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Unit details

HPS776 - Issues in Professional Psychology

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in H750 Master of Psychology (Clinical) to enrol in this unit

Unit chair:

Andrew Lewis



Incompatible with: HPS976
Contact hours: 3 hours per week


This unit will prepare students for professional practice. It will ensure that students are familiar with ethical, legal, and professional practice requirements and responsibilities. The unit examines: the Australian requirements for registration as a psychologist, requirements of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, the APS Code of Ethical and Professional Standards; the nature of supervision and the responsibilities of the supervisor and the psychologist-IN-training; the effect of the different contexts in which the clinical psychologist works; the mutual responsibilities of team members; common practical problems in working with clients; legal and ethical issues; and key considerations of inter-professional collaboration.


Assessment task 1: Presentation (30 minutes) 20%

Assessment task 2: Case report (1500 words) 20%

Assessment task 3: Self-reflection diary on weekly issues (1500 words) 20%

Assessment task 4: Ethical dilemma examination (1 hour) 40%

Prescribed texts

Morrissey, S., & Reddy, P. (2006).  Ethics and Professional Practice for Psychologists. Melbourne: Thomson Social Sciences Press.

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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