PSYC22006 - Clinic Team IV

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


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

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Term 2 - 2023 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. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
3. Presentation 0%
4. Case Study 0%
5. Practical Assessment 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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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 via Moodle 'Have your Say'.
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
Investigate possibilities for changing timeframe of Vivas so that students do this earlier in the term or in the Residential School for this unit.
Action Taken
All classes and the Residential School were held online in 2021 due to COVID-related restrictions, so Vivas could not be held earlier. Planning for 2022 includes the option to do the Viva earlier in the term. This would also allow any resits to be done by the end of term if these are required.
Source: Student feedback via Moodle 'Have your Say'.
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.
Continue with the class format of lectures, group supervision and student case presentations.
Action Taken
The class format of lectures, group supervision, and case presentations was continued in 2021.
Source: Student feedback
Students felt less engaged in the unit due to all classes and the Residential School being held online.
In 2022, classes will return to being on campus where this is feasible and class learning activities will be revised to be more engaging where classes are held online.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Students thought some of the lecture topics could be condensed to allow more time for discussion.
The list of lecture topics and learning activities for this unit will be reviewed and updated where possible to increase student engagement and discussion time.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Presentation
4 - Case Study
5 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
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