Advanced Psychological Practice

Subject PSYC90017 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks, plus attendance at three 6-hour clinical workshops
Total Time Commitment:

54 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC approved psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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Subject Overview:

Students will be given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of advanced clinical practice issues, including psychotherapy process, treatment approaches for complex clinical presentations, clinical consultancy risk assessment and primary prevention approaches. Students will gain critical understanding of the context for clinical practices, including evaluation and quality assurance, supervision and professional development.

Learning Outcomes:

It is the overall aim of this unit to foster a sense of professional identity and competence through the exploration of advanced treatment approaches and complex clinical practice issues. The subject is concerned with the examination of aspects of clinical psychology practice with an emphasis on students developing a critical approach to varoius clinical, professional practice and evaluation issues.


An in-class presentation based on one of twelve lecture topics (20% of assessment).

An end of semester assignment of a 2,000 word essay (80% of assessment).

A hurdle requirement of attendance at three 6-hour clinical workshops providing training in (1) Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, (2) Motivational Interviewing and (3) Grief Counselling.

Prescribed Texts:

A series of readings will be provided in class

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Analytic and synthesizing skills leading to improved information integration

Problem-solving skills

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

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