Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Professional Psychology: Practicum 2 (Pre-Clinical) (PSY602)
|Organisational Unit||Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S2-placement, SUM-placement, Y-placement|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S2
|Description||Placements will give students experience in various forms of investigation and intervention presently practised in professional psychology. The principal aim is to apply knowledge, experience and research from all aspects of scientific psychology to health care, education and social problems. Placements are based in the Murdoch Psychology Clinic. Students will be supervised by clinical psychologists on the Psychology Board Australia list of accredited supervisors.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||Students will have advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in psychological practice.
Students will have developed expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in psychological knowledge or practice relevant to evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions for clients and to independently:
* analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
* research and apply established theories to a psychological knowledge and practice
* interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Students will be able to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.
Students will demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills:
* With creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
* With high level personal autonomy and accountability
Specifically, on successful completion of the unit students should be able to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge and implementation of evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions for clients;
2. An ability to critically evaluate professional psychology practices;
3. Ability to appropriately document the clinical management of clients;
4. Ability to engage in the supervisory process and be responsive to feedback.
5. Ability to communicate effectively with peers, clients and other professionals in verbal and written form.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Practical placements: 5 months at 2 days per week or equivalent.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||The approach to learning in this unit is work integrated learning in a real professional setting with the support of experienced supervisors.|
|Other Learning Experiences||In preparation for the practicum unit, students must familiarise themselves with the Australian Psychological Society Professional and Ethical Practice Guidelines.|
|Assessment||Assessment of core competencies is undertaken before commencing professional practice, followed by regular reviews by the placement supervisor/s.
Report 60%, formative
Journal 20%, formative
Case Study 20%, summative
|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; PSY662 Psychological Assessment: Theory and Method and PSY6551: Advanced Research Methods and PSY610: Professional Psychology: Research Project; and successful completion of PSY601 Professional Psychology Practicum 1 (Pre-clinical) or PSY607 Professional Psychology Practicum 1 (Workplace Internship) or approval of the Unit Coordinator.
Provisional Registration as a Psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia is also required.
|Exclusions||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.|
|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:
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|