HPY722 - Practice and Ethics in Professional Psychology

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in H744 to undertake this unit

Unit chair:

Clint Gurtman





Incompatible with:

HPS776, HPS976

Contact hours:

Students will be expected to spend an average of 150 hours over the trimester in teaching and learning and assessment activities. This will include a 1 x 2 hour online class and 1 x 1 hour collaborate session with problem based exercises. This will also include 12 hours of intensive in-class activities.


This unit will prepare students to understand the ethical, legal, governance and personal frameworks that relate to professional practice as a Psychologist and Health Professional. It will ensure that students are familiar with the ethical, legal and professional practice requirements and responsibilities of working as a Psychology Professional.


The unit examines: the Psychology Board of Australia requirements for registration as a psychologist; the APS Code of Ethical and Professional Standards; the role of Psychology in the broader Health system along with high level issues of governance; the nature of supervision and the responsibilities of the supervisor and the psychologist in-training; contemporary paradigms of practice including client-centred care and recovery orientation; the law as it applies to professional practice; and common ethical and practical problems in working with clients.


Adopting a mix of seminar and online learning modalities, the unit has a focus on collaborative practice in Healthcare. Students will participate in an inter-professional education experience involving students from Nursing, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Optometry and Medicine. This will provide students with the opportunity to learn about, from and with each other, the knowledge and skills inherent in effective healthcare collaboration, which itself leads to significant improvements in the quality of care provided. The Collaborative Practice in Healthcare component is a Cloud (online; Blackboard Collaborate) based experience in which students will work in inter-professional student teams from across the Faculty of Health to develop care plans for complex patient presentations.


Assessment task 1: Presentation (30 minutes) 40%

Assessment task 2: Critical Reflection through weekly journaling (2500 words) 30%

Assessment task 3: Interprofessional Team Care Plan Development (3 x 10%) - total 30%

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