PSYC6032 Psychology Practice 3: Placement

Masters Course Unit

PSYC6032 Psychology Practice 3: Placement

Duration: One trimester

Level: Six

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC5062, PSYC5082

Mode(s) of delivery: On-campus

Core/elective: Core

Unit co-ordinator: Dr Vanessa Beavan

Other staff: Dr Damith Woods; clinical associates (external placement supervisors); Christine Ly and Dee Mahon (placement officer and manager).


Unit description

In the three units Psychology Practice 3: Placement, Psychology Practice 4: Placement, and Psychology Practice 5: Placement, students will undertake external placements, totaling 700 hours in an adult mental health setting, a child/adolescent mental health or developmental disability setting and one other setting. In each unit students will complete at least 234 service hours and continue to attend weekly on-campus seminars focused on skills training and on ethical and professional practice.

Learning outcomes and core capabilities

  • demonstrate appropriate professional demeanour
  • provide appropriate informed consent to clients
  • demonstrate core counselling and interviewing skills
  • demonstrate skills in communication suitable for working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • apply a biopsychosocial model to professional practice
  • demonstrate skills in selecting assessment instruments appropriate to the individual, the setting, and the purpose of the assessment
  • demonstrate skills in administering, scoring, interpreting and communicating information about assessments
  • demonstrate skills in psychological formulation and applying diagnosis
  • demonstrate behaviour that is consistent with the legal requirements and professional codes of conduct relevant to professional psychology practice
  • demonstrate awareness of issues associated with working with individuals from backgrounds different to one's own
  • demonstrate skills for implementing cognitive behaviour therapy
  • demonstrate skills for safe professional practice
  • demonstrate skills in communication suitable for professional development

Learning and teaching process

This unit requires students to:

  • attend and actively participate in one 1 hour seminar (Thursday 3-4) scheduled weekly from week 1 to week 11 of the trimester. Students are expected to prepare a case presentation and submit a case report.
  • undertake a minimum of 234 hours of practical and clinical supervision across the trimester.
    • 47 hours of supervision (at least 50% must be individual supervision).
    • a minimum of 94 hours of direct client contact (contact during assessment or therapy, whether individually or in a group; contact with teachers, parents, or significant others that forms part of the assessment or therapy process; observing a more experienced clinician or supervisor engaged in assessment or therapy, whether sitting in on the session or observing through a one-way screen or on a monitor as the session takes place)
    • a minimum of 93 hours of client-related activities (scoring and interpreting tests; writing reports; client related phone calls; communication with other professionals, organising appointments)
  • maintain a log of all practical activities and submit this to their individual supervisor at least every four weeks for review
  • fulfil administrative responsibilities as agreed to in supervision contract

Unit schedule

Week

Topic

Week 1

Teaching seminar; placement orientation

Week 2

Case seminar; clinical supervision; placement practice

Week 3

Case seminar' clinical supervision; placement practice

Week 4

Case seminar; clinical supervision; placement practice

Week 5

Case seminar; clinical supervision; placement practice

Week 6

Case seminar; clinical supervision; placement practice;
mid-placement review

Week 7

Case seminar; clinical supervision; placement practice

Week 8

No class (Anzac Day) Case seminar; clinical supervision; 
placement practice

Week 9

Case seminar; clinical supervision; placement practice

Week 10

Case seminar; clinical supervision; placement practice

Study Week 11

Case seminar; clinical supervision; placement practice

Exam Week 12

Case seminar; clinical supervision; placement practice;
end-of-placement review

Assessment summary

Type

Grading structure

When assessed

30 minute case presentation in which students highlight
a professional or ethical issue encountered with a case that
they have worked with and 2000 word case report.

Learning outcomes: f, g, h, j

Pass/Fail

Week 2-12

Log book of professional practice

Learning outcomes: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m

Pass/Fail

Week 13

Supervisor's Report

Learning outcomes: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m

 Unsatisfactory/partially
satisfactory/satisfactory


Week 13

 

Special provisions

Attendance at scheduled supervision is required. Students are expected to work with their supervisors and undertake an independent program of study.

Recommended readings

There are no prescribed texts. The books identified for earlier units, particularly PSYC5062 Psychology Practice 1: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues, will be useful. Students will read journal articles and texts related to specific cases and clinical issues.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to http://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Disclaimer

This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it throughout the trimester. Your lecturer will advise when there are updates on the site and also when readings are available for class discussion.