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 post-graduate qualifications from an accredited university program, Psychology Board endorsement in the clinical area and at least two years of experience post-training.

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

4 weeks

4 days

28 hours

10

PSYC6079 Placement 1B 2-days / week

24 weeks

48 days

336 hours

100

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

36 days

240 hours

60

PSYC6080 External Placement 1 2-days / week 24 weeks

48 days

336 hours

140

PSYC6081 External Placement 2 2-days / week 24 weeks 48 days 336 hours 140
Total (target)
      1200 hours  450 hours