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Clinical Skills and Practice - PSYC6078

Year - 2020

In this unit of study students will develop the practical skills of clinical psychology practice and apply these skills with child and adult cases during clinical skills practice in the Psychology Clinic. An emphasis is placed on skill development through active learning (observation, modelling, role play , feedback) and intensive supervision. Specific topics addressed in the unit include concepts and practices related to clinical assessment and formulation (e.g., diagnostic systems and interviews, mental status examination), as well as counselling micro skills and basic relational skills, and skills for the design and delivery of evidence-based cognitive behaviour therapy interventions. Where relevant, attention is given to the distinct clinical skills involved in effective practice concerning problems of childhood versus adulthood, and the use of such skills as part of culturally responsive practice with diverse client populations. Attention is also given to practical procedures involved in the operation of mental health clinics (e.g., intake processes), skills for participating in clinical supervision, and skills for collaborating with other mental health professionals and support staff in the course of clinical practice.

3-hour weekly workshops; Clinical Skills Practice: 2 weeks, 1 day / week

Clinical Viva (Adult Therapy); Clinical Skills videotape review; Clinical Log (100%). Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on all assessments to satisfy requirements for this unit of study.

Additional information
Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Sydney.


Faculty: Science

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Psychology Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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