CQUniversity Unit Profile
PSYC22006 Clinic Team IV
Clinic Team IV
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General Information

Overview

Clinic Team IV builds on Clinic Team III (PSYC22005) to provide you with advanced practice skills required for the professional competencies in clinical psychology specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and to prepare you for the Registrar Program to gain an Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia. This includes the culturally-sensitive, evidence-based practice of clinical psychology, both autonomously and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. During your clinical practicum in a community-based setting, you will continue to develop your knowledge and skills to formulate and share case conceptualisations and intervention plans.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: PSYC22005 Clinic Team III.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Professional Practice Placement
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Reflective Practice Assignment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Presentation
Weighting: Pass/Fail
4. Case Study
Weighting: Pass/Fail
5. Practical Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback via Moodle 'Have your Say'.

Feedback

Students disliked the viva assessment task but also stated they thought it was important to their learning. Students noted that the viva feedback would have been more useful if delivered earlier, either mid-year or in the Residential School. Students thought having this feedback earlier would have allowed them to implement changes through the reflective practice process

Recommendation

Investigate possibilities for changing timeframe of Vivas so that students do this earlier in the term or in the Residential School for this unit.

Feedback from Student feedback via Moodle 'Have your Say'.

Feedback

Students enjoyed the class format of lectures on practical aspects of clinical psychology, such as the Mental Health Act and Registrar program, group supervision and student case presentations.

Recommendation

Continue with the class format of lectures, group supervision and student case presentations.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Perform clinical psychology assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and associated activities in a community-based clinical setting
  2. Apply ethical decision making in clinical psychological practice
  3. Communicate effectively and professionally with clients, specialist and nonspecialist audiences
  4. Critically reflect on knowledge, skills, and ability to independently provide professional clinical psychology services in a community-based setting.

The Learning Outcomes link with the Master of Clinical Psychology course Learning Outcomes: 1 ( Apply culturally-sensitive advanced knowledge of psychological theories of the aetiology, presentation, and progression of psychological disorders across the lifespan and relevant international taxonomies of classification of psychological disorders), 2 (Apply advanced knowledge of psychological developmental and biopsychosocial models of health), 3 (Conduct culturally responsive assessment of psychological disorders), and 4 (Implement culturally-responsive, evidence-based, clinical psychology interventions). The Learning Outcomes are designed to meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) standards for Clinical Psychology courses, in particular, Clinical Psychology guidelines 4.2.1, 4.2.2, and 4.2.3.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 0%
3 - Presentation - 0%
4 - Case Study - 0%
5 - Practical Assessment - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 0%
3 - Presentation - 0%
4 - Case Study - 0%
5 - Practical Assessment - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5®), Fifth Edition 5 (2013)

Authors: American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association
USA
ISBN: 978-0-89042-555-8
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper text, you can purchase one at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Claire Thompson Unit Coordinator
c.l.thompson@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 - Unit Requirements and Assessment Tasks Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

  • Details of the Unit requirements including discussion of Assessment Tasks and expectations.
  • Group supervision associated with the commencement of Term 2 placements.

Chapter

  • No reading required.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 1 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle after class. 
Week 2 - Case Presentation by Lecturer Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

  • Group supervision based on external placement experiences.
  • Case presentation by the lecturer, with class discussion.
  • A group discussion of the Case Presentation process.

Chapter

  • There is no specific reading set for this week, but students.should have a copy of DSM-5 available for use in class.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 2 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle.
Week 3 - National practice standards for the mental health workforce; Presentation 1 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

  • Group supervision based on external placement experiences.
  • A group discussion of the National Standards in Mental Health Services.
  • 1 student case presentation that each includes at least one published article/chapter that is relevant to the case.

Chapter

  • The National Standards document will be on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 3 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle.
  • Students must upload their case study readings one week in advance to Moodle. All students read these in time for Clinic Team IV class.
  • Students giving their presentation will discuss the reading with the class to highlight it's relevance and provide a summary of the findings/conclusions.
Week 4 - Recovery models; Presentation 2 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

  • Group supervision based on external placement experiences.
  • 1 student case presentation that each includes at least one published article/chapter that is relevant to the case.

Chapter

  • One or two readings are to be provided by the student that are relevant to their case being presented to the class this week. 
  • Recovery-related readings will be available via Moodle.


Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Week 4 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle.
  • Students must upload their case study readings one week in advance to Moodle. All students must read or download these for Clinic Team IV class.
  • Students giving their presentation will discuss the reading with the class to highlight it's relevance and provide a summary of the findings/conclusions.
Week 5 - Cultural Perspectives; Presentation 3 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

    • Group supervision based on external placement experiences.
    • Group discussion of mutli-cultural perspectives in clinical psychology.
    • 1 student case presentation that each includes at least one published article/chapter that is relevant to the case.

    Chapter

    • One or two readings are to be provided by the student that are relevant to their case being presented to the class this week.
    • Readings relating to cultural perspectives in clinical psychology will be available via Moodle.

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Week 5 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle.
    • Students must upload their case study readings one week in advance to Moodle. All students must read it for discussion in time for Clinic Team IV class.
    • Students giving their presentation will discuss the reading with the class to highlight it's relevance and provide a summary of the findings/conclusions.
    Mid-Term Break Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    • No classes this week.
    • Students may continue in placements by negotiation with the placement site supervisor.

    Chapter

    • No readings this week.

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Week 6 - Residential School Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    • The Residential School will be all day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    • The Residential School may include off-campus activities, so students should be prepared for local travel.

    Chapter

    • There are no set readings, however, it is recommended that students revise the psychopharmacology workshop.

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Week 6 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle. 
    • The Psychopharmacology quiz should be uploaded to Moodle.
    Week 7 - Career Planning; Presentation 4 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Group supervision based on external placement experiences.
    • Discussion of career planning for psychologists.

    Chapter

    • APA website: https://www.apa.org/education/grad/individual-development-plan

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Wk 7 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle. 
    Week 8 - Presentation 5; Psychology Registration & the Registrar Program Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Group supervision based on external placement experiences.
    • Group discussion - Requirements for registration as a psychologist and the Registrar program.  
    • 1 student case presentation that each includes at least one published article/chapter that is relevant to the case.

    Chapter

    • We will look at the requirements of the Clinical Registrar program. Students should explore the Psychology Board of Australia website prior to class.
    • One or two readings are to be provided by the student that are relevant to their case being presented to the class this week.

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Week 8 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle.
    • Students must upload their case study readings one week in advance to Moodle. All students must read it in time for Clinic Team IV class.
    • Students giving their presentation will discuss the reading with the class to highlight it's relevance and provide a summary of the findings/conclusions.
    Week 9 - Presentation 6; Private Practice. Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Group supervision based on external placement experiences.
    • Group discussion about setting up a private practice.
    • 1 student case presentation that each includes at least one published article/chapter that is relevant to the case.

    Chapter

      • One or two readings are to be provided by the student that are relevant to their case being presented to the class this week.
      • Students should explore the Australian Psychological Society website resources for private practice.

      Events and Submissions/Topic

      • Week 9 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle.
      • Students must upload their case study readings one week in advance to Moodle. All students must read  it in time for Clinic Team IV class.
      • Students giving their presentation will discuss the reading with the class to highlight it's relevance and provide a summary of the findings/conclusions.
      Week 10 - Presentation 7; Discussion topic to be decided by Students Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

      Module/Topic

      • Group supervision based on external placement experiences.
      • 1 student case presentation that each includes at least one published article/chapter that is relevant to the case.
      • The class topic for week 10 will be decided in advance by the class.

      Chapter

      • Readings will be available on Moodle.
      • One or two readings are to be provided by the student that are relevant to their case being presented to the class this week.

      Events and Submissions/Topic

      • Week 10 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle.
      • Students must upload their case study readings one week in advance to Moodle. All students must read it in time for Clinic Team IV class.
      • Students giving their presentation will discuss the reading with the class to highlight it's relevance and provide a summary of the findings/conclusions.
      Week 11 - Viva discussion; Presentation 8 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

      Module/Topic

      • Group supervision based on external placement experiences.
      • Links to the viva assessment will be highlighted through students interacting with the presenter of the case to promote differential diagnoses that may have not been considered; to ensure adequate risk assessment; and discuss the treatment plan that the student group thinks might be therapeutic interventions that the presenting student has not considered.  

