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PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists work with people who experience a range of mental health and emotional well-being difficulties. This unit aims to provide a foundational conceptual framework for the assessment and conceptualisation of common mental health, behavioral and/ or neurodevelopmental difficulties in children/ young people and adults. Students are introduced to psychological assessment and the diagnostic process (using DSM-5 and ICD-10), clinical interviewing and observation methods (e.g., history taking and conducting a mental status examination) and psychometric instruments appropriate for the measurement and monitoring of a wide range of psychopathology in both children and adults. Students also learn how to organise clinical information into a case formulation to guide intervention selection and delivery. Consideration is given to comorbidity and cultural diversity and how these factors may impact clinical assessment and formulation, and clinical practice more broadly.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify, self-reflect on, and consider the evidence base alongside relevant clinical information from different methods of psychological assessment in relation to formulating and intervening with common psychological presenting difficulties, across the lifespan and considering diversity (e.g., culture, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander).; (2) identify psychological conditions/ disorders using a taxonomy system and explain their clinical decision making in relation to diagnostic considerations, including differential diagnosis; (3) identify, organise and communicate in written report the presenting difficulties, predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating and protective biopsychosocial factors across the lifespan in case formulation of common mental health presentations, drawing from case information, psychological theory and research to consider options for intervention; (4) administer common psychometric instruments of intellectual functioning and memory; and (5) use professional communication skills in written case-based scenarios and in verbal interactions in role-play scenarios being sensitive to context (e.g., developmental stage, diversity).
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) intake report; and (3) video assessment: psychometric test administration. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Andrew Sheridan and Associate Professor Iliana Magiati
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 01890/54590 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology or 01870/54570 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology or 53370 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in One Unit(s) PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
2 1/2 hours/week; plus workshops: 3 x 4 hours
Note
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.
Texts

There is no one textbook for this unit. A selection of key books and readings will be given at the start of the unit, and specific readings will be shared by the lecturers for each seminar.

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