• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Linda Nicholson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2022
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See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. This course includes on campus/in person activities that cannot be adjusted for remote participants.

In this course students begin undertaking clinical work. This falls within the first 6 months approximately, of the year long clinical placement that is conducted in the clinic. Under the supervision of clinical staff, students expected to undertake a range of professional, clinical and administrative duties including cognitive assessment, group therapy, clinical assessment, case formulation, treatment planning and individual therapy with child / adolescent and adult clients as well as attend individual and group/peer supervision and professional development meetings. Placement is three days per week until the student has accumulated approximately 100 hours of client contact.

Psychology placements provide students with opportunities to: (a) observe practice by qualified professionals; (b) apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills they have acquired in assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation and reporting; (c) receive feedback on their performance; and, (d) to gain experience in the planning and organisation of services. Students must undertake at least 1000 hours of practical experience spread over four placements. This includes 400 hours of client contact, 400 hours of client related activities and 200 hours of individual and group supervision.

The Initial Placement, which occurs in the ANU Psychology Clinic, is where students commence their professional training and is separated into two components over 10 months (Placement I and Placement II). The Initial Placement is normally 120 days in duration, at a rate of 3 days a week for approximately 10 months. External placements are in a wide range of settings external to the Clinic and students must complete two external placements (Placement III and Placement IV). The external placement is normally 40 days in duration, at a rate of 2 days a week for approximately 5 months.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply advanced psychological evidence-based knowledge and skills to their practice of clinical psychology with clients and in a professional setting, acting consistently with relevant legal frameworks, mental health practice standards, codes of ethical practice, and occupational health standards.
  2. Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice with clients across the lifespan and with a range of socially and culturally diverse clients.
  3. Establish appropriate therapeutic relationships with their clients (and/or relevant carers) in a culturally responsive manner and communicate professionally and effectively with them to obtain and provide information.
  4. Select and administer appropriate instruments for assessment or other methods for data collection, and analyse and evaluate the results.
  5. Integrate and interpret information from a range of sources in order to arrive at a formulation (describe clients and problems within a psychological framework, assess risk).
  6. Devise and implement the most appropriate intervention and treatment plan which is evidence based and clearly derived from the formulation, including management of risk.
  7. Monitor and evaluate the effects of the intervention and make modifications as required.
  8. Provide clear, comprehensive, accurate, and relevant verbal and written reports of their activities to the client, families, and external agencies where required.
  9. Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner, while operating within the boundaries of their professional competence, and ensuring the safety of clients and colleagues in all aspects of professional work.
  10. Engage in self-reflective professional practice, taking into account the impact of their own experiences, values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result to ensure professional practice is maintained, including developing effective self-care strategies.
  11. Understand the organisation of the workplace setting and work effectively and co-operatively within that organisation with recognition of different organisational cultures and practice.
  12. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.

Other Information

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Provisional Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia,
  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • Immunisation Record – Students must ensure their immunisations are current.
  • Working with Vulnerable People Registration – Students must complete a WWVP check.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Professional Placement Portfolio - includes a Placement Agreement, Written Clinical Case report, Supervisors evaluation of competence, and Log books indicating activities conducted over the course of the placement (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12]

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The Initial Placement, which occurs in the ANU Psychology Clinic, is where students commence their professional training and is separated into two components over 10 months (Placement I and Placement II). The Initial Placement is normally 120 days in duration, at a rate of 3 days a week for approximately 10 months.

This course continues through PSYC8202

Inherent Requirements

During the clinical placement, students will provide psychology services to potentially vulnerable clients. This requires students to put into practice a range of professional competencies developed in earlier courses. Developing these competencies requires students to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in English, including understanding and conveying nuance and adapting their communication style to suit the preferences and needs of others.
  • Use cues other than the literal meaning of spoken words to interpret the thoughts, emotions and motivations of others.
  • Reflect on how their verbal and non-verbal communication is interpreted by others and use these insights to develop positive professional relationships.
  • Monitor, reflect on and take responsibility for their own mental wellbeing, assumptions, beliefs and reactions to ensure they have the capacity to provide effective psychology services to clients.
  • Work professionally with supervisors, colleagues and fellow students, take proactive steps to resolve difficult situations and learn effectively from supervisor feedback.

In addition, to participate in the placement, students must:

  • Hold provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, including meeting standards for criminal history and English language skills.
  • Meet reasonable requirements set by the clinic at which they conduct their placement, including working at set times, suitability screening and, at some placements, requirements for immunisation.

Students must demonstrate their ability to meet these requirements before commencing the placement and will not be able to complete the placement if, for any reason, they are no longer able to meet them. Students who do not successfully complete the placement will not be able to complete their degree.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Clinical Psychology (7601)

Prescribed Texts

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6300
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3546 15 Apr 2022 20 May 2022 20 May 2022 15 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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