This unit provides students with a structured situation in which to develop knowledge and skills within the psychology field. While the objectives are similar to Practicum 1, the level of independent practice further challenges the student to broaden their responsibilities beyond those of the first placement. They will be expected to consider therapeutic issues and apply techniques to a more advanced level than their first placement. This will be reflected in their interaction with clients, standard of case formulations, and sensitivity to therapeutic process and case management issues. HPP7001 Practicum 2 has been designed to follow HPP7001 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 the stage-appropriate therapeutic skills expected of provisional psychologists;  
  2. Implement professional record maintenance skills in relation to log-books, progress notes and clinic files in a professional agency;  
  3. Exhibit familiarity with the organisational context and professional network including other health professionals in which the psychology practice is embedded  
  4. Exhibit a developing ability to carry out professional psychology activities in a professional manner, with due appreciation of the legal and ethical issues involved.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Reflective Journal on placement experiences (2,000 words) Pass/Fail
Case Study Submission of a case study including intervention plan (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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