Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduce students to advanced concepts and skills related to professional roles in psychology in both the clinical and research domains, as well as those that may apply in a wide range of employment settings. The content will foster critical thinking, ethical interpersonal behaviour, personal reflection and interviewing skills. This unit employs a combination of problem based learning and teacher-directed activities. Professionals from a range of clinical and research settings present information about their professional practice and engage students in discussions. Students are provided training in pre-professional skills and receive feedback on their performance and their ability to critique their own work. Workshops will provide introductory training in motivational interviewing, cultural responsiveness and exposure to Indigenous Knowledge regarding psychosocial factors affecting wellness.

Unit content

  • Motivational interviewing (all-day workshop)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS) Code of Ethics
  • Ethical Principles and Practice Guidelines from the APS and AHPRA.
  • Personal reflection on career goals and fit with available careers
  • Clinical practice and case presentations by clinical and mental healthcare professionals  including ethical challenges and solutions.
  • Discussion of interdisciplinary approaches to mental healthcare provision.
  • Presentations on applied psychological research design, methods and findings
  • Cultural awareness and cultural responsiveness
  • Indigenous knowledge regarding causes of psychopathology, wellness, and mental health treatment in Australia (all-day Red Dust Healing workshop).

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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