PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
People present to clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists with a set of problems for which they are seeking assistance. This unit aims to provide a conceptual framework for the assessment and conceptualisation of problems. Students are introduced to diagnosis (using DSM-V and ICD-10) and diagnostic interviewing, assessment through interview (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 material into a case formulation to guide treatment selection and delivery. Consideration are given to comorbidity and cultural diversity and how these factors impact practice.
Students are able to (1) understand key principles of clinical assessment with children, adolescents and adults; (2) use case formulation to guide the assessment, evaluation, and delivery of clinical care with children, adolescents and adults; and (3) exhibit an awareness of the factors that may complicate the assessment and treatment of psychopathology and how to deal with them across the life span.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay and (2) intake report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Neil McLean
Unit rules
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590)
the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570)
the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (53370)
PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I
Contact hours
2 hours/week; plus workshops: 3 x 4 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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.
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.