This unit is designed to provide students with a structured practicum in a University-based clinic in which appropriate psychological skills can be developed. The focus of this practicum is on conducting structured clinical assessments consistent with ethical standards. Students will be encouraged to approach applied problems and skill based learning from a hypothesis based assessment perspective consistent with a scientist-practitioner model. The emphasis is on skill development in a supervised, structured environment. Expert feedback on performance is seen as an essential feature of the learning process and strong emphasis is placed on skill development under adequate supervision. HPP7001 Practicum 1 and HPP7002 Practicum 2 have been designed to be completed sequentially as skills will be developed incrementally across both units.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify stage-appropriate clinical assessment skills expected of provisional psychologists;  
  2. Exhibit a developing ability to carry out professional psychology activities in a professional manner, with due appreciation of the legal and ethical issues involved;  
  3. Implement professional record maintenance skills in relation to log-books, progress notes and clinic files in a professional agency;  
  4. Exhibit familiarity with the organisational context and professional network including other health professionals in which the psychology practice is embedded.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Reflective Journal on placement experiences (2,000 words) Pass/Fail
Case Study Submission of a case study including assessment report (3,000 words) Pass/Fail
Report Successful completion of placement evidenced by the clinical supervisor's evaluation report. Pass/Fail

Required reading

Ethical Practice in Psychology: Reflections from the creators of the APS Code of Ethics
Allan, A. & Love, A., (2011)

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