Clinical Placement B2

PSY70004 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.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24



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 placement is undertaken in external field setting and can only commence after external placement  Clinical Placement B1 and internal placements A1 and A2 are successfully completed. This final external placement in the program requires a greater degree of independence/autonomy from the trainee than was expected in  Clinical Placement B1. Trainees will typically be under the direct daily supervision of an on-site psychologist who is eligible for membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and the internal university placement coordinator will act as an additional supervisor to provide support for the placement experience.

Clinical Placement B2 can occur at a variety of settings, depending upon the trainee's experience, skill and interests and depending on the availability of appropriate supervision on-site and a useful training role in the organisation. As this is the final placement of the course, it is ideally used as an opportunity for the trainee to function at a high professional level in a field of personal interest.