HPS712 - Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 3


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

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


HPS709 and HPS777



Incompatible with: HPS912
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week and 50 days supervised placement

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week and 50 days supervised placement


This unit builds upon previous placement competencies and is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to further enhance their clinical psychology skills. Students will be expected to demonstrate key competencies in ethical and professional frameworks as well as advanced psychological assessment and intervention skills. Supervision on this placement will be aimed at increasing autonomy and responsibility as well as higher level integration of theory and practice.

Placements aim to provide students with opportunities to develop clinical psychology skills in a range of settings such as adult, adolescent, acute, chronic, inpatient, community, forensic and/or rehabilitation services. It is expected that students will undertake either an adult OR a child/adolescent placements that will complement their previous placements.

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 and key competencies as well as the responsibilities of the student, the Agency Supervisor and the Placement coordinator. Students will be required to increase their client contact and carry their own caseload, under supervision. Student's performance will be reviewed at a mid and end of placement meeting. All meetings and paperwork are to be completed and are considered part of the unit requirements.

The unit also includes Case Analysis seminars, which are attended by all second year clinical Masters students, and facilitated by staff. Students will be required to present a case from their placement experience. Third year clinical Doctor of Psychology student(s) will also be invited to attend and present a case weekly. The seminars will provide the opportunity for students to obtain feedback from staff and other students.

A final day entitled “Transition to Professional Practice” will be scheduled and is aimed at preparing students for finishing their course and looking ahead to professional life as a registered psychologist and as a graduate of Deakin. This will include information and knowledge about the registrar program and becoming a supervisor down the track. This day will bring students together and provides an opportunity to reflect on learnings and achievements.

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