PSYC21007 - Clinical Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Clinical Practice 1 is the first in a series of clinical practice units. This unit is designed 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. By the completion of Clinical Practice 1, it is expected that you will achieve competencies including the application of knowledge to practice; awareness of ethical decision making; competency in cognitive-learning assessments and evidence-based interventions with a narrow range of clients at low severity levels; respectful and timely communication; and capacity to critically self-reflect on your practice.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisites: PSYC20058 and PSYC21001

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Professional Practice Placement 0%
2. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) 0%
3. Online Test 0%
4. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
5. Presentation 0%
6. Case Study 0%

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.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 33.33% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback comments.
There is a lot of content to cover in this unit.
Review content of this unit with a view to structuring the delivery of content on clinical placement days as well as in the weekly scheduled class time.
Action Taken
The content of the unit was reviewed, to reduce the intensive teaching for this unit from 4 to 3 weeks at the beginning of the term. Some of the content was included in the weekly scheduled classes with PSYC20056.
Source: Student feedback comments.
Staff were generally very supportive of the learning experiences, and support from staff/supervisors/lecturers was generally of a very high standard. They really worked hard to create a safe learning environment and I believe overall, they did so successfully.
Continue to provide supervision and support to students.
Action Taken
The supervisory team has continued to provide high-quality supervision and support to students, both in class time and across the placement.
Source: Student feedback comments
The feedback provided from supervisors about sessions they were monitoring was generally very specific, constructive, useful and professional.
Continue to do direct observation of students' clinical work and to provide immediate feedback based on these observations.
Action Taken
The role of the site supervisor, who can directly observe student work and provide same-day feedback, was continued.
Source: Student Feedback
One student commented that they would like a lecture on report writing
Refer students to the lecture on report writing in PSYC21001 - Assessment 1, which is a co-requisite for PSYC21007.
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback - Email and in-class Feedback
Some assessments required clarification and adjustments, in particular, assessment of supervision and placement activity hours, when SONIA (Work Integrated Learning system) stopped working.
Simplify the process for recording hours and record of supervision, and have one consistent process across the term.
Action Taken
Source: In-Class Feedback.
There was insufficient time for discussion and learning in group supervision.
Move group supervision back to a teaching (rather than clinic) day, so that students have more time to discuss their clinical work in group supervision.
Action Taken
Source: In-Class Feedback
The relevance of the research assignment did not fit with the practice-based focus of this unit.
Remove the research assignment from this unit.
Action Taken
Source: In-Class Feedback Email
Several students reported having issues with light sensitivity (i.e., experiencing headaches and fatigue) due to the fluorescent lighting in the booked room.
Book teaching and group supervision spaces with natural light and/or replace the existing lighting with alternatives that do not adversely affect students with light sensitivity.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Perform psychology assessments, interventions and associated activities to demonstrate competencies required for clinical practice.
  2. Evaluate and apply relevant legislation and ethical principles related to psychological practice, including those endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia.
  3. Communicate effectively and professionally with clients, specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  4. Reflect critically on knowledge, skills and ability to provide psychological services.
  5. Critically evaluate the contemporary scientific literature to develop an appropriate plan for evidence-based practice.

This unit forms part of the Master of Clinical Psychology course which is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council. This unit addresses the following competencies:

3.1 Demonstrate successful (prior or concurrent) achievement of pre-professional competencies.

3.10 Demonstrate respect for the skills and contributions of other professionals.

3.11 Work effectively with a range of professional and support staff in the workplace and communicate and collaborate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements.

3.12 Operate within the boundaries of their professional competence, consult with peers or other relevant sources where appropriate, and refer on to relevant other practitioners where appropriate.

3.13 Rigorously apply professional practice policies and procedures, including as they relate to referral management and record-keeping, across a range of workplace settings and with recognition of different organisational cultures and practices.

3.14 Engage in self-reflective professional practice, taking account of the impact of their own values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result.

3.15 Evaluate the effectiveness of their professional practice, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed.

3.16 Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
3 - Online Test
4 - Reflective Practice Assignment
5 - Presentation
6 - Case Study
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8