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PSYC6086: Placement 2 and Complex Presentations

This unit is designed to extend skills in the Psychology Clinic, specifically clinical assessment, formulation, treatment planning, and treatment implementation skills and knowledge for adult and child patients. It also extends trainees' knowledge and experience conducting and interpreting psychometric assessments. Trainees will be allocated to new supervisors for this placement and supervision methods will become less intense, more individual and begin to reflect formats available in external placements, although frequent direct observation of the trainee's clinical practice continues. Clinical work may involve the integration of more than one model of therapy, a capacity to reflect more on process as well as content, the capacity to respond to more complex issues, including those related to personality and the greater individualization of approaches for each case. An additional aim of this unit of study is to equip students to assess and treat complex presentations such as personality disorders or more intractable chronic presentations, using appropriate models of therapy developed from cognitive behavioural principles.

Code PSYC6086
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, developmental systems, and the core principles and theoretical models that underpin current evidence-based practice, in working with clients across the lifespan
  • LO2. apply advanced psychological knowledge to culturally responsive assessment, case formulation and intervention for complex presentations, including personality disorders
  • LO3. implement appropriate, empirically supported interventions, including the management of risk
  • LO4. monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes, assessing areas of improvement and making changes to treatment plan when necessary
  • LO5. apply professional practice policies and procedures, including record keeping and psychological report writing
  • LO6. demonstrate respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals, working collaboratively and effectively with them, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements
  • LO7. 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.