Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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 PSYC6527 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
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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 their professional practice, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed. (Competencies 3.15)


  1. Continued development of awareness of legal and ethical obligations relevant to public safety and that of psychologists.
  2. Observation of the supervisors' professional work.
  3. Attendance at and participation in supervision meetings.
  4. 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.
  5. Feedback on and supervision of the student's placement work.


Students must be enrolled in the Master of Professional Psychology [40117] in order to enrol in this course.

Students must have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in PSYC6526 in order to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year sequence in psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Assessment items

Project: Self-reflective Report *

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.
  • Project: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



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

Placement is normally of 20 days duration. Placement days are deemed to have commenced only after a learning agreement has been received and approved by the placement coordinator or program convenor.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.