Psychological practica prepare students for their internship year by providing opportunities to apply, under supervision, the professional psychology skills they have acquired. Students will also receive feedback on their performance. The PSYC6526 placement is normally of 20 days duration. At the conclusion of this placement, students will demonstrate basic counselling skills. This course provides students with opportunities to develop inter-personal, intra-personal and professional skills and to observe practice by qualified professionals.
- Semester 1 - 2022
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways. (Competency 3.2)
2. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner, with respect to a range of socially and culturally diverse clients. (Competency 3.3)
3. Conduct professional interviews/assessments as appropriate including assessment of risk to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions, including management of risk. (Competency 3.4, 3.6)
4. Interpret and communicate findings in writing using culturally appropriate language. (Competency 3.8)
5. Design and/or implement appropriate empirically support interventions and monitor intervention outcomes. (Competency 3.9)
6. Demonstrate respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals. (Competency 3.10)
7. Work effectively with a range of professional and support staff in the workplace and communicate and collaborate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements. (Competency 3.11)
8. Operate within the boundaries of their professional competence, consult with peers or other relevant sources where appropriate, and refer on to relevant other practitioners where appropriate (Competency 3.12)
9. Rigorously apply professional practice policies and procedures, including as they relate to referral management and record keeping, with recognition of different organisational cultures and practices. (Competency 3.13)
10. Engage in self-reflective professional practice, taking account of the impact of their own values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result. (Competencies 3.14)
11. Evaluate the effectiveness of professional practice of their professional practice, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed. (Competencies 3.15)
12. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice. (Competency 3.16)
- Introduction to the profession of psychology, including legal and ethical obligations relevant to public safety and that of psychologists.
- Observation of the supervisors' professional work.
- Attendance at and participation in supervision meetings.
- Instruction and guidance in the choice of assessment instruments, the development and evaluation of psychological case formulations and action plans, and the construction of reports.
- Feedback on and supervision of the student's placement work.
Students must be enrolled in the Master of Professional Psychology  in order to enrol in this course.
It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year sequence in psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Project: DVD of recorded counselling session with self-reflective report *
Professional Task: Placement supervisor's evaluation *
Professional Task: Review of placement *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
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. - Student will be required to participate in any induction processes required by the placement site.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- Project: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
- Ahpra Requirement - Provisional or full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra)
- National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
Face to Face Off Campus 15 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Placement is normally of 20 days duration (7.5 hours per day). Placement days are deemed to have commenced only after a learning agreement has been received and approved by the placement coordinator or program convenor.
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