PSYCHOL 7417 - MClinPsych (Defence) Placement III
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 7417 Course MClinPsych (Defence) Placement III Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Summer Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact 334 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PSYCHOL 7401EX, PSYCHOL 7402, PSYCHOL 7403 and PSYCHOL 7407 Corequisites PSYCHOL 7404 Restrictions MCIinPsych (Defence) students only Course Description Placements are arranged within the Joint Health Command, Australian Defence Force, to reflect the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia and Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists. Students will be required to gain a broad experience of clinical psychology in a range of Defence settings.
Supervision will be met by providing a university supervisor through the School of Psychology and provision of a field supervisor by the Australian Defence Force (approved by Head of School).
Course Coordinator: Mark CescatoSchool of Psychology Office
Dr Mark Cescato
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Apply the 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 a diverse range of people competently
6. Provide appropriate Evidenced 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3,4,6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information please refer to the Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Program Handbook at the following link:
Online LearningThis 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: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Templates and forms relevant to this placement are also available in the Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Placement Handbook at the time of enrolment at the following link:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe Supervisor and trainee meet each week for a formal scheduled supervision tutorial. This should be of at least an hour’s duration. Longer supervision may be needed depending on the developmental needs of the trainee. In addition, supervisors should make themselves available for informal discussion of matters that arise between formal supervision sessions. Approximately 60 hours of supervision is required for each placement.
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 face-to-face client contact (approximately 134 hours per placement), supervisory (60 hours per placement) and clinical experience hours (remainder).
Learning Activities SummaryAs this placement involves clinical training there are no formal lectures. Essentially, 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 stated.
Specific Course RequirementsOn the initial enrolment into one of the Master’s program, 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: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.
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.
Small Group Discovery Experience*
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
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 DetailA 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.
Further information is available in the Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Placement Handbook at the time of enrolment at the following link:
SubmissionIn the case of unsatisfactory placement performance in which the trainee has not met the requirements he/she may be given the opportunity to extend the placement, or to do another placement to an acceptable level provided he/she is 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 University Placement Coordinator in full consultation with the Placement Supervisor.
For further information re the Assessment Policy please refer to the Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Placement Handbook at the following link:
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.Assignments will be graded as NGP.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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