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Unit details

HPS776 - Issues in Professional Psychology

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: 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


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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: Essay (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Oral examination 40%

Assessment task 3: 2 x 600 word self-reflection pieces (10% each) 20%

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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