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HPS976 - Issues in Professional Psychology

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
Unit chair:

Melissa O'Shea





Incompatible with: HPS776
Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour seminar per week


This unit will prepare students to understand the ethical, legal, governance and personal frameworks that relate to professional practice as a Clinical 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; requirements of the APS colleges of Clinical Psychologists; the APS Code of Ethical and Professional Standards; the role of Clinical 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%


Hurdle requirement

Completion of Multiple Choice Questions relating to online modules - 1 hour in total

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