The primary teaching method in this unit is direct supervision of the trainee's clinical activities by an experienced clinician. Supervision will be conducted in both individual and group formats, and the supervision process will be informed by regular and frequent observation of the trainee's work with clients, as well as review of clinical documents written by the trainee. The unit also contains some more didactic elements as described below, which entail compulsory attendance at a small number of timetabled classes designed to support the trainee's developing clinical expertise.
Placement subjects are graded as PASS/FAIL. The specific tasks that must be adequately completed in HAYC556, Clinical Placement A1 are:
• 2 x Supervisor’s Appraisal of Video / Live Session
• Placement Activities Logbook
• Professional journal
• 500 word Trainee Placement report
• 6 x written mental state examinations
• 2 x 2,000 word psychological assessment report
• A record form listing Psychometric Assessments completed by the trainee, approved and co-signed by the Supervisor.
• Supervisor’s Report
Graduates are capable in their chosen professional area:
• Competence with the management of clients in a professional manner within specialist settings.
• Advanced skills in customer service.
• Competence in therapeutic interventions.
• Ability to conduct psychological assessments concerning personality, intelligence and vocational questions.
• Therapy skills in working with individual clients.
• Competence in directing and evaluating group programs.
Graduates are adaptable and work effectively and ethically:
• Applying the APS Code of Ethics and Guidelines.
Graduates are aware of environments:
• Respect clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
• Understand the impact of culture on therapy.
The minimum requirements for HAYC556 are defined in terms of total placement days (32 = 256 hours) and also face to face client contact hours (100). Total 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.
Timetabled elements of Clinical Placement A1 are attendance at fortnightly group supervision sessions and monthly professional development seminars. Further detail about these timetabled sessions is provided in the first week of semester at a formal orientation session.