Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Standards of professional and ethical practice are the pillars of psychological practice which safeguard the welfare of clients and clinicians. In this course, students will be encouraged to explore their own values and develop critical thinking frameworks for ethical decision making as a psychologist. Course material focuses on developing the foundational knowledge and skills in ethical and professional practice required to commence clinical practice.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Define the various roles of psychologists within the organisational contexts of their professional practice. (Competency 3.11)

2. Demonstrate and apply the relevant legal and ethical codes to their practice. (Competencies 3.11, 3.12, 3.14)

3. Demonstrate clinical skills in developing a therapeutic relationship including confidentiality and risk assessment. (Competencies 3.12)

4. Write clear, concise, and relevant reports and keep appropriate records of their work. (Competency 3.13)

5. Demonstrate sensitivity to human diversity, including intercultural and Indigenous issues. (Competencies 3.3, 3.14)


  • The 'scientist-professional' model and evidence-based practice.
  • Professional ethics and codes of conduct.
  • Legislation relating to the professional practice of psychology.
  • Record keeping, report writing, and practice management.
  • The organisational contexts for the practice of psychology.
  • Diversity, including indigenous and multicultural issues.
  • Personal health and safety, including stress management and aggression minimisation.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Public safety including assessing and managing risk.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Professional Psychology [40117], the Master of Clinical Psychology [40187], or the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) [11539].

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology that has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes *

Written Assignment: Written Assessment *

Viva Voce: Clinical viva and practical demonstration *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Viva Voce: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Quiz: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 18 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

This course is taught in intensive mode during the week before commencement of Semester 1 and during Week 1 of Semester 1.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.