• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Bruce Christensen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Clinical Coursework II comprises a number of sub-courses covering a range of topics designed to further advance the students’ knowledge of clinical theory and practice and relevant research methodology such as:

  • Psychopathology and Intervention II (Substance Use Disorders; Personality Disorders)
  • Clinical Research Methods

 For further information on the course details please see the Clinical Psychology Program Handbook.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the psychological theories of the aetiology, progression and/or recovery, precursors and sequelae of personality and substance use disorders and use evidence-based assessments to evaluate personality and substance use disorders.
  2. Employ Dialectical Behaviour Therapy techniques and strategies to treat personality disorders.
  3. Utilise evidence-based e-health practices in the understanding and management of psychological disorders.
  4. Demonstrate competences in doing evidence based practice pertaining to clinical practice and decision making
  5. Demonstrate competencies in the design of a clinically relevant research project.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced psychometric approaches and competency in the development of a psychological scale.

Other Information

Enrolees must be eligible for registration as a psychologist in the ACT. This course is assessed on a Course Requirement Satisfied (CRS) or Fail basis. Students must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks in order to pass the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The assessment for each sub-course equals 1/2 of the overall assessment for this course: (null) [LO null]
  2. Psychopathology and Intervention II: Administration of the NEO-FFI (Hurdle); Personality theory exam (30%); Online e-therapy module (Hurdle); Video recording of chain analysis and self-reflection (35%); Substance use disorders toolkit (35%) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Clinical Research Methods: Evidenced-based practice tasks (hurdle); Research proposal presentation (30%); Research proposal report (30%); Scale construction assignment (40%) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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This course is comprised of submodules. The face-to-face/contact hours for each submodule may vary, but are expected to consist of:

  • Psychopathology and Intervention II: 2-3 hours/week plus 1-day workshop (28-42 hours over the semester)
  • Clinical Research Methods: 2-3 hours/week (24-36 hours over the semester)

Plus a minimum 182 hours of self-study and several mandatory workshops..

Inherent Requirements

to be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Clinical Psychology (7601) and have successfully completed PSYC8101. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PSYC9012 or PSYC9412.

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.  

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

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $9120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $13080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6904 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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