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PSY8140 Psychology Practicum 3

Semester 3, 2021 External
Short Description: Psychology 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
Version produced : 16 June 2021


Examiner: Nikki Gunatilake


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in MCPA or Students must be enrolled in MCPS and have completed PSY5130 and PSY5230


To practise with a level of expertise required by a Clinical psychologist, psychologists must be able to understand and critically apply psychological models and practice to specific fields. This practicum builds on the generalist skills and knowledge acquired in earlier practicum courses to develop skills specific to the area of Clinical Psychology. It is anticipated that students will be capable of more independent work at this stage in their training and will self-manage the mandatory requirements for practice and supervision log books and placement reviews.


This practicum course provides students with a structured situation in which to develop knowledge and skills within the Clinical psychology field. The level of independent practice and the application to specialist areas challenges the student to broaden and diversify beyond their responsibilities in the first placement.


At the end of the practicum, students will be able to demonstrate identified competencies: such as 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 Clinical College Competency standards (MPCL or DPCL) and Psychology Board of Australia registration competencies (MPPS). Specifically students will be able to:

  1. Apply case formulation, assessment, intervention, service implementation, professional legal and ethical principles, communication and professional and community relations to the Clinical Psychology context.
  2. Conduct high quality intake interviews;
  3. Formulate effective questions to guide further assessment and intervention;
  4. Conduct and evaluate assessment and intervention;
  5. Apply a working knowledge of the role of psychological interventions within an interprofessional context;
  6. construct and present case reports in oral and written formats;
  7. conduct insightful self-analysis of clinical intervention expertise.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Specific goals for assessment and intervention skills to be arranged between the student and his or her supervisors according to the opportunities afforded at the practicum site. See additional guidelines in the Practicum Handbook 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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The Australian Psychological Society Ltd 2007, Code of Ethics, Rev edn, The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, Carlton South, Victoria.
The Australian Psychological Society Ltd 2019, Ethical guidelines, 15th edn, The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, Carlton South, Victoria.

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.
Baird, B.N 2019, The internship, practicum and field placement handbook, 8th edn, Prentice-Hall, Upper Sadlle River, NJ.
Directed reading as assigned and recorded in the Goals and Objectives Form. Students will consult relevant Psychological Journals.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Case Studies 5.00
Practical Experience 375.00
Supervisor Consultation 25.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Mid-Practicum Interview 1 25 29 Dec 2021
Final Practicum Evaluation 1 75 11 Feb 2022

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as practicum seminars and group supervision) scheduled, 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 practicum evaluation of the University, students must 1) obtain a satisfactory rating on all of the assessment criteria on the Practicum Evaluation Form, and 2) students must submit to the Practicum Supervisor to mark, a written case study of a de-identified client assessed or treated in the practicum. For the mid practicum evaluation, students must submit and obtain a pass grade. The case study documentation should conform to the format for case studies as set out in the guidelines, and as mandated by the Psychology Board of Australia.

  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 the Practicum as organised by the psychology Practicum Coordinator, obtain a satisfactory standard on the Final Practicum Evaluation, have a written case study passed by the Practicum Coordinator, and achieve a passing grade on the mid placement evaluation. All courses in the MCPS and MCPGMCPA are approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), which requires that students pass all assessment items in all courses. Where a student fails the mid placement evaluation the student will be allowed one opportunity to re-submit their work following feedback from the course examiner. If a student fails the mid-placement evaluation a second time, he or she will be deemed to have failed the course and will be required to undertake the course again at its next offering. Where illness, bereavement, or circumstances of similar gravity affect a student’s ability to meet the high standards expected in the program, the student should meet with the course examiner or Director of Postgraduate Psychology programs to negotiate suitable management of the person’s individual needs.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for the course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade in item 4, above, 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 Handbook or an Incomplete grade. Students who have a repeated fail in 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. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of a practicum in extenuating circumstances.

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

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

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

  5. Assessment 2 includes a final practicum evaluation from the on-site placement supervisor, based on predetermined criteria for each practicum goal, AND a de-identified case study written to meet the Psychology Board of Australia’s mandated format, to be marked by the Practicum Coordinator.

  6. 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 practicum requirements.

  7. 7. Specific goals for the practicum will be completed in each competency areas by the setting supervisor and the student before the commencement of the practicum Goals are to make specific reference to assessment, intervention, and professional competencies listed by the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and the Psychologists Board of Australia

  8. Attendance at all activities scheduled (such as group supervision), unless otherwise arranged with the Practicum Coordinator, is strongly advised. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have the best chance to meet the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

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

  10. 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.

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

Date printed 16 June 2021