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PSY8150 Practicum 3

Semester 3, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Practicum 3
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Elizabeth Goadby


Pre-requisite: PSY8140 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPHD or MPCL


The third practicum course is designed to provide students with an opportunity for independent practice with supervision within their respective discipline specialisation that is commensurate with the level of performance of a competent and highly professional Psychologist.


Assessment of the student's evaluations and skill development in Practicums 1 and 2 will determine areas within which the student is capable of independent practice within a structured setting. Students who have interests in areas where they have not had the opportunity to train will be able to address some of their time to that area if an appropriate setting is available. However, the primary goal is to prepare the student for entry into the psychology profession.


At the end of the practicum, students will be able to demonstrate many competencies identified in the APS Competencies for Psychologists (1996): case formulation, assessment, intervention, service implementation, professional legal and ethical principles, communication and professional and community relations in a clinical context. Actual content of the Practicum will include skills as identified in the respective College Competency document. Specifically students will be able to:

  1. formulate questions to guide assessment and intervention;
  2. plan, conduct, and evaluate assessment case studies at individual, group and organisational levels;
  3. plan, conduct and evaluate intervention case studies at individual, group and organisational levels;
  4. demonstrate a working knowledge of the role of psychological assessments and interventions within a multidisciplinary team;
  5. construct and present individual and organisational reports in oral and written formats appropriate to the setting;
  6. demonstrate insightful self-analysis of clinical intervention expertise.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Specific goals for assessment and intervention skills to be arranged between student and supervisors. See Practicum Guidelines. Details of the Critical Case Review requirements are available from the Course Examiner. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bramston, P 2008, Practicum contract plan: review forms, USQ Psychology Department, Toowoomba.
The Australian Psychological Society Ltd 2007, Code of ethics, Rev edn, The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, Carlton South, Victoria.
The Australian Psychological Society Ltd 2014, Ethical guidelines, 12th edn, The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, Carlton South, Victoria.
Directed reading as assigned and recorded in the Goals and Objectives Form. Students will consult relevant Psychological Journals.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Practical Experience 330.00
Supervisor Consultation 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
MID-PRACTICUM INTERVIEW 1 25 02 Jan 2020 (see note 1)
Final two case studies and ref 1 25 13 Feb 2020
Final-Practicum Evaluation 1 50 13 Feb 2020 (see note 2)

  1. Due date is to be advised by Examiner.
  2. Due date is to be advised by Examiner.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as practicum seminars and supervisor consultations) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To obtain a satisfactory standard on the final placement evaluation of the University and setting supervisors, the student must submit and achieve 100% of the available marks for all of the assessment criteria which are predicated on the Goals and Objectives Form and indicated on the Practicum Evaluation Form.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To receive a passing grade in this course students must complete the required hours of Practical Experience as organized by the Psychology Practicum Coordinator, submit each assessment item and achieve 100% of the marks available for all assessment items.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade as in Assessment 4 will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade if they do not achieve the goals stated in the Practicum Booklet (referred to in Assessment Note 10) or an incomplete grade. Students who fail the Practicum cannot continue in the Program.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. At the start of the Practicum a contract will be drawn up between the on-campus supervisor, the setting supervisor and the student regarding supervisory and placement requirements.

  2. Specific goals for the practicum will be completed in each competency areas by the setting supervisor and the student within completion of the first 80 hours of practicum. Goals are to make specific reference to assessment, intervention, and professional competencies listed by the appropriate APS College and the Psychologists Board of Queensland.

  3. A record of all practicum activity hours and supervision must be maintained by students in log books (see Practicum Guidelines Booklet for details).

  4. Written reports and assignments will be as designated in the Goals form.

  5. Supervision meetings will be held with setting and academic supervisors as specified in the Practicum Contract.

  6. Assessment 1 is a Mid-Practicum Interview with Supervisors in the setting to determine the student's progress.

  7. Assessment 2 is a Final Practicum Evaluation from the setting supervisor based on predetermined criteria for each practicum goal.

  8. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of a practicum in extenuating circumstances.

  9. Students will require access to email and internet access to UConnect for this course.

  10. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  11. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

  12. There is no LP (Low Pass) in any psychology core courses as these courses are exempt from awarding the LP grade.