Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.

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, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical & Health Psychology

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 *

* 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:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students cannot repeat placement.
  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students cannot repeat the placement.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students cannot repeat the placement.
  • Project: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students cannot repeat the placement.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment.
  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • 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.