• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2017
    Second Semester 2017
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Clinical Coursework IV is comprised of a number of sub-courses covering advanced topics in clinical psychology and facilitating the consolidation of knowledge and skills.  The sub-courses that comprise this course are:

• Health Psychology

• Clinical Issues in Specific Populations

• Advanced Workshops


Health Psychology (Convenor: Professor Don Byrne)

(Staff: Professor Don Byrne and guest lecturers) 3 hrs/week

This sub-course will provide an overview of contemporary models and theories of health psychology, covering its history and origins, current definitions, principal models of explanation, stress as a core concept, life events and other stressors, social networks and supports, psychosocial aetiologies and epidemiology. By the end of the course students will be familiar with the major theories of stress and the evidence identifying both general and situation-specific stressors, competently identify the psycho-social factors associated with the onset or worsening of a range of human illnesses and competently apply the broad range of clinical psychological interventions shown to be of use in the management of human illnesses. Assessment involves consideration of a detailed case description and the formulation of assessment and treatment plans based on that case material.


Clinical Issues in Specific Populations (Convenor: Dr Jay Brinker)

(Staff: Dr Jay Brinker and guest lecturers) 3 hrs/week

This sub-course will focus on assessment and interventions with specific populations that often present unique issues and require special techniques including individuals with a personality disorder, indigenous people, and older adults.


Advanced Workshops (Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Rieger)

Approximately six three-hour workshops

Students are required to attend and participate in the workshops presented by the 3rd year DPsych students as part of their Advanced Clinical Workshop sub-course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course students will:

• Understand the links between psychological factors and physical pathology, and appreciate the psycho-biological mechanisms explaining these links.

• Have a broad understanding of a range of physical conditions where the evidence points to a psychological contribution to cause or exacerbation.

• Have the practical expertise to undertake a range of clinical psychological interventions in contributing to the treatment of physical conditions.

• Have a basic understanding of the unique needs and considerations for working with couples, older adults, clients with personality disorders and aboriginal clients.

• Have gained further knowledge and skills in various areas of advanced clinical work.

Other Information

Enrolment in postgraduate clinical psychology units is usually restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) or Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) at the School of Psychology. This course may be available with the written permission of the Director of Clinical Training Program. Applicants must be eligible for registration as a psychologist in the ACT.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment for each sub-course equals 1/3 of the overall assessment for this course:

Health Psychology: Produce a diagnostic formulation and develop a treatment or management plan for a given physical disorder based on a comprehensive set of case material.

Clinical Issues in Specific Populations: 4 written assignments, one for each topic, summarizing the main points learned and your own personal reactions to the material covered for each population.

Advanced Workshops: Attendance and participation at the workshops presented by 3rd year DPsych students in the Advanced Clinical Workshops sub-course.

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Six hrs/week and six workshops of three hours each.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Clinical Psychology (7601) or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) (9061) and have successfully completed PSYC8103. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PSYC9014 and PSYC9414.

Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed at the beginning of the course. Texts will be selected in line with current research.

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of clinical diagnosis, assessment and treatment comparable to undergraduate level abnormal psychology.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $7188
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $10260
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5427 01 Apr 2017 21 Apr 2017 21 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8158 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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