The USC postgraduate psychology programs are committed to maintaining the primacy of public safety in the delivery of the program within the education and placement environments. This course involves students enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program undertaking their second practicum placement, working under supervision in the Psychology Clinic at the University for at least 250 hours. Core components of clinical and professional practice include interns undertaking professional, clinical and administrative duties related to the provision of psychological care of clients of the Psychology Clinic, USC.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop - 2 hours||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Placement – Minimum 250 placement hours||250hrs||Week 1||Once Only|
Course topics (not necessarily in this order) will include:
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 advanced knowledge, skills and competencies required to work as a clinical psychologist||
|2||Demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills and competencies in the design and implementation of clinical psychological interventions||Engaged|
|3||Demonstrate competency and strong knowledge and skills in dealing professionally with clients and with other professionals||Engaged|
|4||Demonstrate competency to communicate knowledge and skills effectively in writing and through oral presentation||Empowered|
|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||Ethical|
|6||Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the legal requirements and code of conduct relevant to clinical psychologists.||Ethical|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
PSY703 and enrolled in Program AR703
Knowledge of conducting and evaluating counselling and clinical interviewing, case conceptualisation and formulation, psychometric and clinical assessment, therapeutic interventions, appropriate written and verbal communication, professional, ethical and legal knowledge as they relate to clinical psychology
Limited Grading (PNP)
Early assessment of your progress in the course will primarily be provided by your supervisor(s), who will closely monitor your casework throughout the course of your practicum
|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|
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||In Class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Placement Performance Supervised casework|
This task helps you gain knowledge and skills assessing, diagnosing and treating clinical psychological problems.
The minimum 250 hours for this course consists of face-to-face client contact, clinical supervision and other clinical activities. Clinical work involves assessing and treating psychological problems for the USC Psychology Clinic clients. Before beginning supervised clinical work, 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:Clinical Presentation|
To develop skills organising and presenting clinical information to peers.
Clinical presentations will be scheduled during workshops.
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.
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.
Information regarding prescribed texts or other associated resources will be made available on the Canvas site prior to commencement of study.
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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.
Limited Graded Course: 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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