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PSYC5511 Special Topics in Clinical Psychology
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Face to face
- This unit provides a series of master classes addressing a diverse range of theory, assessment, interventions, and professional skills for neurodevelopmental and psychological/ psychiatric conditions as well as other topics relevant to the students' theory, empirical evidence and practice of clinical psychology. Individual topics may change with student/staff interests and availability of visiting lecturers, and include but are not limited to for example: Disability and Neurodiversity, Working with diversity and cultural considerations, Advanced psychotherapies for more complex presentations and cases, including CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; metacognitive therapies.
1) The students will identify, describe and determine the presentation and diagnoses of a range of mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions, including comorbid presentatoins and differential diagnoses using case examples.
2) Drawing from theory and the evidence-base, the students will
(i) integrate and interpret clinically relevant data to formulate a client's presenting difficulties in case examples; and
(ii) will select and plan psychological interventions for clients in case examples.
3) The students will demostrate diversity/ culturally appropriate understanding of working with diverse clients (in terms of culture and/ or neurodiversity) and will select and explain appropriate and responsive to diversity communication skills in case examples.
- Students are able to (1) identify, describe and communicate in writing the presentation and diagnoses of a range of mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions referring to international taxonomies of classification of psychological disorders, including comorbid presentations and differential diagnoses using complex and chronic case examples; (2) drawing from theories of the aetiology, progression, precursors, strengths, and sequelae of psychological disorders and the evidence-base, the students will integrate and interpret clinically relevant data to formulate a client's presenting difficulties in case examples; and will select and plan psychological interventions for clients in case examples.; (3) the students will demonstrate understanding of working with diverse clients (in terms of culture and/ or neurodiversity) and will explain their assessment (with reference to international taxonomies) and intervention selection, using communication responsive to diversity in case examples.; and (4) apply developmental systems and biopsychosocial models of health, as well as a strengths-based approach, to understanding and communicate (in writing) the needs of people with chronic and complex psychological disorders across the lifespan in case examples.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study report; (2) multiple quizzes (each after a Master class); and (3) attendance. Further information is available in the unit outline.
To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the attendance component.
For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Except where supplementary assessment is not available in a unit, it will be offered to students in all units who:
- Are in good academic standing overall;
- Have passed over half the units taken in the teaching period concerned, except where they are only enrolled in two or less units in the period;
- Have submitted all assessment items in the unit;
- Have achieved a mark between 45 and 49 for the unit overall, or the same mark in any failed component item in the unit; and
- No finding of academic misconduct has been made against them in the unit concerned.
Additionally student may apply for supplementary assessment in any unit which is the final unit required for graduation in there course and where they have achieved a mark between 45 and 49 for the unit overall, or the same mark in any failed component item in the unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Jeneva Ohan
- Unit rules
- Enrolment in 01870/54570 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology or 53370 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and Successful completion of two Unit(s) PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I and Unit(s) PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
- Contact hours
- These are advanced Master classes typically delivered in 3- to 8-hour workshops, up to a total of 50 hours in the teaching period.
- Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.