Clinical and Forensic Placement B1

PSY80104 12.5 Credit Points External Venue, Hawthorn


  • One Semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 70 days (525 total hours), 205 hrs direct client contact, 65 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

External Placements  Clinical and Forensic Placement B1 and  Clinical and Forensic Placement B2 are undertaken in external field settings and can only commence after placements A1 and A2 are successfully completed. This first major external placement in the program requires a greater degree of independence/autonomy from the student trainee, and in this sense is a developmental step from the closely monitored activities of the two initial placements at the Swinburne Psychology Clinic, Clinical and Forensic Placement A1 and the brief Clinical and Forensic Placement A2 at a mental health setting. Student 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 and Forensic Placement B1 can occur at a variety of settings, depending upon the student trainee's experience, skill and interests and depending on the availability of appropriate supervision on-site and a useful training role in the organisation.
Unit Learning Outcomes 
1. Acquire sophisticated skills in history taking, conducting a mental status examination, and arriving at a case formulation in adult forensic settings.
2. Demonstrate skills in administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessments relevant to adult forensic settings
3. Acquire expert knowledge about typical courses of disorders and the factors impacting criminal behaviour, and to be confident in independently developing appropriate treatment and management plans within criminal justice and forensic mental health services.
4. Develop expertise in a variety of intervention strategies used in the forensic context and will be capable of evaluating those intervention.

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