• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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This course will prepare you for your professional psychology placement.
You will build your knowledge about therapist effectiveness, including managing therapeutic relationships and core interpersonal skills such as empathy. You will learn about the roles of psychologists, other professionals and support staff in various professional settings and the skills required for respectful and effective collaboration.
This course has an applied focus and will provide opportunities for you to participate in simulated learning exercises to practice and integrate the knowledge and skills you have acquired in psychological assessment and intervention.
The 40 hours of simulated learning experience in this course will contribute to the 300 hours practical experience required by APAC.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and research evidence about safe and effective psychological practice.
  2. Understand and apply current approaches to collaborative inter-professional practice.
  3. Demonstrate competencies in interpersonal skills relevant to person-centered, collaborative professional practice.
  4. Demonstrate competencies in skills required to plan and deliver a basic psychological intervention under supervision.

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Simulated case report (hurdle) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Participation in simulated professional psychological activities (hurdle) (60) [LO 3,4]
  3. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) (CRS) (hurdle) (0) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Quiz (CRS) (hurdle) (0) [LO 2,3]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 hours of face-to-face activities including lectures and/or workshops per week.
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.


Inherent Requirements

In this course, students must participate in role-plays that simulate interactions between a psychologist and client as well as other in class activities such as analysis of case studies, discussion of relevant research and presenting their ideas to peers. These activities support the development and assessment of core professional competencies. 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 staff and fellow students and learn effectively from supervisor feedback.

In addition, students must:

  • Hold provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, including meeting standards for criminal history and English language skills.

Students who cannot meet these requirements will not be able to pass the course and will therefore be unable to complete their degree.

Requisite and Incompatibility

In order to enrol in this course you need to be active in the Master of Professional Psychology and: be concurrently enrolled in PSYC8510, PSYC8511 and PSYC8512. OR have successfully completed PSYC8510, PSYC8511, PSYC8521, PSYC8520 and be concurrently enrolled in PSYC8512.

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

Prescribed Texts

None

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge and skill in of psychological assessment, interventions, professional practice from other courses in this program or its equivalent

Fees

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:
4B
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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3429 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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