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Unit details

HPS712 - Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 3

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Nicolas Kambouropoulos


HPS709 and HPS777

Incompatible with: HPS912
Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week and 1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight, 55 full time days of placement


Placements are 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, 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, and complement their second placement (Placement 2) with an adult OR child/adolescent placement, depending on the second 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 minimum amount of face-to-face contact time with clients and the minimum 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 the third placement 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 clinical symptoms, history, the assessment techniques employed, the diagnosis of the disorder using DSM 5, 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 with 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 the 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 and submission of presentation slides (hurdle)

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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