HPS910 - Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250

Registration as a provisional psychologist and all of HPS914, HPS976, HPS977 and HPY940



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

50 full time days of placement plus pre-clinical workshops and case analysis intensive seminars, 2 x 1 day workshops


The first clinical placement is designed to equip students with a range of clinical psychology skills and an awareness of professional issues. Students will translate and integration of academic coursework learning into real life application. This unit consists of three key activities:

1. pre-clinical workshops;
2. placement experience;
3. case analysis intensive seminars.


To prepare for placement attendance, students will participate in a number of practitioner led workshops covering topics such as professional identity, and RISK AWARE online module aimed at increasing students' knowledge and ability to assess potential risks within clinical placement environments.


Through our key placement partnerships, students will be able to establish and demonstrate their clinical skills in assessment, case formulation and intervention with individuals and/or groups. Placements aim to provide students with a broad range of experiences across various presenting issues and settings such as child/youth, adult, aged, inpatient, outpatient, community, forensic and/or rehabilitation services.

Placements will involve individualised learning objectives developed in consultation with the Student, Agency Supervisor and Placement Coordinator. This is to be documented on the Supervision Contract which also outlines roles, responsibilities and requirements. Students will be required to carry a caseload under supervision and as placements’ progress students will increase their client contact. Supervision is an essential part of placement and will over time focus on increased autonomy and responsibility as well as higher level integration of theory and practice. Student's performance will be reviewed at a mid and end of placement meeting and measured across the core competencies as per the Mid and End of Placement Supervisor Report.


The placement will be supplemented by case analysis intensive seminars in which students learn the theory and practice of case analysis/case conceptualisation as a foundation for subsequent placement and coursework requirements. Students will participate in case discussions and will be required to present case material. Students will also engage in single-subject case study methodology, using a scientist-practitioner mindset, which will be used to develop their four research case reports (DPsych) and three research case reports (MPsych) across the placement units.

Upon completion of this unit, students will have received sound knowledge and training in professional practice which will support development in subsequent placements.

Hurdle requirement

These assessment and procedural components constitute 100% of the assessment for this unit and failure to satisfactorily complete the requirements of any one component will result in the student failing the unit, preclude the admission of the student to the next placement and may result in the student's exclusion from the course.

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