Clinical and Forensic Placement A2

PSY80103 12.5 Credit Points External Venue, Hawthorn


  • One Semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 10 days (75 total hours), 40 hrs direct client contact, 10 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

Clinical Placement A2 is a short duration placement with a focus on assessing and managing psychiatric symptoms. It builds directly upon the clinical experienced obtained in Clinical and Forensic Placement A1 and  Adult Psychopathology. The focus of the placement is on the assessment and management of more complex and severe presentations. This placement experience is closely tied to the knowledge and skills developed in the subjects  Adult Psychopathology and  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Research.
The placement is conducted at an appropriate external mental health setting. Supervisors of this external placement will be experienced clinicians who are (i) Clinical Associates of the university, (ii) registered as supervisors with the Psychologists Registration Board, and (iii) eligible for membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. If an appropriately credentialed supervisor is not available on site at an otherwise suitable placement location, an internal academic clinician of the university will auspice the supervision relationship.
Unit Learning Outcomes 
1. Develop sophisticated skills in history taking, conducting a mental status examination, and arriving at a case formulation in the forensic context.
2. Students will have refined skills in administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessments and writing comprehensive psychological reports for the courts.
3. Students will acquire expert knowledge about typical courses and prognoses of childhood disorders, and to be confident in independently developing appropriate treatment and management plans for children and their families.