Clinical Placement Requirements

During the first semester of the course students receive training in a wide range of practical core clinical skills, including: interviewing, the biopsychosocial model of assessment, behavioural assessment, diagnosis, formulation, treatment planning and implementation and processes involved in the therapeutic relationship, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and report writing.

Clinical placement 1A, 1B and 2 offer opportunities to put theory and new skills into practice and to develop a strong foundation for clinical work in the field. Adult clinical assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, treatment planning and implementation are developed across these placements. Child, adolescent and family assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, treatment planning and implementation is conducted in Placement 1B. Four to five psychometric assessments are conducted across both placements with one adult and one child assessment being undertaken with intense supervision in Placement 1B. All students are also encouraged to conduct a group therapy program for children, adolescents or adults, if available.

Having successfully completed the two internal placements, students undertake clinical work in external placements under the supervision of experienced clinical psychologists who hold appointments as Honorary Clinical Associates of the School of Psychology. Clinical supervisors are required to have a Clinical Masters or Doctorate Degree from an accredited university program and at least two years of experience post-training.

Unit of Study Days/Week Requirements Hours Days
PSYC6078 Clinical Skills & Placement 1A 1-day / week

4 weeks

28 hours

4 days

PSYC6079 Placement 1 2-days / week

24 weeks

336 hours

48 days

PSYC6086 Reflective Practice & Placement 2 1.5-days / week 24 weeks

240 hours

36 days

PSYC6080 External Placement 1 2-days / week 24 weeks

336 hours

48 days

PSYC6081 External Placement 2 2-days / week 24 weeks 336 hours 48 days
Total     1200 hours