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Psychotherapy in Practice (PSY669)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: Y-internal
Description This unit will focus on professional, practical and methodological issues related to the practice of psychology, including: training in relevant practice skills; ethical and legal issues; psychopharmacology, managing a psychology practice, cultural and ethnic issues; oral and written case formulation; presentation skills; consultation; systematic decision making and clinical topics as negotiated.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Identify important ethical issues relevant to practice and research in psychology and apply ethical decision making processes in clinical practice
2. Identify and describe the role and effects of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of a range of psychological disorders
3. Use systematic critical thinking to evaluate the scientific bases of clinical work as a foundation of evidence based practice and articulate your decisions about psychotherapy (eg in formulation, intervention design, and evaluation)
4. Use relevant frameworks to reflect on your own learning and identify learning needs as part of your own professional practice
5. Appreciate the needs of people from a range of cultural and diverse backgrounds, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
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 are run in non-standard teaching times.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is experiential and practice oriented. Seminars provide an overview of relevant knowledge and give students an opportunity to practice important skills. Learning tasks and assessments support this through skills demonstration and reflective practice.
Assessment Skills demonstrations: Ethical Practice 30%
Online quizzes 20%
Professional development journal 30%
Clinical issue review 20%
Prerequisites Enrolment in MAppPsych (Professional), MAppPsych (Clinical), DPsych (Clinical) or MAppPsych (Clinical)/PhD. Co-requisite: PSY537 Clinical Psychology: Internal Practicum (Child, Youth and Family) and/or PSY538 Clinical Psychology: Internal Practicum (Adult).
Exclusions Students who have completed PSY569 Psychotherapy in Practice may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes This unit was previously PSY575/S575 Professional Practice Issues. This unit is designed to prepare and support the completion of the internal clinical placement unit. Students must be enrolled in this unit's co-requisite (internal placement).
Previously 2014: PSY569
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (MAppPsych)
Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) (MAppPsych(Professional)) [New in 2015]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Andrew Lewis
Professor Clinical Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2546
e: Andrew.Lewis@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.011 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: Y-Internal
Professor Andrew Lewis
Professor Clinical Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2546
e: Andrew.Lewis@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.011 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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