HPY722 - Practice and Ethics in Professional Psychology


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H744


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:

HPS776, HPS976

Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour online lecture per week
1 x 2 hour seminar per fornight
2 x 1 day practical experience (workshop)


This unit will prepare students to understand the ethical, legal, governance and personal frameworks that relate to professional practice as a Psychologist and Health Professional. It will ensure that students are familiar with the ethical, legal and professional practice requirements and responsibilities of working as a Psychology Professional.

The unit examines: the Psychology Board of Australia requirements for registration as a psychologist; the APS Code of Ethical and Professional Standards; the role of Psychology in the broader Health system along with high level issues of governance; the nature of supervision and the responsibilities of the supervisor and the psychologist in-training; contemporary paradigms of practice including client-centred care and recovery orientation; the law as it applies to professional practice; and common ethical and practical problems in working with clients.

Adopting a mix of seminar and online learning modalities, the unit has a focus on collaborative practice in Healthcare. Students will participate in an inter-professional education experience involving students from Nursing, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Optometry, Medical Imaging and Medicine. This will provide students with the opportunity to learn about, from and with each other, the knowledge and skills inherent in effective healthcare collaboration, which itself leads to significant improvements in the quality of care provided. The Collaborative Practice in Healthcare component is an online based experience in which students will work in inter-professional student teams from across the Faculty of Health to develop care plans for complex patient presentations.

Hurdle requirement

  • Completion of Multiple Choice Questions relating to online modules - 1 hour in total
  • Attendance and satisfactory participation in weekend intensive - 2 days over one weekend

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