Placements are designed to provide supervised professional training in the practice of clinical psychology within specific clinical settings. It is intended that students will be given opportunities to practice their skills while being supervised in a supportive and constructively critical environment. As the practice of clinical psychology is diverse, placements may be undertaken in a variety of clinical or community mental health agencies, in forensic and in hospital settings that involve clinical interventions and assessments. Placements are arranged in accordance each student’s skill, experience level, and professional interests. Students will be expected to consult with a range of clients with clinically significant problems including individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Students should also gain an understanding of how a clinical psychologist operates as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Students have an external agency supervisor and an internal university supervisor. The university supervisor will be a member of the Clinical College and coordinate the placement, collaborating with the student and external supervisor to ensure that placement requirements are fulfilled and to resolve any issues or difficulties that may arise. The external placement supervisor monitors the student’s day to day activities, providing regular supervision meetings, feedback and support. The external supervisor should be a registered psychologist with expertise in clinical psychology and who is eligible for membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. If the agency setting cannot provide a supervisor who is eligible for membership of the Clinical College, a Psychology staff member or an Associate of the Swinburne Centre for Psychological Services who is a Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists will provide supplementary supervision in conjunction with a member of staff from the external agency.


Equivalent units
PSY70003 Clinical Placement B1

HAYC558 - Clinical Placement B1

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Sophisticated skills in history taking, conducting a mental status examination, and arriving at a case formulation
  • Independently design and execute a plan for administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessments and writing comprehensive psychological reports
  • Advanced knowledge of typical courses and prognoses of disorders, and to be confident in developing appropriate treatment and management plans
  • High level skills that demonstrate advanced capabilities of intervention strategies, which may include case management, individual therapy, family therapy and/or group interventions, and will be capable of evaluating those intervention

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
22.22 9 weeks 200


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Placement activities logbookIndividual 0% 1,2,3,4 
Pre-placement contractIndividual 0% 1,2,3,4 
Report 1Individual 0% 1,2,3,4 
Report 2Individual 0% 1,2,3,4 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

  • Compulsory placement days: 43 (including 130 hours of direct client contact)
  • Reports: 2 x 2000 word psychological assessment reports
  • Placmeent contract; placement activities logbook; professional journal; 500 word trainee placement report; Mid and end Placement Review Form
  • Content

    Placement hours include client contact hours, group contact hours, supervision hours, plus workshop attendance, time spent reading relevant background literature, writing up client case notes, report writing, assessing individuals for inclusion in group programs, developing group programs and evaluating their effectiveness, administrative duties, and professional development activities

    All activities are conducted off-campus, at external agencies. Training involves practical experience under the supervision of an external agency supervisor. Students undertake this practical placement at an external agency, so attendance requirements are negotiated with the agency.  The minimum length of a placement is 200 hours

    Study resources

    Reading materials

    A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.