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. Practical experience is an important component of the preparation for independent professional roles in clinical psychology. The essential purpose of the first practicum is to ensure that interns have appropriate opportunities to apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills acquired in the program. During this practicum you will gain experience in providing clinical psychology services for clients within the Psychology Clinic, for a minimum of 250 hours, and will develop skills in the range of professional and administrative activities involved in professional clinical practice.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 2 hours tutorial/workshop and case conference||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Placement – Minimum 250 placement hours||250hrs||Week 1||Once Only|
This course will cover:
700 Level (Specialised)
|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||Demonstrate competency with knowledge and skills required to work as a clinical psychologist.||
|2||Demonstrate competency/ strong knowledge and skills in the design and implementation of clinical psychological interventions.||
Creative and critical thinker
|3||Demonstrate competency/strong knowledge and skills in dealing professionally with clients and with other professionals.||
|4||Demonstrate competency in ability to communicate knowledge and skills effectively in writing and through oral presentation.||
Creative and critical thinker
|5||Demonstrate strong knowledge of ethical, legal and professional aspects of psychological practice and understanding of using the APS Code of Ethics and its accompanying Guidelines, and other relevant sources, to resolve ethical questions.||
|6||Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the legal requirements and code of conduct relevant to psychologists.||
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
PSY701 and PSY702 and PSY705
Limited Grading (PNP)
Placement performance (weekly supervision meetings) which constitutes an ongoing formative appraisal of the students performance.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||To Supervisor|
|All||2||Code of Conduct||Individual||
|Refer to Format||To Supervisor|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Placement Performance Supervised casework|
Provide assessment and diagnosis of, and intervention for clinical psychological problems.
The minimum 250 hours for this course consists of face-to-face client contact, clinical supervision and other clinical activities. Casework involves providing assessment of and psychological treatment for USC Psychology Clinic clients, as well as engaging in weekly supervision meetings with your clinical supervisor/s. Prior to beginning supervised casework, you and your clinical supervisor will complete and sign a supervision contract stating the objectives for the placement including the range of activities to be covered and the skill base to be developed. This will be signed and approved by the course coordinator. You will also complete a mid-practicum review and an end of practicum review with your supervisor.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Code of Conduct|
This task enables you to be familiar with the Code of Conduct for your discipline and work within its guidelines during a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience.
|Product:||Code of Conduct|
SUBMIT: Throughout the pre- and post-placement process, on campus and throughout the placement. During your WIL experience you are required to complete 250 hours of placement activity (client contact, supervision and client related activities) — undertaken for 2 to 2.5 days per week over 16 to 20 weeks. To be eligible to pass, you are required to complete the placement satisfactorily according to the criteria below. See Canvas for discipline specific Code of Conduct.
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.
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You are expected to attend all face to face workshops. For any lectures 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 Study Activities for the missed lecture.
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.
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.
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