Clinical Placement A1

PSY70001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester /Teaching Period

Contact hours

  • See "Teaching Method"

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21

Aims and objectives

The placement units in this degree are integrated into a placement program that runs across the years of the course. Clinical training at Swinburne is based on the problem formulation and hypothesis testing approach. The emphasis of this approach is on developing an optimal individualized formulation of each client or clinical challenge. Intervention choices and monitoring strategies flow directly from this formulation, which in turn will explicitly develop as treatment progresses. Accordingly, graduates of the program will be able to:
• Reach a detailed program formulation on the basis of both standardized and unstandardised assessments, and
• Design and conduct appropriate individual, group and family treatment intervention programs, with ongoing monitoring, and revision of problem formulation and interventions where necessary.
This initial placement is undertaken at the Swinburne Psychology Clinic under the close supervision of clinical academic staff of the University or Clinical Associates of the University. The focus of this work is on the assessment and treatment of individual cases with less complex and less severe presentations. This placement is closely tied to the knowledge and skills developed in the two foundation subjects, HAY530 Counselling Theory and Skills and HAY527 Advanced Psychological Assessment, and the co-requisite subject HAYC550 Adult Psychopathology.