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HPS706 - Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Amanda Dudley and Kate Hall


Registration as a provisional psychologist and all of HPS776, HPS777 and HPS779



Incompatible with: HPS906
Contact hours:

50-60 full time days of placement plus pre-clinical workshops and case analysis intensive seminars (one and ahalf day workshop)


The first clinical placement is designed to equip students with a range of clinical psychology skills and an awareness of professional issues. Students will fast-track the translation and integration of academic coursework learning into real life application.


This unit consists of three key activities:

  1. pre-clinical workshops;
  2. placement experience;
  3. case analysis intensive seminars.



To prepare for placement attendance, students will participate in a number of practitioner led workshops covering topics such as professional identity, tertiary public mental health settings and procedures, psychopharmacology, applied suicide intervention skills training and RISK AWARE online module aimed at increasing students' knowledge and ability to assess potential risks within clinical placement environments.



Through the Deakin University Psychology Clinics and Placement Partnerships at Eastern Health (Box Hill) and Barwon Health (Geelong), students will gain experience working with adults or children/adolescents experiencing mental health disorders. Students will be able to establish and demonstrate their clinical skills in clinical assessment, case formulation and intervention with individuals and groups.


As part of placement, students will engage in regular individual and group supervision. Supervisors are able to support students to realise individual professional development plans that can be carried across their course. The opportunity to experience a range of supervision models will advance students capacity to utilise supervision as a learning tool through their placement program and their career. 


A Supervision contract will be developed at the start of placement which will require the development of specific learning objectives as well as outlining roles, responsibilities and requirements. Student's performance will be evaluated on using the Mid and End of Placement Supervisor Report. Students will be evaluated on core competencies and are to demonstrate ethical and professional practice.


Students case conceptualisation skills with be evaluated through supervision and formal presentation of a case on placement.



The placement will be supplemented by case analysis intensive seminars in which students learn the theory and practice of case analysis/case conceptualisation as a foundation for subsequent placement and coursework requirements. Students will participate in case discussions and will be required to present case material.


As part of this unit, students are also required to submit a case report on a case within their placement agency.


Upon completion of this unit, students will have received sound knowledge and training in professional practice which will support development in subsequent placements.


Assessment task 1: Attendance for 50-60 days at placement (as well as pre-clinical workshops)

Assessment task 2: Presentation of logbook from placement (including pre-clinical workshops) to the Unit Chair within 21 days of placement

Assessment task 3: Satisfactory END of Placement Supervisor Report outlining professional and ethical competence of the student from the Placement Supervisor (completion of the placement) including presentation of a case within placement

Assessment task 4: Satisfactory case report (approximately 4000 words) written by the student and submitted to the University Supervisor within 21 days of completion of placement

Assessment task 5: Attendance at and active participation in Case Analysis Intensive Seminars.


These assessment and procedural components constitute 100% of the assessment for this unit and failure to satisfactorily complete the requirements of any one component will result in the student failing the unit, preclude the admission of the student to the next placement and may result in the student's exclusion from the course.

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