      Chapter

      • Samples of viva documents will be on Moodle.

      Events and Submissions/Topic

      • Week 11 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle.

      Week 12 - The Last Lecture Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

      Module/Topic

      • Final group supervision, providing opportunities to reflect on clinical placement experiences. 
      • A presentation by the Lecturer on a topic chosen by the class.

      Chapter


      Events and Submissions/Topic

      • Week 12 Reflection to be uploaded to Moodle.

      Written Case Study Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 4:00 pm AEST
      Week 13 - Vivas Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

      Module/Topic

      • Viva will consist of a client case vignette and role-play followed by an oral presentation of psychological formulation, assessment, diagnostic considerations, treatment plan, and professional recommendations.
      • Students should plan to be available on campus for the full week. Each student will individually attend a three-hour viva session.

      Chapter

      • Whilst there are no specific readings for the viva, it is expected that the student has a sound knowledge of interviewing and counselling skills; the DSM-5 diagnostic framework and the process of differential diagnosis; the APS code of ethics; how to write a case formulation that follows a specific model; which psychometric testing is appropriate; how to write a treatment plan that is evidence-based; and how to conduct a risk assessment.

      Events and Submissions/Topic

      • This is an oral viva. Two assessors will be assigned to assess student vivas by the Head of Course. Oral only feedback will be provided to students immediately after the viva presentation. It is a pass or fail assessment task, with one opportunity to complete a re-sit if required at the discretion of the assessors.
      • Each student will attend for a half-day viva session.
      • Students may be required to do a re-sit viva, so they should plan to be available for the full week.

      Professional Practice Placement Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (15 Oct 2021) 4:00 pm AEST
      Viva Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (15 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
      Assessment Tasks

      1 Professional Practice Placement

      Assessment Title
      Professional Practice Placement

      Task Description

      This assessment task requires you to successfully complete all placement requirements and to upload your Mid-Placement Review form, End of Placement Review form and supervision records for this placement, as well as your complete logbook for your 1000 hours of placement activity over the four Clinic Team units of the Master of Clinical Psychology course. All forms must be fully signed as indicated on the forms.


      Assessment Due Date

      Review/Exam Week Friday (15 Oct 2021) 4:00 pm AEST

      All forms must be uploaded to the correct dropboxes on Moodle.


      Return Date to Students

      Via Moodle.


      Weighting
      Pass/Fail

      Minimum mark or grade
      Pass

      Assessment Criteria

      • The forms must all be correctly completed and signed where required by the student, their supervisors, and the Placement Coordinator. The End of Placement Review form must indicate satisfactory performance in all competencies.
      • The logbook should show all records for the placements and a summary of client hours, supervision hours, and total hours of placement.


      Referencing Style

      Submission
      Online

      Submission Instructions
      Via Moodle

      Learning Outcomes Assessed
      • Perform clinical psychology assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and associated activities in a community-based clinical setting


      Graduate Attributes
      • Knowledge
      • Communication
      • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
      • Self-management
      • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

      2 Reflective Practice Assignment

      Assessment Title
      Reflective Journal

      Task Description

      There will be 12 drop boxes for the 12 reflective journal entries to be submitted each week. The journal entries should be reflections on your placement and supervision experiences and how these influence your development as a clinical psychologist.


      Assessment Due Date

      Weekly submissions via Moodle.


      Return Date to Students

      Feedback will be provided via Moodle.


      Weighting
      Pass/Fail

      Minimum mark or grade
      Pass

      Assessment Criteria

      • The journal entries need to be a serious attempt at reflection. They are not an academic document. They should be about your own experiences, not about material you have read (unless something has had a profound effect on you).
      • References are not required for the reflective journal entries, but if you do choose to use references, they must be in APA format.


      Referencing Style

      Submission
      Online

      Submission Instructions
      Via Moodle

      Learning Outcomes Assessed
      • Apply ethical decision making in clinical psychological practice
      • Critically reflect on knowledge, skills, and ability to independently provide professional clinical psychology services in a community-based setting.


      Graduate Attributes
      • Knowledge
      • Self-management
      • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

      3 Presentation

      Assessment Title
      Case Presentation

      Task Description

      Each student will do a presentation in class. The presentation should be a client that you have seen in the current placement. It must include intake information and may include further information from subsequent sessions with the client. You should guide the class in doing a 5P formulation as part of your presentation, then present a differential diagnosis and a plan or report of further assessment and/or intervention after the intake process. You should plan for around 45 minutes for the presentation, group 5Ps, and discussion.


