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Clinical Psychology: Internal Practicum (Adult) (PSY538)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: H-placement, SUM-placement, Y-placement
Description Students must complete internal clinical placement in the Murdoch 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 demonstrate:
1. Knowledge and implementation of evidence based psychological interventions for adult clients;
2. An ability to critically evaluate clinical psychology practices related to adult clients and reflect on your own clinical practice;
3. Ability to appropriately document the clinical management of adult clients and engage in professional communication relating to their care.
4. Ability to work professionally and ethically in a clinical setting.
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 experiencedclinical 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 Assessment of core competencies is undertaken before commencing clinical practice, followed by regular reviews by the placement supervisors. Students are to submit one case study on a piece of therapeutic work undertaken with an adult client whilst on placement. Students are also required to submit a reflection on all clinical work undertaken each semester. Electronic logbooks must be submitted which document logged hours of direct and related client contact and clinical supervision. Supervisors complete an end of placement report evaluating students competencies across professional and ethical practice and development of clinical competence. Students must demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in accordance with APS guidelines. Students must pass all component of the assessment to pass the unit.
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, PSY565 Clinical Psychology: Working with Adults, 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 are experiencing mental health issues that may impair their ability to safely work with clients will not be approved for practicum enrolment. Students that may pose a danger to the public will not be approved for practicum enrolment as per AHPRA guidelines.
Notes Students who are experiencing mental health issues that may impair their ability to safely work with clients will not be approved for practicum enrolment or may be required to withdraw from the practicum. Students that may pose a danger to the public will not be approved for practicum enrolment or may be required 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.


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Ms Amanda O'Donovan

e: A.ODonovan@murdoch.edu.au
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