Advanced Psychological Practice

Subject PSYC90017 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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:
Not offered in 2015
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 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:


Assoc Prof Carol Hulbert


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

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 various clinical, professional practice and evaluation issues. 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 public and private sector contexts for clinical practice, and related regulations, policies and procedures relating to service evaluation and quality assurance, supervision, practice management and professional development.

Learning Outcomes:

Student learning outcomes include advanced knowledge of empirically validated psychological treatments for complex presentations, and processes and procedures pertaining clinical consultation and supervision. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of regulations and procedures relevant to public and private sector clinical practice, including business management and quality assurance. Students will gain knowledge of relevant statutory regulations, including professional development.


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 two 6-hour clinical workshops providing training in (1) Grief Counselling, (2) Motivational Interviewing and (3) a 2 hour Business Practice workshop.

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 Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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