EDUC5469 School Psychology I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit develops skills in psychological and educational assessment, interviewing and counselling. In addition, ethical and professional issues are introduced and discussed.
Students are able to (1) understand the objectives of school psychology as a statewide support service in schools, including the range of service provision as it currently exists; (2) demonstrate competency in psycho-educational assessment and analysis of assessment information; (3) demonstrate competency in basic counselling skills; (4) show competency in oral and written communication, including interviewing, report writing, appraisal of information derived from a variety of sources, and preparation and presentation of materials for groups appropriate for context and audience; (5) demonstrate an awareness of the role of the school psychologist in pastoral care and student management on a whole-of-school basis; (6) be aware of appropriate aspects of current Department of Education policies, initiatives and strategic directions; (7) demonstrate familiarity with the ethical and professional requirements of the Psychologists Board of Australia, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Department of Education; (8) apply appropriate professional ethical considerations to situations likely to be encountered in the field; and (9) develop an awareness of the responsibilities faced as employees of the Department of Education or the non-government education system.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assessment role-play and (2) counselling role-play. 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 assessment role-play and counselling role-play components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Glasgow
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400), enrolment
re-enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
Advisable prior study:
a Bachelor of Psychology degree
Contact hours
30 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-2D_2019]
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.