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PSYC5538 Neuropsychology Placement I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is the first practical placement unit in the Clinical Neuropsychology program and includes a variety of either internal or external placement experiences, or both, completed over the course of a non-standard teaching period (e.g. teaching period P6: 10 months—March through to December). The unit includes a preparation for placement component within the Robin Winkler Clinic identical to that provided in PSYC5678 Practicum I (formerly PSYC8678 Practicum I). Students, in consultation with the placement coordinator, choose a variety of assessment and intervention experiences within the internal clinic, and/or external clinical neuropsychological experiences. These experiences allow students an opportunity to work with children, adults and older adults across a range of settings, including an internal neuropsychology community clinic. Trainees are able to build basic clinical skills (including interviewing and interventions) as well as skills and experience in psychological and neuropsychological test selection, scoring, interpretation and communication of results during feedback sessions and case conferences.
Students are able to (1) understand the clinical and professional procedures of a clinical agency/institution; (2) be aware of the roles of professionals in the multidisciplinary team of the agency/institution; (3) develop competence in the assessment and intervention methods used in the clinical agency/institution; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the National Registration Act and other relevant legislation; (5) demonstrate knowledge of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) code of ethics and how it guides clinical practice; (6) develop an awareness of the basic principles of effective assessment and interviewing and gain experience in conducting clinical interviews, neuropsychological assessments and giving feedback; and (7) understand the principles of note taking and report writing and have practical experience of writing up assessment and clinical interviews.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: supervisor reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Brandon Gavett and Dr Andrew Sheridan
Unit rules
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (53390)
PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I (formerly PSYC8672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I), PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II (formerly PSYC8673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II)
Contact hours
minimum 300 hours (including observation, supervision, supervised clinical work and case presentations). A record of signed hours and activities must be kept using the electronic logbook system and submitted at the end of semester.
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.
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