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PSYC6078: Clinical Skills and Practice

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.

Code PSYC6078
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Apply advanced knowledge of psychopathology, and the core principles and theoretical models that underpin current evidence-based practice, in working with socially and culturally diverse clients across the lifespan;
  • LO2. Identify psychological disorders using a recognised international taxonomy as part of the broader clinical engagement and multi-method assessment of diverse clients across the lifespan;
  • LO3. Integrate and interpret multi-modal psychological assessment and diagnostic data to inform case conceptualisation and evidence-based treatment planning;
  • LO4. Formulate conceptualisations of presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions and manage risk;
  • LO5. Demonstrate skills in empirically supported interventions, and in monitoring clients’ progress and intervention outcomes;
  • LO6. Integrate psychopharmacology knowledge into case conceptualisation, clinical planning and management, including working effectively with other health professionals;
  • LO7. Demonstrate professional communication skills, including interviews and assessments and evidence based intervention demonstrations of skills.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.