Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Psychology placements provide students with opportunities to (a) observe practice by qualified professionals; (b) apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills they have acquired in assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and reporting; (c) receive feedback on their performance; and (d) gain experience in the planning and organisation of services. Students must undertake at least 1000 hours of practical experience spread over four placements. Each placement is normally 32 days duration, at a rate of 2 days a week for approximately 16 weeks. Placements are available in a wide range of settings.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Establish appropriate relationships with their clients (and/or relevant carers) and communicate effectively with them to obtain and provide information.

2. Select and administer appropriate instruments for assessment or other methods for data collection, 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, comprehensive, 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.


  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, including (where relevant) reports of clinical activity.
  3. Attendance at and participation in staff meetings.
  4. In most instances, the provision of clinical care to one or more clients, or active participation in one or more stages of a health promotion project.
  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, including 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, 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 Intervention and PSYC6501 Professional and Ethical Practice.

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:

  • Professional Task: 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.
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

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.

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 16 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

A total commitment of 32 days. Placement days are deemed to have commenced only after a learning agreement has been received and approved by the placement coordinator. Note that placements may cross academic semester boundaries.