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Students are required to complete 375 hours of placement (equivalent to a 50-day placement) at an external agency, working with either adult or child/adolescent client populations. Field placement activities include clinical assessment of referred cases, case formulation and diagnosis, development of management strategies where appropriate, recording interactions with and about clients, and attendance at relevant clinical meeting/ward rounds.
Students are required to participate in regular weekly supervision. Students undertaking this placement must be provisionally registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and hold current Police and Working with Children’s checks. External supervisors must be registered psychologists, have at least two years of full-time experience as a psychologist following the award of their postgraduate degree, and be a PBA-approved higher degree supervisor.
In addition students are required to attend, and present cases seen on field placement at a weekly case conference in the Melbourne School of Psychological Science over the course of their enrolment in Clinical Placement 3.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this placement subject, students should be able to:
- Expand on their familiarity with the clinical features of mental health disorders, problem-oriented interviewing and communication, formal clinical examination, diagnostic formulation, and case presentation.
On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate skills in:
- Conducting professional interviews, and assessments (including standardised psychological testing to assess and interpret aspects of functioning as well as formal diagnostic assessments) and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment of risk, to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions, including management of risk;
- Interpreting and communicating assessment findings in oral and written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language;
- Implementing appropriate, empirically supported, culturally appropriate interventions, and monitor clients' progress and intervention outcomes.
Application of Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Rigorously apply professional practice policies and procedures, including as they relate to referral management and record-keeping, across a range of workplace settings and with recognition of different organisational and cultural practices;
- Work effectively with a range of professionals and support staff in the workplace and communicate and collaborate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements, demonstrating respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of their professional practice (in conjunction with clinical supervisors), identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed.
- Advanced problem identification and problem solving skills
- Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
- Advanced information integration skills
Last updated: 29 April 2023