Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This 32 day placement will give students practical skills in professional clinical psychology practice. Students will have opportunities to develop inter-personal, intra-personal and professional/clinical skills; to observe practice by qualified professionals; to apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills they have acquired in assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and reporting; to receive feedback on their performance; and to gain experience in the planning and organisation of services. At the conclusion of this placement, students will demonstrate foundational skills in clinical psychology practice relevant to the context.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate effective culturally responsive professional/clinical, inter-personal and intra-personal skills. (Competency 3.3)

2. Demonstrate competent counselling skills. (Competency 3.9)

3. Engage in clinical supervision in a manner which will help their professional/practical, inter-personal and intra-personal skills development. (Competencies 3.12, 3.14, 3.15, 4.2.3.iii)

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. (Competencies 3.4, 3.6, 4.2.2.ii)

5. Integrate, interpret, and synthesise clinical information from a range of sources to develop a psychological formulation that will guide intervention. (Competencies 3.6, 4.2.2.iii, 4.2.3.i)

6. Devise and implement psychological intervention plans which are evidence based and clearly derived from formulations. (Competencies 3.2, 3.9, 4.2.2.iii, 4.2.3.i)

7. Monitor, evaluate, and modify interventions based on their effectiveness. (Competencies 3.7, 3.9, 4.2.2.iv, 4.2.3.i, 4.2.3.ii)

8. Provide culturally appropriate, clear, comprehensive, accurate, and relevant verbal and written reports of their activities. (Competencies 3.3, 3.8)

9. Maintain behaviour consistent with ethical and professional standards with a focus on ensuring public safety. (Competencies 3.3, 3.10, 3.11, 3.13)

10. Work effectively and co-operatively by following the procedures of the psychology clinic. (Competencies 3.10, 3.11, 3.13)


  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.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in 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 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-reflective report *

Practical Demonstration: Cognitive Assessment *

Professional Task: Placement supervisor's evaluation *

Professional Task: Review of placement *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Practicum: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Project: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 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.

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