Return to previous page

HPS709 - Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 2

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Unit chair:

Amanda Dudley and Melissa O'Shea


HPS706 and HPS777



Incompatible with: HPS909
Contact hours:

55 days of supervised clinical placement (approximately two days per week), weekly online activities as part of the CPH online component of the unit (see Module 2) and a case analysis/case conference seminar (one day).


The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to establish their clinical psychology skills. Students are be expected to demonstrate key competencies in ethical and professional frameworks as well as psychological assessment and intervention skills.


Placements provide students with opportunities to develop clinical psychology skills in a range of settings such as adult, adolescent, acute, chronic, inpatient, community, forensic and/or rehabilitation services. It is expected that students will undertake either an adult OR a child/adolescent placements that will complement their other placement units.


The placement program will be established jointly by the student, the placement coordinator, and the practitioner(s) supervising the placement. This will include the minimum amount of face-to-face contact time with clients and the minimum supervision requirements. Placement Learning Contracts will specify learning objectives and key competencies as well as the responsibilities of the student, the Agency Supervisor and the Placement coordinator. Students will be required to have client contact and carry their own caseload, under supervision. The student's performance will be reviewed at a mid and end of placement meeting. All meetings and paperwork are to be completed and are considered part of the unit requirements.


This unit also consists of a Collaborative Practice in Healthcare (CPH) Online Unit. This involves self-directed IPE topics where students explore key themes relating to collaboration, health professionals roles, leadership, conflict management, and team development. There is also a case conference stream where students apply the knowledge and skills acquired through the self-directed IPE stream and work as an inter-professional team. Weekly discussions with their team via CloudDeakin and developing care plans for interesting cases is required.


The unit also involves a Case Analysis seminar, which is attended by all second year clinical masters students, and facilitated by staff. Students will be required to present a case from their placement experience. The seminar will provide the opportunity for students to give and receive feedback from staff and other students.


Assessment task 1: Attendance at placement for a minimum of 55 days


Assessment task 2: Presentation of logbook to the University Supervisor at the final placement review meeting (completion of the placement)


Assessment task 3: Satisfactory report on professional and ethical competence of the student from the Placement Supervisor and University Supervisor at the final placement review meeting (completion of the placement)


Assessment task 4: Satisfactory case report of approximately 3000 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, the Case Analysis seminar and satisfactory presentation of a case


Assessment task 6: Satisfactory completion of the CPH online unit


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.

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you:

Return to previous page