This unit will introduce students to a range of professional activities undertaken by 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 a clinical psychologist, 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 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. Synthesise and integrate clinical and other information to arrive at formulation and diagnosis of psychopathology and bio-psycho-social disturbance;  
  4. Demonstrate stage-appropriate skills in therapeutic interventions with clients;  
  5. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, reports of psychological assessments; and  
  6. Exhibit familiarity with the inter-professional context of psychological service delivery and the role of inter-professional collaboration in providing holistic client care.  


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 Pass/Fail
Presentation Presentation of a clinical case study relevant to the placement context as per guidelines in the VUPC Manual Pass/Fail

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