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PSYC5678 Practicum I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is the first practicum unit for postgraduate clinical psychology students. The aim is to provide a broad introduction to the practice of psychotherapy, and to offer students supervised training and experience in interviewing and assessment. The unit provides an introduction to the key aspects of professional practice and includes consideration of the ethical guidelines and legal responsibilities that relate to clinical practice. The unit also introduces students to assessment, basic counselling skills, interviewing techniques, note taking and report writing.
Students are able to (1) apply evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, intervention, and evaluation; (2) implement setting specific professional practice policies and procedures, including culturally-responsive written and oral communication with clients and colleagues regarding findings and progress; (3) show effective and respectful professional interactions with colleagues, peers, and supervisors, consulting when appropriate; (4) show self-reflective practice and openness to supervisor feedback, maintaining professional practice within the boundaries of one's competence; and (5) apply a biopsychosocial framework to understand the client's background, including consideration of diversity with respect to culture, age, and other factors (e.g. psychopharmacology).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: practicum reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Carmela Pestell
Unit rules
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570)
PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I, PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
Contact hours
Minimum 200 hrs (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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