Clinical and Forensic Placement A1

PSY80102 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 50 days (375 total hours) 150 hrs direct client contact, 90 hours supervision

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

The placement units in this degree are integrated into a placement program that runs across the years of the program:
The Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Program at Swinburne University of Technology is designed to meet the growing demand for professionals with a high level of training in clinical skills, and who are trained to provide therapeutic interventions with people suffering from a range of clinical disorders. The program subscribes to the "scientist-practitioner" model of clinical psychology. The core features of this model are a respect for evidence and ongoing critical appraisal of one's own practice. At Swinburne, we encourage trainees to adopt a broad scholarly definition of what constitutes evidence relevant to clinical practice, an active critical approach to the existing evidence base, and an analytical mind-set in relation their own practice. 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, PSY80081 Counselling Theory and Skills and PSY80075 Advanced Psychological Assessment, and the co-requisite subject PSY80074 Adult Psychopathology.
Unit Learning Outcomes 
1. Develop sophisticated skills in history taking, conducting a mental status examination, and arriving at a case formulation.
2. Demonstrate refined skills in administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessments and writing comprehensive psychological reports
3. Acquire expert knowledge about typical courses and prognoses of disorders, and be confident in independently developing appropriate treatment and management plans
4. Demonstrate expert skills to demonstrate mastery over a variety of intervention strategies, which may include case management, individual therapy, family therapy and/or group interventions, and will be capable of evaluating those intervention.