Placement 5

10 Units

Psychology placements provide students with opportunities (a) to observe practice by qualified professionals; (b) to apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills they have acquired in assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and reporting; (c) to receive feedback on their performance; and (d) to gain experience in the planning and organisation of services. Students must undertake at least 1000 hours (Masters), or 1500 hours (Doctorate) of practical experience spread over four (Masters) or five (Doctorate) placements. This placement is normally of 32 days duration, at a rate of 2 days a week for approximately 16 weeks. Placements are available in a wide range of settings.

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. Establish appropriate relationships with their clients (and/or relevant carers) and communicate effectively with them to obtain and provide information.
  2. Select and administer appropriate instruments for assessment or other methods for data collection, and analyse and evaluate the results
  3. Integrate and interpret information from a range of sources in order to arrive at a formulation (describe clients┬┐ problems within a psychological framework).
  4. Devise and implement an action plan which is evidence based and clearly derived from the formulation.
  5. Monitor and evaluate the effects of the action plan and make modifications as required.
  6. Provide clear, comprehensive, accurate, and relevant verbal and written reports of their activities.
  7. Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.
  8. Understand the organisation of the clinical unit and work effectively and co-operatively within that organisation.
  1. Introduction to the placement 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 staff meetings.
  4. In most instances, the provision of clinical care to one or more clients, or active participation in one or more stages of a health promotion project.
  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 students placement work, including report writing.

Supervision within the psychology profession is an interactive and collaborative activity that takes place between individuals and/or as part of small groups of peers. Developing knowledge and understanding of supervision and supervisory skills is an essential aspect of clinical professional practice.

The proposed supervision module offers students an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the developmental model of supervision, with a particular emphasis on building the supervisory relationship, exploring practice and supervisory styles, consolidating learning and development, monitoring clinical practice, providing effective feedback and evaluating learning goals.

  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology or Doctor of Clinical and Health Psycology program.
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 assumed that students have already completed all the coursework and clinical placements which are included in the Master of Clinical Psychology program.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assessment *
  • Participation: Supervisors evaluation of competence *
  • Professional Task: Review of Placement *
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
  • Practicum: for 14 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (A total commitment of 64 days. Placement days are deemed to have commenced only after a learning agreement has been received and approved by the placement coordinator. Placement may occur outside of academic semesters.)
  • Workshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Weeks (Supervision module student project - student delivers two group supervision sessions to their peers on Placement at the University Psychology Clinic)
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6517

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