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PSYC6079: Placement 1

The unit is designed to provide students with intensely supervised practice in conducting the fundamentals of clinical assessment, diagnosis, formulation, treatment planning, and treatment implementation for adult patients, psychometric assessments for adults and children/adolescents and child, adolescent and family work. A cognitive-behavioural approach is predominant in this placement for adult work. It will also provide an introduction to the practice of conducting psychometric assessments with the aim of achieving competency in the administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing for these assessments. It is expected that three to four cases will be undertaken, but additional cases may be prescribed until a student reaches competency. All students will also conduct child, adolescent or family therapy under the supervision of clinical psychologists with expertise in this area. Students may be offered the opportunity to run a group, subject to availability. Students will be allocated to specific supervisors for adult and child, adolescent and family therapy. While supervisors vary in the format in which they offer supervision, with a mixture of individual, group and observation formats being offered, supervision is intense and with a high level of observation by supervisors throughout the placement.

Code PSYC6079
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, including the management of risk
  • LO4. Implement appropriate, empirically supported interventions
  • LO5. Monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes, assessing areas of improvement and making changes to treatment plan when necessary
  • LO6. Integrate psychopharmacology knowledge into case conceptualisation, clinical planning and management, including working effectively with other health professionals
  • LO7. Demonstrate respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals, working collaboratively and effectively with them, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements
  • LO8. Apply professional practice policies and procedures, including record keeping and psychological report writing
  • LO9. Demonstrate self-reflection in professional practice, accounting for impact of own values and taking appropriate remediating Action

Unit outlines

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