• 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
    • Dr Helen Maxted
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2024
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Students will continue their clinical work by beginning a placement external to the ANU Psychology Clinic. 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.

Placement III forms the first of two external placements (Placement III and IV) and are completed in settings external to the clinic and can range from Private placements to Community Health Placements. The external placement is normally 40 days in duration, at a rate of 2 days a week for approximately 5 months. In addition to the placement, students are required to attend Professional Ethics and Practice meetings during the duration of the teaching semester.

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.

Work Integrated Learning


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

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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Students will continue their clinical work by beginning a placement external to the ANU Psychology Clinic. This placement continues until the student accumulates approximately 110 hours of client contact. The external placement (Placement III) is approximately 40 days in duration, at a rate of 2 days a week for 4 - 5 months.

Students undertaking any external field placement are required to attend Professional Practice meetings that are held throughout the year. Students will be expected to present clinical cases from their placements and actively participate in the discussion of client management issues with their peers. Specific consideration will be given to discussing ethical issues arising during the course of clinical practice. Professional Practice meetings - 1 hr/week.

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) and have successfully completed PSYC8201 and PSYC8202.

Prescribed Texts

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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:
6 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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6720
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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1457 12 Feb 2024 15 Mar 2024 15 Mar 2024 30 Jun 2024 In Person N/A

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