PSYCHOL 7143 - Master of Psychology (Clinical) Placement III

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2022

This Placement provides education and training in professional practice and skills to prepare the student for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 7143
    Course Master of Psychology (Clinical) Placement III
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Summer
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 22 weeks of 2.5 days
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 7130, PSYCHOL 7131, PSYCHOL 7132, PSYCHOL 7133, PSYCHOL 7134, PSYCHOL 7135 and PSYCHOL 7136
    Restrictions Available to M Psych (Clin) and PhD/MPsych (Clin) students only
    Course Description This Placement provides education and training in professional practice and skills to prepare the student for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Baranoff

    Telephone: +61 8 8313 3740

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Placement allocations will occur at two time points each year. Further details will be made available to students during orientation and upon commencement of their program.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1.    Apply professional standards and codes of conduct  to clinical practice
    2.    Use feedback from supervisors, colleagues and other professionals to improve professional practice
    3.    Integrate interpersonal and organisational skills into clinical practice
    4.    Select, administer and interpret assessment results competently
    5.    Interview competently a diverse range of people
    6.    Provide appropriate  evidence-based interventions to people from diverse backgrounds.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All required placement documentation will be made available for students via the Master of Psychology MyUni page, and the Clinical Placement Management Portal SONIA. Each placement provider will allocate required readings as appropriate.
    Recommended Resources
    The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Vicki Langton, provides some useful information through the Internet at The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
    Online Learning
    This course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
    - Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
    - Submission of assessment
    - Access to resources such as forms, templates and additional readings
    - Self-directed learning activities.

    Link to MyUni:

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The Field Supervisor and trainee meet for formal and informal supervision depending on the developmental needs of the trainee.
    Supervisors should make themselves available for informal discussion of matters that arise between formal supervision sessions. At a minimum 1 hour of supervision for every 15 hours of placement is required for third placement students. The Field Supervisor, Internal Supervisor, and trainee meet to review the placement, at an initial, mid- (if required), and end-of-placement meeting.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This placement requires approximately 334 hours of placement activity. This placement is made up of direct client activities (approximately 134 hours per placement), supervision (1 hours per 15 hours of placement) and client-related activities hours (remainder).

    In addition, students are required to attend the Case Discussion Seminar Program (6 hours). Finally, it should be noted that over the course of their Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree as part of their placement requirements all students must complete one mentoring experience (where they mentor students who are at lower or equivalent level of study than themselves and complete a brief reflective learning journal) and must demonstrate competency in one presentation about their placement experience at the Case Discussion Seminar Program.
    Learning Activities Summary

    As this placement involves clinical training there are no formal lectures. The Learning Activities are tailored for each individual depending on the nature of the placement and the developmental needs of the trainee. Learning Activities reflect the Learning Outcomes.

    Specific Course Requirements
    On enrolment all students MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.  All students are required to provide a copy of their registration details  to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Interviewing & Intervention and Evidence-Based Practice.The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website:

    Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is a mandatory requirement for acceptance to and continuation within the program.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Mid placement review Formative Not applicable All
    End of placement supervisor report Summative NGP All
    Assessment Related Requirements

    As part of placement requirements, all students must complete one mentoring experience (where they mentor students who are at lower or equivalent level of study than themselves) and must participate in the Case Discussion Seminar Program via attendance and demonstrating competence in a presentation related to psychology-practice. Attendance at all Case Discussion Seminars is mandatory to ensure students attain and can demonstrate the relevant required competencies. Should students fail to meet mandatory
    attendance requirements by being absent, this may lead to a fail grade for the course. Exemptions to mandatory attendance requirements may be granted for up to one seminar per semester by the Course Coordinator if there are exceptional medical, compassionate, or extenuating circumstances as defined by the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. Students will be required to complete redemption exercises to the satisfaction of the Course Coordinator for any seminar missed.

    Assessment Detail
    A mid-placement review form is completed by the trainee and Placement Supervisor to review the trainee’s performance and the extent to which the Learning Outcomes are met. A final placement assessment meeting between the trainee, the Placement Supervisor and the University supervisor will occur at the end of the placement to assess the completion of the Learning Outcomes. The assessment of all Learning Outcomes is based on evidence provided in the final Placement Supervisor Report.

    In the case of unsatisfactory placement performance in which the trainee has not met the requirements they may be given the opportunity to extend the placement, or to do another placement to an acceptable level provided they are not thought to be a risk to self or others. The ultimate decision as to whether the trainee has successfully completed the requirements of the placement is made by the Internal University Supervisor and the Placement Coordinator in full consultation with the Placement Field Supervisor.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Placements will be graded by NGP.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g., course coordinator communications, placement orientation sessions). In addition aggregated course SELT data can be found at:
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