Clinical Practicum: Adolescents

Subject PSYT90034 (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:

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: 24 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours total

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

Currently working in the field

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

A minimum of 80% attendance at practicums

For the purposes of considering request 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. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :


Assoc Prof Sophie Havighurst


Academic contact

Dr Sophie Havighurst

Administrative contact

Victoria Kingsley


Subject Overview:

This clinical practicum is designed to provide closely supported training in clinical work and promote the participants’ practical application of the theoretical material covered in PSYT90032. The clinical practicum is conducted in small groups (approximately 3 to 5 participants per group), under the guidance of experienced supervisors.

This subject will cover:

  • the structure and safety of the therapeutic environment and setting limits;
  • various forms of engagement and the development of a therapeutic relationship;
  • maintaining the privacy of the therapeutic relationship and managing crises; and
  • specific strategies and techniques which may be used in clinical work with adolescents and issues in continuity of care.

It will require the maintenance of a log in which therapy contacts will be recorded.

Students should note that attending and undertaking activities in this subject will not be possible without at current Working with Children Check.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will hone specific therapeutic skills required for effective individual work with adolescents, accounting for:

  • Issues relating to the environment in which therapy can effectively take place.
  • The goals of therapy.
  • Identification of therapeutic interventions that may be more suitable for a specific adolescent in their specific environment.
  • Ethical issues and continuity of care issues.
  • Case assessment of 3,000-3,500 words due end of semester (worth 70%)
  • Clinical log of 1,500-2,000 words due end of semester (worth 30%)
  • Minimum 80% attendance at practicums (hurdle requirement)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions with adolescents.
  • Utilise problem-solving skills in determining how to modify a treatment plan for work with adolescents, as appropriate.
  • Identify avenues for ongoing consultation and supervision around treatment with adolescents.

It is required that applicants have a Working With Children Check before commencing this subject.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Science
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science
Master of Mental Health Science

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