Clinical Placement 2

Subject PSYC90077 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 375 hours (equivalent to 50 placement days when 1 placement day equals 7.5 hours) Placement are usually attended 2 days per week.
Total Time Commitment:

375 hours over 50 weeks

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016
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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Dr David Spektor


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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Subject Overview:

Students are required to complete 375 hours of placement (equivalent to a 50-day placement) at an external agency, working with either adult or child/adolescent client populations. Students are required to participate in regular weekly supervision. Students undertaking this placement must be provisionally registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and hold current Police and Working with Children’s checks.

External supervisors must be registered psychologists, have at least two years of full-time experience as a psychologist following the award of their postgraduate degree, be a PBA-approved higher degree supervisor and be eligible for membership of the APS Clinical College (ie whose training pathway involved completion of at least clinical masters course).

Learning Outcomes:

The placement aims to provide trainees with

  • exposure to a range of psychopathology
  • the opportunity to conduct diagnostic interviews in a clinical setting
  • the opportunity to conduct a variety of psychological assessments (e.g., psychometric and projective testing, observational assessments and client self-monitoring)
  • the opportunity to be actively involved in the planning and implementation of psychological interventions in two of individual, family, and group formats.
  • exposure to the wider experience of professional clinical psychology practive in areas such as clinical intake and review meetings, administrative and evaluative functions, in-service education, and so on.

A hurdle requirement of 50 days of attendance at placement (each day equal to 7.5 hours);

Hurdle requirements include

  • placement contract;
  • mid and end-of-placement reviews completed by supervisor;
  • regular attendance at clinical case conferences;
  • four mental state examination (MSE) reports reviewed by supervisor;
  • six complete case histories (including MSE, formulation and psychometric assessment where required) to be reviewed by supervisor.
  • Students must provide evidence that log books are checked and endorsed by their primary placement supervisor every 30 hours of placement or fortnightly (whichever occurs first).

Completion of placement goals assessed on a pass/fail basis.

The assessment is undertaken by the Placement Coordinator, in consultation with the supervisor, on the basis of satisfactory attainment of placement goals following APAC accreditation placement standards. Generic placement goals include the following: experience in the administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessment strategies and the writing of psychological reports; understanding of typical courses and prognoses of disorders, and capacity to develop appropriate treatment and management plans; experience with a variety of intervention strategies, which may include case management, individual therapy, family therapy and/or group interventions, and to be capable of evaluating those interventions; experience in functioning as an independent clinical psychologist within the facility, although closely supervised by supervisors.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  1. Advanced problem identification and problem solving skills
  2. Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  3. Advanced information integration skills
Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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