The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • No further intake
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • No further intake
Fees

AUD42,390 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

Duration

1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

Find out more about IELTS.

Program code: 40262
CRICOS code: 102639A

Program handbook

Description

The Master of Professional Psychology (Clinical Foundations) is an 80 unit exit award for students undertaking the Master of Clinical Psychology program. Upon completion of the exit award, students will be able to apply for an internship year with Ahpra to complete their registration requirements.

Students who choose to graduate with the exit award, Master of Professional Psychology (Clinical Foundations), will not be eligible for readmission to the Master of Clinical Psychology.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge of the following to their practice in clinical psychology: Psychological theories of the aetiology, progression and/or recovery, precursors and sequelae of psychological disorders, including incidence, prevalence and predisposing, risk, protective and maintenance factors.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge to interventions in the area of clinical psychology, including: Consultation and collaboration with other professionals regarding clinical planning and referrals, particularly in the context of complex case presentations.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge to interventions in the area of clinical psychology, including: Evidence-based practice in the understanding and management of psychological disorders, including across modalities such as e-health approaches.
  • Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice and investigate a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge of the following to their practice in clinical psychology: Both developmental systems and biopsychosocial models of health as they apply to psychological disorders as well as the multiple factors that impinge on mental health across the lifespan.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge of the following to their practice in clinical psychology: Psychopathology and relevant international taxonomies of classification of psychological disorders, particularly related to severe, complex and chronic mental illness.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge of the following to their practice in clinical psychology: Psychopharmacology, particularly as it relates to complex psychological disorders.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge to assessment in the area of clinical psychology, including: Evaluation of psychological disorders with reference to relevant international taxonomies of classification, particularly disorders of moderate to severe level and complexity use of assessment tools and processes related to a wide range of psychological disorders, and including psychometric tests, structured or semi-structured interviews, behavioural observations, measures of functionality and processes that enable collection of collateral information from multiple sources, including groups and systems relevant to the client.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge to assessment in the area of clinical psychology, including: Integration, interpretation, and synthesis of clinical psychological assessment data with the knowledge of psychopathology to inform case formulation, diagnosis and intervention.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge to assessment in the area of clinical psychology, including: Evaluation of symptom reduction, therapeutic outcomes, the therapeutic alliance and client progress throughout therapy.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge to interventions in the area of clinical psychology, including: Selection, tailoring and implementation of appropriate evidence-based interventions on the basis of an initial case formulation.
  • Apply advanced psychological knowledge to interventions in the area of clinical psychology, including: Monitoring of outcomes and modifications based on evolving case formulation, with care given to the appropriateness of interventions for the client within their wider context.

Details

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Program code40262
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code102639A

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Admission information

Admission requirements

The Master of Professional Psychology (Clinical Foundations) is an 80 unit exit award for students undertaking the Master of Clinical Psychology program.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

Students must complete 80 units of core courses to be eligible for the Master of Professional Psychology (Clinical Foundations).


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC6501Professional and Ethical Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6502Counselling and Psychological Intervention
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6503Psychological Practice: Adult Psychopathology
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6504Psychology Clinic Placement
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6505Research Development
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6506Clinical Psychology with Children and Families
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6507Assessment in Psychological Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6508Psychology Placement 2
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.