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PSY9152 Clinical Psychology Practicum Case Studies

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Clinical Psych Prac Case Stud
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: Leander Mitchell


Pre-requisite: PSY8130 and PSY8140
Co-requisite: PSY8150


One of the key skills and attributes of clinical psychologists is that they are able to integrate the skills of science and evaluation with clinical skills. This is known as the scientist-practitioner model and this model is embedded in both Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) guidelines. The APAC guidelines state that graduates from a clinical training program submit a portfolio of case studies. It is expected that these case studies come directly from the clinical work conducted over the three practica (PSY8130, PSY8140 and PSY8150).

To pass this course students are expected to submit four case studies of clients (may include one group program) which outlines clinical assessment, treatment planning, outcome evaluation, and reflection of clinical processes. Students are expected to evaluate clinical outcomes using qualitative and/or quantitative procedures, and utilise this information in their clinical reflection.


This course is a capstone course where students demonstrate Scientist-Practitioner skills by submitting a folio of four selected case studies of clients they has treated in their practica. Within the folio students demonstrate their research skills by utilising qualitative and/or quantitative data to demonstrate clinical outcomes. Students are also expected to utilise this data to assist with the planning of treatment and also utilise this information to reflect on clinical processes.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate clinical assessment skills by utilising clinical interview, collateral information and standardised psychological assessment tools
  2. report cases in a clear and concise manner
  3. utilise research skills to enhance practice including, review best practice literature and use of evaluation skills consistent with theory to guide practice
  4. demonstrate reflective practice by using qualitative and quantitative data to inform treatment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Case Study 1 25.00
2. Case Study 2 25.00
3. Case Study 3 25.00
4. Case Study 4 25.00

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.
Morrison, JR 2014, The first interview, 4th edn, Guilford Press, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 65.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 50.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Case Study 1 1 25 01 Aug 2019
Case Study 2 1 25 29 Aug 2019
Case Study 3 1 25 03 Oct 2019
Case Study 4 1 25 31 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  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 be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle)

  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 will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students 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. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Master of Psychology/PhD and is benchmarked against the [choose one or all of the following]
  • internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  • professional accreditation standards of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at