Availabilities:

LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Online

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. Students are provided training in pre-professional skills and receive feedback on their performance and their ability to critique their own work. Introductory training in motivational interviewing, cultural responsiveness and exposure to Indigenous Knowledge regarding psychosocial factors affecting wellness is provided.

Unit content

  • Motivational interviewing (Interview Skills Workshop)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS) Code of Ethics
  • Ethical principles and ethical decision-making models
  • 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 (Cultural Competence 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate the application of pre-professional interviewing skills
2examine ethical principles, the APS Code of Ethics and critical reasoning, in relation to addressing ethical dilemmas, both in writing and orally
3demonstrate critical reasoning about cultural responsiveness and Australian Indigenous Knowledge regarding some causes for psychopathology and pathways to wellness
4critically reason about clinical case and workplace scenarios while applying research and ethical standards regarding best practice
5discuss the implementation and application of widely used standardised psychological test instruments

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate the application of pre-professional interviewing skills
  2. examine ethical principles, the APS Code of Ethics and critical reasoning, in relation to addressing ethical dilemmas, both in writing and orally
  3. demonstrate critical reasoning about cultural responsiveness and Australian Indigenous Knowledge regarding some causes for psychopathology and pathways to wellness
  4. critically reason about clinical case and workplace scenarios while applying research and ethical standards regarding best practice
  5. discuss the implementation and application of widely used standardised psychological test instruments

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed Resources/Equipment
  • Prescribed resources/equipment information is not currently available.
Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Project 3 hours (Across the term)
Assessment
Reflective writing40%
Short written response20%
Practical skillsSR
Short written response40%

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly )
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Project 3 hours (Across the term)
Assessment
Reflective writing40%
Short written response20%
Practical skillsSR
Short written response40%

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Project 3 hours (Across the term)
Assessment
Reflective writing40%
Short written response20%
Practical skillsSR
Short written response40%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.

Fee paying courses
For postgraduate or undergraduate full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

+