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Unit description

Provides students with the opportunity to apply learning from other units in the course to psychological practice. The first of two psychology practica develops autonomy, responsibility, and a level of independent practice in the profession of psychology. In this unit, students apply psychological knowledge and skills, consistent with current relevant ethical and legal frameworks, inter-professional and mental health practice standards, while developing inter-personal and inter-professional skills in a psychological setting.

Unit content

This unit includes a one week residential prior to commencement of practicum.

  • Introduction to psychological collaborative practice, including legal and ethical obligations relevant to public safety and that of psychologists and inter-professional practitioners
  • Psychological assessments and treatments which may include interviewing, case formulation, treatment planning and evidence-based therapeutic intervention   
  • Attendance at and participation in supervision meetings, including receiving and responding to feedback
  • Instruction and guidance in the choice of assessment instruments, the development and evaluation of psychological case formulations and action plans, and the construction of reports.

 

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:
1apply foundational skills required to conduct psychological interviews and assessments
2apply foundational skills to analyse, interpret and report information to develop case formulations, including how to manage risk
3demonstrate and critically reflect on effective communication, interpersonal skills, cultural responsivity, and ethical and professional practice with clients, colleagues, inter-professional practitioners and other key stakeholders
4demonstrate understanding of the foundational skills required for the delivery and evaluation of evidence-based psychological interventions

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

  1. apply foundational skills required to conduct psychological interviews and assessments
  2. apply foundational skills to analyse, interpret and report information to develop case formulations, including how to manage risk
  3. demonstrate and critically reflect on effective communication, interpersonal skills, cultural responsivity, and ethical and professional practice with clients, colleagues, inter-professional practitioners and other key stakeholders
  4. demonstrate understanding of the foundational skills required for the delivery and evaluation of evidence-based psychological interventions

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Placement 180 hrs (Across the placement period)
Residential 7 hrs x 5 days (Once)
Assessment
Pre-placement skills assessmentSR
Placement Log and Supervisor's reportSR
Reflective writingSR
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

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International

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