Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 1

Subject PSYC90039 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-May-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: 300 hours
Total Time Commitment:

300 hours total


Enrolment in one of the following Psychology professional training programs, 527CL, 527CN, 080CL, 080CN or MC-PSYCHCS

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

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

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 Angie Jackman


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

This field placement and clinical skills subject introduces students to clinical neuropsychology services in a variety of settings, which might include adult and paediatric care in neurological, neurosurgical, psychiatric, and rehabilitation settings. It also incorporates clinical skills workshops. All principle field supervisors are registered, and Members (or eligible for Membership) of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.

It is a requirement of the Australian Accreditation Council and the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Neuropsychologists that students complete a minimum of 1000 hours of placement training during the two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) course. This first year placement subject provides approximately 160 hours of patient-related external placement, 48 hours of internal group supervision (student case conference), and 92 hours of clinical skills and assessment workshops.

Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 1 consists of the following components:

  1. Direct observation of patients referred to neuropsychology services at teaching hospitals.
  2. Attendance at hospital-based group supervision sessions and clinical meetings, involving intensive discussion of cases directly observed during component 1.
  3. Student case conference (internal group supervision). These two-hour conferences are held weekly during semester 1 and 2 on the Parkville campus.
  4. Assessment seminars: 32 hours of seminars on neuropsychological assessment techniques.
  5. Clinical skills workshops: 60 hours of workshops on specific clinical skills.

Seminars and workshops are designed to enhance the development of practical professional-level skills.

Learning Outcomes:

The objectives of this subject are to:

  1. develop initial familiarity with the clinical features of neuropsychological disorders, problem-oriented interviewing and communication, formal neuropsychological examination, diagnostic formulation, and case presentation;
  2. enhance practical skill acquisition in standardized techniques of neuropsychological interaction

A hurdle requirement of attendance at, and satisfactory performance of:

  1. All allocated direct patient observation, hospital-based group supervision, and clinical meetings;
  2. Satisfactory attendance at student case conference (minimum of 80% of scheduled sessions);
  3. Satisfactory completion of all workshops on assessment techniques
  4. Satisfactory completion of all day workshops on specific clinical skills

University and field supervisors will conjointly determine whether the student has passed the placements.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Analysis and critical thinking, through evaluating the complex and varying information that needs to be amalgamated for a successful clinical interaction

Attention to detail, through observation of features that differentiate one individual from another, and appreciation of the significance of detailed observation for effective real world action

Written communication, through completion of reports

Time management and planning, through organising and integrating multiple demands of the subject

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

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