Clinical Neuropsych Placement 2#

Subject 512-972 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 37.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Year Long, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 95 placement days over the year. 1.5 hour conference per week for 24 weeks
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: PSYC00039 Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Jacqueline Frances Anderson


Dr J. Anderson
Subject Overview:

A. Field Placements. Students are required to successfully complete field placements of a total of 94 days. These placements may occur in a variety of professional settings including adult and child, acute and rehabilitation, and specialist neuropsychological services. As such, the placements will provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the professional practice of clinical neuropsychology.

Supervisors will be members (or eligible for membership) of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. The field supervisors will be responsible for ensuring that students are adequately introduced to the field setting and for day-to-day supervision of the student's placement. Field Supervisors will ensure that students are exposed to a range of clinical work, as far as possible allowing the student to function as a Clinical Neuropsychologist within the facility.

B. Clinical Neuroscience Series. This component will vary from one placement setting to another, and might not occur in some settings. It aims to provide students with systematic exposure to the fields such as neuropathology, clinical neurology and neuroimaging as these apply to the practice of clinical neuropsychology. The component will consist of seminars, attendance at neurology ward rounds, and relevant clinical meetings at the major teaching hospitals.

C. Case Conference. This component provides a forum for integration of material learned in other didactic and experiential settings, including diagnosis, assessment, case formulation and treatment. Second year students will be given the opportunity to gain valuable experience in presenting completed or on-going cases in a coherent and integrated manner.

D. Assessment Skills Workshops. Students will participate in a 1-day workshop to be coordinated by the Stream Convenors. It will be held prior to the start of classes in Semester 1 and will be an extension of the workshop conducted within the first year placement. Students instructed in the administration of specialist tests related to their stream.

Objectives: Students will be given an opportunity to develop some familiarity with a range of psychiatric and neuropsychological presentations and begin to function as practitioners, although closely supervised by field supervisors. Students will be instructed on how to take a history, conduct a mental status examinaiton and arrive at a case formulation, be aware of courses and prognoses of disorders, and make some tentative treatment recommendations. They will become familiar with neuropsychological testing and the interaction between neuropsychological and neurological/neuropsychiatric diagnosis and management.
Assessment: This subject is marked on a Pass/Fail only basis.

University supervisors will have contact with students and field supervisors throughout the placements. The University and field supervisors will jointly determine whether the student has passed the placement. Both supervisors and the student will formally meet in the middle and at the end of each of the placements to determine progress and outcome. Feedback will be given regularly to the student.

If it becomes apparent during placement that the student's performance is inadequate in some respect, then the supervisors, in consultation with the Stream Convenor, will attempt to rectify deficiencies, if necessary by requiring the student to undergo further training. Students who do not receive a satisfactory report from their placement supervisor may be required to complete a further placement before being passed in this component.

Students will be required to keep a log book of their daily activities including patient contacts, and have completed written summaries of all assessments/interventions conducted with patients to the satisfaction of both field and university supervisors.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

Analytical, information integration and synthesizing skills

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology(Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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