Clin Psyc PhD Placement 1

Course code PSYC6540Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Clinical placements provide students with opportunities (a) to observe clinical 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. Each placement is normally of 62 days duration, at a rate of 2 days a week for approximately 31 weeks, totalling 500 hours. Placements are available in a wide range of settings.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the School.

This course includes a Compulsory Course Component that requires the submission of:
1. Supervisor's evaluation of clinical competence; and
2. Placement log-book

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
ObjectivesAt the conclusion of the placement students will be able to do the following at a level of expertise appropriate to their stage of training:

1. Establish appropriate relationships with their clients and/or the clients carers and obtain relevant information from them.
2. Select and administer appropriate instruments for assessment, 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, 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.
Content1. Introduction to the placement setting, including points of decision making, channels of communication, roles and functioning of key staff.
2. Observation of the supervisors clinical work, including reports of clinical activity.
3. Attendance at and participation in staff meetings.
4. 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.
5. Feedback on and supervision of the students' clinical work, including report writing.
Replacing Course(s)None
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIt 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 Psychological Society. For all placements except those in the University Clinic, it is assumed that students have some experience of working with clients in a clinical setting. It is also assumed that students will have completed the courses Counselling and Clinical Intervention (PSYC6502) and Professional and Ethical Practice (PSYC6501) or that they are taking these courses concurrently.
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne report of clinical activity (case study)for each 250 hours of placement (course objectives 1-6).
Other: (please specify)This assessment has a Compulsory Course Component with a requirement that the student be judged to have performed 'at or above the level expected for the stage of training'. Assessment of this course requires the submission of:
1. Supervisor's evaluation of clinical competence; and
2. Placement log book
With the evaluation confirmed by a Committee (including the program convenor).

This Compulsory Course Component is required for the course objectives 1-8 and contributes to the requirements for accreditation with the College of Clinical Psychologists and registration with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board.

This item is not deemed complete without the submission of the logbook.

Make-up provisions
Students who are unable to complete part of their placement will still have sufficient placement experience to base the Supervisors report and logbook on.

Progress report
Students' progress on their placements is assessed routinely (around the middle of the placement) during a meeting between the student, the supervisor, and the School's Placement Coordinator. Feedback is provided for the student and steps to remedy any shortcomings are negotiated with the supervisor. At these reviews the Coordinator will also check the quality of the students' entries in their log-books and will recommend improvements if shortcomings are found.
Contact HoursPracticum: for 16 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC6540