Course Outline

PSY702 Clinical Psychological Practice 1

Course Coordinator:Lee Kannis-Dymand ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 1

Thompson Institute

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


 The USC postgraduate psychology  programs is committed to maintaining the primacy of public safety in the delivery of the program within the education and placement environments. This course extends your previous studies in psychopathology and focuses on acquiring advanced knowledge of the aetiological and maintenance factors involved in psychological disorders, their clinical presentation, methods of assessment, and appropriate evidence-based therapeutic interventions I.e., Cognitive Behaviour Therapy). You will also develop advanced knowledge of and skills in using major diagnostic classification systems and theories underlying the major psychological disorders. Ethical, professional and legal issues will be addressed as they arise.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop - 3 hours 3hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics


Behavioural experiments & cognitive techniques

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT assessment and formulation skills


What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Show strong knowledge of and skills in accessing the published empirical findings regarding psychological theories and models for a range of adult psychological disorders. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Show competency, knowledge of and skills in the use of the major methods of diagnostic and assessment procedures. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Show competency, knowledge of and skills in designing and implementing appropriate evidence-based psychological and pharmacological interventions. Knowledgeable
4 Show awareness of potential ethical issues involved in practising clinical psychology and understanding of how to use the APS Code of Ethics and its accompanying Guidelines to resolve ethical questions. Knowledgeable
5 Demonstrate competence in communicating knowledge and skills effectively in writing and through verbal communication Knowledgeable

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program AR507, AR702 or AR703


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

At the beginning of week 4, a 10-item quiz will be held in class using an online format to assess the students' understanding of the course content to date.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual
90 minutes
Week 7 In Class
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual
2 hours
Exam Period In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Exam
Integrate knowledge of clinical presentations within a cognitive behavioural formulation framework.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Your task is to view a recorded assessment interview in class in examination conditions. As you observe the video, you will need to note down various aspects of the client’s presenting problem based on a cognitive behavioural framework (see below); this will be in the format of a cognitive behavioural formulation. You will be provided with a template to guide you through this process. The template will have sections for the various aspects of the client’s presenting problem that you need to record down (e.g., cognitions). What you detail from observing the recorded interview should make it clear what the presenting issue is and what the maintaining factors are for the client you are observing. The recording will be shown twice.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification of the presenting problem (e.g., depression, anxiety). Identification of the activating event(s) that lead to the current problem (e.g., a traumatic event, relationship problems). In addition, identification of current triggers.
1 2 3 4 5
Identification of the client’s cognitions, including any stated core beliefs, negative automatic thoughts, and dysfunctional assumptions.
1 2 3 5
Identification of emotions experienced by the client (e.g., anger, irritability, sadness).
1 2 3 5
Identification of physical sensations or physical changes related to the presenting problem (e.g., heart racing, sleep problems).
1 2 3 5
Identification of behaviours that are maintaining the presenting problem (e.g., social withdrawal, safety behaviours, avoidance, alcohol use).
1 2 3 5
Identification of any environmental factors that are contributing to the presenting problem or are maintaining it (e.g., financial problems, workload).
1 2 3 5
All - Assessment Task 2:Exam
To ensure students meet the required competencies.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
For the examination you will be required to answer multiple choice and write short answers to questions based on the material covered in PSY702. The exam will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of diagnostic criteria, differential diagnoses, and psychometric assessment for clinical conditions. Your ability to develop theory driven formulations and treatment plans and to use clinical reasoning skills will also be assessed
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Responses that demonstrate competency and understanding of the assessment and evidence--based treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This includes cognitive behavioural therapy.
1 2 3 4 5

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Helen Kennerley, Joan Kirk, & David Westbrook 2016 An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Third Sage Publications Limited
Required n/a 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5 American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Recommended Alan Carr & Muireann McNulty 2016 The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology Second Routledge

Specific requirements

You are expected to attend all workshops. For any workshops that are missed you will need to demonstrate to your course coordinator that you have covered the required material. This will usually take the form of a detailed summary and reflection of the Directed and Independent Study Activities for the missed workshop.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of the USC.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

All psychology courses (PSY course codes) have an online formal procedure for applying for an extension on assessment tasks. All extension applications for psychology courses should be made by completing the online form found on Canvas for this course.


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