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PSYC6089: Research, Ethics and Professional Practice

This unit will introduce students to current standards of ethical and professional practice in clinical psychology and promote life-long learning and understanding. Students will learn to apply current relevant legal framework, mental health practice standards, and the code of ethical practice. The unit will also strengthen theory-practice links by exposing students to a range of topics that are relevant to ethical and professional issues that present in the Psychology Clinic and later in professional life, including cultural competence. Students will attend lectures on research methods and evaluation in clinical research, and a series of seminars where they will listen to second year students who will present clinical cases and brief research presentations. Within this unit of study, students will also begin to plan their own research project and submit a preliminary research proposal. All students are required to attend and contribute to discussion of case and research seminar presentations throughout the semester, and are expected to attend the School Colloquium.

Code PSYC6089
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate a knowledge and practice of clinical psychology within the code of ethical practice
  • LO2. Work responsively with a broad range of socially and culturally diverse clients
  • LO3. Undertake practice that is consistent with current relevant legal frameworks and mental health practice standards
  • LO4. Apply advanced psychological knowledge to culturally responsive assessment and interventions in the area of clinical psychology
  • LO5. Operate within the boundaries of professional competency, using peer consultation, and instigating appropriate referral practices
  • LO6. Critically evaluate the scientific literature to inform practice
  • LO7. Use a range of research methods to investigate questions to inform clinical practice.