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Professional Psychology: Practicum 1 (Workplace Internship) (PSY607)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-placement, SUM-placement, Y-placement
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
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 normally based in one or more of the clinics within the Murdoch School of Psychology and Exercise Science Clinics, however, workplace based practicums are possible through negotiation with the practicum coordinator.
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 judgement, 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 realistic 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, individual, S1 week 8 (30%) and S1 Week 16 (30%)
Learning Journal 20%, formative, individual, S1 week 8 (10%) and S1 Week 16 (10%)
Case Study 20%, summative, individual, S1 week 16
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, or with permissions of the Unit Coordinator.
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.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
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
Ms Amanda O'Donovan
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

e: A.ODonovan@Murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Placement
MURDOCH: SUM-Placement
MURDOCH: Y-Placement
Ms Amanda O'Donovan
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

e: A.ODonovan@Murdoch.edu.au
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