Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Clinical placements provide students with opportunities to apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills they have acquired in assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and reporting. Students will also receive feedback on their performance and gain experience in the planning and organisation of clinical services. Students must undertake at least 1000 hours of practical experience spread over four placements. Each placement is normally of 33 days duration, at a rate of 2 days a week for approximately 17 weeks. At the conclusion of this placement, students will demonstrate achievement of core professional competencies in clinical psychology practice relevant to the context and their stage of training, with increased skill development as the student progresses through their practicum training program (across all four placement courses).



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Establish therapeutic relationships with a range of socially and culturally diverse clients and communicate professionally and effectively with them in a culturally responsive manner. (Competencies 3.3)

2. Conduct clinical interviews and select, administer and report appropriate psychological assessments for a wide range of psychological disorders, and analyse and evaluate the results within a clinical setting. (Competencies 3.4, 3.6, 4.2.2.ii)

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

4. 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)

5. Monitor clients’ progress, the therapeutic alliance, evaluate intervention outcomes and make modifications as required. (Competencies 3.2, 3.7, 3.9, 4.2.2.iv, 4.2.3.i, 4.2.3.ii)

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

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

8. Work effectively and co-operatively with a range of professionals and support staff in the workplace by following the procedures of the organisation and working within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements. (Competencies 3.10, 3.11, 3.13)

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


  1. Introduction to the placement setting, including points of decision making, channels of communication, roles and functioning of key staff.
  2. Observation of the supervisor's professional work, where available including (where relevant) reports of clinical activity.
  3. Attendance at and participation in clinical staff meetings.
  4. In most instances, 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 psychological intervention  plans, and the construction of reports.
  6. Feedback on and supervision of the student's placement work, including assessment, formulation and intervention and report writing.

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 have already completed the courses PSYC6502 Counselling and Intervention and PSYC6501 Professional and Ethical Practice. It is assumed that students have completed at least two clinical placements unless otherwise approved.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case study *

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:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students cannot repeat the placement
  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students cannot repeat the placement

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Ahpra Requirement - Provisional or full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) - NB: Registration must be renewed each year.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. - This includes immunisations, national police certificate and code of conduct.
  • 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. - Please refer to host organisation to confirm Working With Children Check requirements.

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 15 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

A total commitment of 33 days. Placement days are deemed to have commenced only after a learning agreement has been received and approved by the placement coordinator. Placements may occur outside of academic semesters.

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