UM-NUS Clinical Placement 3

Subject PSYC90088 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 50 placement days (1 placement day equals 7.5 hours). Placement are usually attended 2 days per week The students do their preparation case histories and log books during their placement time.
Total Time Commitment:

375 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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:


Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

Ph: (65) 65166904


Subject Overview:

The subject aims to provide the students with opportunities to experience a range of clinical presentations across the life span and to begin functioning as a clinical psychologist in Singapore, under the supervision of a field supervisor. Students will receive experience in history taking, conducting a mental state examination, arriving at a case formulation and making treatment plans. Under supervision, students will be given the opportunity to develop competency in the provision of psychological treatments to individuals and (where appropriate) groups. In addition, the subject aims to give the student experience of professional psychology practice, including professional presentation, report writing and record keeping, managing a clinical caseload, and liaison with other professional practitioners.

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 practice in areas such as clinical intake and review meetings, administrative and evaluation functions, in-service education, and so on

Completion of hurdle tasks:

  • 50 days of attendance at placement (each day equal to 7.5 hours)
  • placement contract
  • mid and end-of-placement reviews completed by supervisor
  • regular attendance at clinical case conferences
  • three mental health state examination (MSE) reports reviewed by supervisor
  • four 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)

Assessment of placement goals on a pass/fail basis (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):

  • 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.

Subject will have pass/fail outcome where each individual hurdle task and placement goal must be completed/passed in order to achieve a pass outcome for the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

None required

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 - Singapore)

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