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HPS706 - Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Amanda Dudley


Registration as a probationary psychologist, HPS777 and HPS779



Incompatible with: HPS906
Contact hours:

25 full time days of placement and seminar attendance 1.5 hours per week.


This unit is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to establish their clinical psychology skills and to begin to develop professional identity through both individual and group supervision, and individual professional learning plans. This placement unit is facilitated through partnership with Barwon Health's Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services (MHDAS) and Eastern Health.


Pre-clinical training is provided through a series of workshops as well as on-site training and practice in enacting public health policies and procedures, through a variety of activities, including client simulation tasks. Students will gain an active understanding and competence in mandatory training modules that clinicians who work in public health require, e.g.: aggression management, suicide prevention, record keeping, etc.


The placement enables students to observe MHDAS facilities, staff and clients together with participating in assessment and treatment planning. Students will gain active experience in engaging with clients; undertaking and writing up MSE, case formulation, record keeping, operating as part of a busy multidisciplinary team, and building communication and interpersonal skills with other health professionals. It is expected that for this unit students will undertake either an adult OR a child/adolescent placement.


The placement program will be established jointly by the student, the placement coordinator, and the practitioners 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 as well as the responsibilities of the student, the supervisors and the Placement Coordinator. Student's performance will be reviewed at a mid-placement meeting and a final placement meeting will occur. All meetings and paperwork are to be completed and are considered part of the unit requirements. Students will be expected to demonstrate key competencies in ethical and professional frameworks.


The unit includes a Case Analysis seminar, which is attended by all first year clinical students and facilitated by staff.  Within this seminar, students will be required to provide a case presentation from their placement experience. This is a formal presentation to peers and staff of the client's symptoms, history, assessments, diagnosis of the disorder using DMS-5, case formulation and a consideration of appropriate treatment strategies consistent with the formulation and evidence based research.


Assessment task 1: Attendance for a minimum of 27 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 from 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 2000 words written by the student and submitted to the University Supervisor within 21 days of completion of placement
Assessment task 5: Attendance at and participation in the weekly Case Analysis seminars and 30 minute case presentation during Case Analysis Seminar


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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