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Clinical Psychology: Internal Practicum (Child, Youth and Family) (PSY537)

School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: H-placement, SUM-placement, Y-placement
Description Internal Clinical Placements occur in the Murdoch Child Psychology Clinic. Placements will give students experience in working with a variety of clients and developing competence in assessment and therapeutic clinical psychology interventions. The principal aim is to integrate psychological knowledge, theories and models to clinical practice and to develop a reflective, professional and ethical practice in line with AHPRA guidelines.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a developing understanding of common psychological disorders in work with children, youth and families. This understanding should be shown in your ability to draw on a. material exposed to and learnt in PSY669-Psychotherapy in Practice, b. supervision & clinical case review meetings and c. independent research as you work with child, youth and family clients. This knowledge will relate to aetiology, assessment (psychometrically & diagnostically), diagnosis, treatment and
management.
2. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate clinical psychology practices related to child, youth and family clients.
3. Demonstrated ability to draw on evidence-based practices in assessments when working with children, young people and families.
4. Demonstrate an ability to synthesize and organize clinical information derived in interview and assessment and to produce associated written and oral formulations.
5. Demonstrate an ability to communicate clinical knowledge to professional and client audiences in clinical contexts.
6. Demonstrate theoretical knowledge and clinical implementation of some key evidence-based psychological interventions for child, youth and family clients.
7. Demonstrate clarity in understanding of the professional and ethical issues relevant to working with child, youth and family clients.
8. Demonstrate an ability to maintain appropriate, accurate and up to date client management records in working with child, youth and family clients.
9. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with peers, clients and other professionals in verbal and written form.
10. Maintains effective interpersonal relationships with peers, staff and referral agencies.
11. Demonstrated ability to come prepared to supervision and to engage openly and fully in the supervisory process with a demonstrated responsiveness to feedback.
12. Uses supervision to extend understanding and skills.
13. An ability to show a developing capacity for critically reflecting on personal practice.
14. Demonstrate capacity to engage in reflective practice and self-review the rapeutic process in sessions and clinical decisions.
Timetabled Learning Activities Practicum induction session: There are five weeks of practicum induction workshops at the beginning of practicum enrolment. The induction workshops are AHPRA mandated and are combined for students in PSY537 and PSY538. Attend weekly 1x3hour workshops for Group Supervision/Clinical Case Review and applied practice skills. Workshops cover a range of clinical and professional issues relevant to being a practitioner psychologist Individual supervision.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is work integrated learning in a real clinical setting with the support of experienced clinical supervisors.
Other Learning Experiences Practical placements: Approximately 9 months at 1 day per week or equivalent. Students aim to complete 480 practicum hours combined across PSY537 and PSY538. This target includes 180-200 direct client contact hours.
Assessment Students are to submit a:
- Case study on a piece of therapeutic work
- Reflection on all clinical work undertaken each semester
- Electronic logbook which documents logged hours of direct and related client contact and clinical supervision

Supervisors complete a mid- and end-of-placement report evaluating student's competencies across professional and ethical practice and development of clinical competence, in accordance with APS guidelines.

To pass the unit as a whole, students must pass each assessable component. This unit is entered as an Ungraded Pass as it is viewed as competency-based unit. Achieving a level of competency is considered essential to transition to an external placement, as well as providing a duty of care to clients seen in the clinic.
Prerequisites Enrolment in MAppPsych (Clinical), DPsych (Clinical) or MAppPsych (Clinical)/PhD; concurrent enrolment in or successful completion of PSY669 Psychotherapy in Practice; and concurrent enrolment with, or successful completion of, PSY664 Clinical Psychology: Working with Children and Families and PSY662 Psychological Assessment: Theory and Method; Provisional Registration as a Psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia; Police Check and Working with Children Check.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY561 Clinical Psychology: Internal Practicum may not enrol in this unit for credit. Students who have current mental health issues or major health issues impacting on their practice should raise this with the unit chair prior to enrolment. In accordance with the AHPRA guidelines, competency to practice may affect a student's ability to enrol in the practicum or require them to withdraw from the practicum as per AHPRA guidelines.
Notes Students who have current mental health issues or major health issues impacting on their practice should raise this with the unit chair prior to enrolment. In accordance with the AHPRA guidelines, competency to practice may affect a student's ability to enrol in the practicum or require them to withdraw from the practicum.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (MAppPsych)
Master of Applied Psychology + Doctor of Philosophy (MAppPsych)+(PhD)
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (DPsych)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
PSY537
Dr Renita Almeida
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2058
e: Renita.Almeida@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.006 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
PSY537

MURDOCH: H-Placement
MURDOCH: SUM-Placement
MURDOCH: Y-Placement
Dr Renita Almeida
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2058
e: Renita.Almeida@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.006 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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