      Assessment Due Date

      Present in class, then upload to Moodle.


      Return Date to Students

      Week 12 Monday (4 Oct 2021)

      Via Moodle.


      Weighting
      Pass/Fail

      Minimum mark or grade
      Pass

      Assessment Criteria

      • The presentation must be a client that you have seen in the current placement.
      • It must include intake information and may include further information from subsequent sessions with the client.
      • It should consider ethical issues including risk assessment if required.
      • The in-class presentation must include guiding the class in doing a 5P formulation, and then present a differential diagnosis.
      • It must include a plan or report of further assessment and/or intervention after the intake process.
      • It should engage the class in discussion.
      • It should take around 45 minutes for the presentation, group 5Ps, and discussion.


      Referencing Style

      Submission
      Offline Online

      Submission Instructions
      In class and then via Moodle.

      Learning Outcomes Assessed
      • Communicate effectively and professionally with clients, specialist and nonspecialist audiences


      Graduate Attributes
      • Communication
      • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
      • Leadership

      4 Case Study

      Assessment Title
      Written Case Study

      Task Description

      A written clinical Case Study Report of a client you have seen, written according to the guidelines discussed in class and available on Moodle. The report must be deidentified and signed by your supervisor.


      Assessment Due Date

      Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 4:00 pm AEST

      Via Moodle.


      Return Date to Students

      Via Moodle.


      Weighting
      Pass/Fail

      Minimum mark or grade
      Pass

      Assessment Criteria

      • The report must follow the guidelines discussed in class and available on Moodle.
      • It must be a report of a client you have seen in your current placement.
      • It must include all relevant intake and assessment information.
      • It must include a formulation, differential diagnosis, and intervention plan.
      • It must include some critical reflcetion on the student's own performance.


      Referencing Style

      Submission
      Online

      Submission Instructions
      Via Moodle.

      Learning Outcomes Assessed
      • Communicate effectively and professionally with clients, specialist and nonspecialist audiences
      • Critically reflect on knowledge, skills, and ability to independently provide professional clinical psychology services in a community-based setting.


      Graduate Attributes
      • Knowledge
      • Communication
      • Self-management
      • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

      5 Practical Assessment

      Assessment Title
      Viva

      Task Description

      The viva clinical assessment is held individually in week 13. It involves seeing a simulated client for an assessment interview and then presenting your intake with a formulation, diagnosis and plan. The class will have a viva preparation workshop before the vivas are held.


      Assessment Due Date

      Review/Exam Week Friday (15 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

      Individual appointment times in Week 13. The presentation is uploaded to Moodle afterwards.


      Return Date to Students

      Verbal feedback will be given in the viva meeting. Written feedback will be available via Moodle.


      Weighting
      Pass/Fail

      Minimum mark or grade
      Pass. Any student who does not pass may be offered an opportunity to do a full or partial resit. Any student who does not pass after a resit will be required to do some additional training and resit the viva.

      Assessment Criteria

      • The student must conduct a satisfactory assessment interview, including obtaining sufficient relevant information and forming a therapeutic relationship with the client.
      • The interview must consider any relevant professional or ethical issues.
      • The presentation must be of a satisfactory standard and include a formulation, differential diagnosis and a plan for further assessment or intervention.
      • The student must be able to answer questions posed by the viva assessment panel.
      • The presentation must be uploaded to Moodle after the viva assessment.


      Referencing Style

      Submission
      Offline Online

      Submission Instructions
      Individual assessment appointment and upload to Moodle.

      Learning Outcomes Assessed
      • Perform clinical psychology assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and associated activities in a community-based clinical setting
      • Apply ethical decision making in clinical psychological practice


      Graduate Attributes
      • Knowledge
      • Communication
      • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
      • Self-management
      • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

      Academic Integrity Statement

      As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

      Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

      When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

      Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

      As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

      What is a breach of academic integrity?

      A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

      Why is academic integrity important?

      A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

      Where can I get assistance?

      For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

      What can you do to act with integrity?