This unit will introduce students to a range of professional activities undertaken by community and clinical psychologists. Students will complete a placement at the Victoria University Psychology Clinic, undertaking activities including individual and group therapy, cognitive and behavioural assessments, clinical observation of other psychologist's work, and participation in the activities of a psychology practice. Students will receive close supervision by registered psychologist supervisors, learn about ethical, legal and organisational practice issues, and experience professional contact with a range of health professionals.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify stage-appropriate professional competencies and ethical conduct 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. Synthesise and integrate information and clinically relevant theories to conduct psychological formulation, diagnosis and intervention with clients of the VUPC; and  
  5. Critically reflect on one's 'place' as a professional psychologist, including in the context of interaction with other health professionals, in which psychology practice is embedded.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Successful completion of placement as evidenced by a supervisor’s evaluation form and the Clinic Director’s authorisation for completion Pass/Fail
Journal Submission of a placement experience – reflective piece (indicative 1000 words) Pass/Fail

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This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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