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Professional Psychology: Practicum 1 (Pre-Clinical) (PSY601)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This course, comprising a various Simulated Learning Exercises (SLEs), will give students knowledge and experience in various forms of investigation and intervention presently practised in professional psychology. It has a relative focus on providing training in applied psychology practice skills, oral and written case formulation, ethical and legal issues, and critical self-reflection. The principal aim is to prepare students for face-to-face client work, commencing Semester 2 of the Master Applied Psychology (Professional) program.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of and skills in assessment and treatment of clients presenting to a professional psychologist.
2. Knowledge of professional ethics and skills in ethical decision making.
3. Knowledge of common factors impacting on all applied psychological work (for example, impact of therapeutic relationship and processes in therapy).
4. An ability to synthesize and organize clinical information, in the context of psychological concepts and theories, to produce associated written case formulations.
5. Ability to critically reflect on clinical issues and presentations relevant to professional psychology practice.
6. Ability to engage in critical self-reflection, including on key personal, ethical and social factors that may impact on professional practice as an applied psychologist.
7. Ability to communicate effectively with peers and other professionals in verbal and written form.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars/workshops: 3 hours per week or equivalent. Due to the nature of this unit, students should seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to the commencement date of the teaching period. At times, seminars or workshops may be run in non-standard teaching times.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is experiential and practice oriented. Face-to-face workshops/ online activities provide an overview of relevant knowledge, and other simulated learning exercises and assessments give students an opportunity to practice and demonstrate skills.
Other Learning Experiences In preparation for the pre-practicum unit, students must familiarise themselves with the Australian Psychological Society Professional and Ethical Practice Guidelines.
Prerequisites Enrolment in MAppPsych (Professional); concurrent enrolment in, or successful completion of, PSY669 Psychotherapy in Practice and PSY664 Clinical Psychology: Working with Children and Families and PSY662 Psychological Assessment: Theory and Method and PSY6551 Psychology: Advanced Research Methods.
Provisional Registration as a Psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia is also required.
Exclusions 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.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) (MAppPsych(Professional)) [New in 2015]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Alexandra Metse
Clinical Psychology Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: Silent
e: Alexandra.Metse@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.007 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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