The primary teaching method in this unit is direct supervision of the trainee's clinical activities by an experienced clinician in an appropriate external mental health setting. Supervision will be conducted in both individual and group formats, and the supervision process will be informed by regular observation of the trainee's work with clients, as well as review of clinical documents written by the trainee.
Placement subjects are graded as PASS/FAIL. The specific tasks that must be adequately completed in , Clinical Placement B2 are:
• Pre-placement contract
• Placement Activities Logbook
• Professional journal
• 1,500 word Trainee Placement report
• 2 x 2,000 word psychological assessment report
• Supervisor’s Report
• Final clinical competencies exam
Skill development targets Clinical Placement B2:
• To demonstrate sophisticated skills in history taking, conducting a mental status examination, and arriving at a case formulation.
• To have refined skills in administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessments and writing comprehensive psychological reports.
• To be knowledgeable about typical courses and prognoses of disorders, and to be confident in developing appropriate treatment and management plans.
• To build on basic skills over a variety of intervention strategies, which may include case management, individual therapy, family therapy and/or group interventions, and to be capable of evaluating those interventions.
• To be capable of functioning as an independent clinical psychologist within the facility, although supervised by field supervisors.
Compulsory placement days: 43 (including 130 hours of direct client contact)
Reports: 2 x 2000 word psychological assessment reports
Placement contract; placement activities logbook; professional journal; 500 word trainee placement report; Mid and end Placement Review Form
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.
Each placement is measured in both total days (40 days = 320 total hours) and in hours of direct client contact (130).
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.