PSYC5511 Special Topics in Clinical Psychology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides a series of master classes addressing a diverse range of theory, assessment, interventions, and professional skills for psychological disorders as well as other topics relevant to the student's practice of clinical psychology. Individual topics may change with student/staff interests and availability of visiting lecturers, for example: Assessment and Treatment of Trauma, Gender Diversity and Gender Dysphoria, Positive Behaviour Support, Life Beyond Uni, Stigma: Keeping it out of our Practice, Working with Refugee Children, Third wave therapies (e.g., mindfulness approaches), and Family Therapy.

Academic Objectives:

1) Gain in-depth understanding of a variety of disorders and issues in clinical practice. 2) Gain knowledge of specialist approaches to assessing and treating clinical problems. 3) Gain understanding of how to integrate and apply the knowledge within a supervised clinical placement where appropriate.
Students are able to (1) identify the presentation of a variety of disorders and clinically relevant problems.; (2) increase confidence in their specialist skills to work with clients to assess and treat their clinical problems.; and (3) Apply the knowledge acquired in this unit within a supervised clinical placement where appropriate..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) engaged participation in the experiential learning activities and (2) multiple quizzes (each after a Master class). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jeneva Ohan
Unit rules
- Enrolment in the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570)
the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (53370)
- PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I
- PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II.
Contact hours
These are advanced Master classes typically delivered in 3- to 6-hour workshops, up to a total of 39 hours in the teaching period.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-P-2_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.