Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Psychology placements provide students with opportunities (a) to observe practice by qualified professionals; (b) to apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills they have acquired in assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and reporting; (c) to receive feedback on their performance; and (d) to gain experience in the planning and organisation of services. Students must undertake at least 1000 hours (Masters), or 1500 hours (Doctorate) of practical experience spread over four (Masters) or five (Doctorate) placements. This placement is normally of 32 days duration, at a rate of 2 days a week for approximately 16 weeks. Placements are available in a wide range of settings.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

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 supervisors' 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 students placement work, including report writing.

Supervision within the psychology profession is an interactive and collaborative activity that takes place between individuals and/or as part of small groups of peers. Developing knowledge and understanding of supervision and supervisory skills is an essential aspect of clinical professional practice.

The proposed supervision module offers students an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the developmental model of supervision, with a particular emphasis on building the supervisory relationship, exploring practice and supervisory styles, consolidating learning and development, monitoring clinical practice, providing effective feedback and evaluating learning goals.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology program.

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 assumed that students have already completed all the coursework and clinical placements which are included in the Master of Clinical Psychology program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assessment *

Participation: Supervisors evaluation of competence *

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.
  • Participation: 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.

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.
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration - Declaration that student is not a prohibited person in terms of the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.