• 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 Elizabeth Rieger
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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Clinical Coursework I comprises a number of sub-courses covering a range topics designed to lay the foundations for further clinical coursework and to prepare the student for the initial experience of clinical practice, such as:

  • Psychopathology and Intervention I (Depressive Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Unified Protocol)
  • Clinical Psychological Assessment
  • Child Psychopathology and Intervention
  • Ethics and Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Skills Workshop

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. Demonstrate a range of counselling skills, conduct structured and semi-structured clinical interviews and demonstrate the ability to make systematic observations of relevant behaviour during the clinical assessment/treatment process.
  2. Understand and employ psychometric theory and techniques in conducting psychological assessments and evaluating psychological tests; administer, score and interpret commonly used psychological tests measuring intellectual ability and psychopathology; prepare formal psychological reports and communicate assessment results to clients and other stakeholders; and demonstrate knowledge of the DSM-5 diagnostic classification system.
  3. Diagnose common childhood psychological disorders, observe and assess children’s social behaviour and deliver a formulation regarding a child’s presenting problem(s) in a collaborative fashion.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to research, understand, and resolve clinical and professional ethical issues as outlined by the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines, Psychology Board of Australia Guidelines for Practice, and other relevant professional guidelines and regulatory legislation.
  5. Provide evidence-based formulations and employ CBT techniques and strategies to treat clients presenting with emotional disorders.

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 1/5 of the overall assessment for this course: (null) [LO null]
  2. Psychopathology and Intervention I: Take home anxiety assessment (10%); Take home social anxiety assessment (10%); Take home depression assessment (10%); Full assessment and treatment report (70%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Clinical Psychological Assessment: Psychometric evaluation essay (20%); PAI interpretation report (20%); Video-taped WAIS-IV administration and report (25%); Integrated psychological report (20%); Clinical Skills Workshop assessments (15%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Child Psychopathology and Intervention: Discussion of weekly readings (5%); Preschool observation report (15%); Video and written reflection (30%), Case formulation and intervention plan (50%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Ethics and Clinical Practice: Legislation and ethical codes quiz (25%); Mandatory reporting and sexualised behaviours quiz (25%); Response to ethical dilemmas essay (50%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  6. Clinical Skills Workshops: Written reflective journal (5%); MINI Neuropsychiatric Interview (5%); Video demonstration of clinical interview and assessment (30%); GP letter (10%); Role play (40%); Participation during discussions in the workshop and engagement in role-plays (10%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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 I: 2-3 hours/week (24 hours over the semester)
  • Clinical Psychological Assessment: 3 hours/week (36 hours over the semester)
  • Clinical Skills Workshop: 10 x 6 hr workshops & 1 hour Viva at the end of the course (61 hours over the semester)
  • Child Psychopathology and Intervention: 3 hrs/week plus a 6-hour practical workshop and one preschool-based assignment (42 hours over the semester)
  • Ethics and Clinical Practice: 4 x 3.5-hour workshops (14 hours over the semester)

Plus a minimum 83 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). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PSYC9011 or PSYC9411.

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
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Unit value:
12 units

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3749 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 31 Mar 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

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