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HPS909 - Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 2

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Amanda Dudley and Melissa O'Shea



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

50 days of supervised clinical placement (approximately two days per week) and weekly online activities as part of the CPH online component of the unit (see Module 2)


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, child, adolescent, acute, chronic, inpatient, community, forensic, and/or rehabilitation services. It is expected that for this unit students will undertake either an adult OR a child/adolescent placement 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 a care plan for four interesting cases is required.


The unit also involves a Case Analysis seminar, which is attended by all 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 50 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 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, 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.

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