This unit will introduce students to a range of professional activities undertaken by community psychologists. Students will complete a placement at the Victoria University Psychology Clinic, undertaking activities including individual therapy and group interventions, cognitive and behavioural assessments, observation of the work of other psychologists and participation in the activities of a psychology practice. Students will learn about ethical, legal and organisational practice issues, and experience professional contact with a range of health professionals.Supervision will allow students to reflect on their applied practice. For example, reflective practice skills, legal and ethical issues in the practice of professional psychology, competing roles and priority setting in the professional agency, developing one's 'place' as a professional psychologist and troubleshooting problems in the professional psychology setting.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
APM6014

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify stage-appropriate professional competencies expected of provisional psychologists in a clinical setting;  
  2. Implement professional record maintenance skills in relation to log-books, progress notes and clinic files;  
  3. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, reports of psychological assessments;  
  4. Exhibit a sound knowledge of legal and ethical issues to the practice of professional psychology;  
  5. Critically reflect on one's 'place' as a professional psychologist, including in the context of other health professionals in which the psychology practice is embedded.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Submission of a placement experience - reflective piece (indicative 1000 words) Pass/Fail
Report Placement report Pass/Fail
Report Supervisor's report Pass/Fail

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