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Unit details

HPS709 - Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 2

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Unit chair:

Rebecca Diehm


HPS706 and HPS777

Incompatible with: HPS909
Contact hours:

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


The first module (Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare) aims to provide students from the various clinical streams across the Faculty with the opportunity to learn with, from and about each other in order to improve their willingness and ability to collaborate across disciplines to develop and deliver high quality integrated care pathways for the individuals and communities with whom they work.

The second module (Placement) is aimed at providing students with a wide range of client problems, age ranges (including children adolescents and the elderly) and clinical settings. The placements are designed to equip students with a range of professional skills and to develop an awareness of professional issues.

Placements will take part in one of various mental health service agencies, including but not limited to adult, child, adolescent, acute, chronic, community, forensic, and/or rehabilitation services. It is expected that for this unit students will undertake either an adult OR child/adolescent placement, and complement their fist placement (Placement 1) with an adult OR child/adolescent placement, depending on the first placement setting. At least two of the three placements undertaken in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) course must be regional or rural placements.

The placement program will be worked out jointly by the student, the placement coordinator, and the practitioners supervising the placement. This will include the required amount of face-to-face contact time with the clients and the required contact time with the clinical supervisor. Contracts will be drawn up which will clearly specify the skills to be taught and the responsibilities of the student, the Placement Supervisor and the placement coordinator. It is expected that in all placements, students will have experience in assessment and therapy.

The unit includes a Case Analysis seminar, which is attended by all second 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, the assessment techniques employed, the diagnosis of the disorder using DSM, a case formulation and report of treatment strategies consistent with the formulation.


Assessment task 1: Placement contract submitted within 21 days of commencing placement (hurdle)

Assessment task 2: 55 full time days attendance at this placement agency (hurdle)

Assessment task 3: Placement logbook submitted within 21 days of completing placement (hurdle)

Assessment task 4: Satisfactory report from placement supervision on professional competence of student submitted within 21 days of completing placement (hurdle)

Assessment task 5: Written placement case study of 3000 words submitted within 21 days of completing placement (hurdle)

Assessment task 6: Attendance at weekly Case Analysis seminars (hurdle)

Assessment task 7: 30 minute case presentation during Case Analysis seminar (hurdle)

Assessment task 8: Active participation in the online IPE module including participation in four case conferences and online discussions with an interprofessional student team

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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