• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Julia Reynolds
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course will provide you with supervised experience in one or more professional psychology settings, where you will undertake a range of client-related activities under the supervision of a registered psychologist.
This 12 unit course provides 260 of the 300 hours of practicum and skills training required by APAC in the 5th year of the 5+1 pathway to registration. The aim is to provide you with practical experience and prepare you to enter an external internship in the 6th year of the 5+1 pathway to registration.
In this course, you will apply your knowledge and skills in assessment and intervention and develop your ability to provide safe, high quality, person-centered care. You will also gain experience of professional practice/ clinic management and the practical application of ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work under supervision in an evidence-based manner.
  2. Apply knowledge of relevant legal, ethical and administrative regulations and standards required by the profession and the workplace.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour with supervisors.
  4. Demonstrate ability to collaborate effectively with other professionals and support staff.
  5. Demonstrate competencies in basic psychological assessment, formulation and intervention.

Work Integrated Learning


All students will engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a major component of the course

Other Information

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.

Students may also have to seek additional documentation prior to enrolling in the placement course depending on the external placement providers including:

Indicative Assessment

  1. A logbook showing details of practica, casework and supervision (hurdle) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. 1 written case report (hurdle) (40) [LO 1,4,5]
  3. Assessment of student’s in-person and/or video-taped work (hurdle) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Supervisor report on professional behaviour (CRS) (0) [LO 3,4,5]

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PSYC8522 must be taken as a 12 unit course, with approximately 20-25 hours per week (260 throughout the semester).

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: Either have completed PSYC8510, PSYC8511, PSYC8512 and PSYC8513 OR have completed or be concurrently enrolled in PSYC8521 and PSYC8520

You will need to contact the School of Medicine and Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge and skills in psychological assessment, interventions, interpersonal skills, ethics from earlier courses in the program


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
2024 $9360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $13440
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
7970 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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