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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lillian Nejad / Dr Adam McKay


The DPsych program has established a network of placements in a variety of settings within which students can receive appropriate practica training. The practica coordinator and staff at the agency arrange the placements. Student preferences, practica availability and student training needs are taken account of in this process. Which agency and supervisor, number of days for the practica and also the commencement and completion dates are specified. Students are not permitted to negotiate their own practica or change any practica arrangements without first obtaining approval from the University Practica Coordinator.


On completion of the intermediate practicum, students should have:

  1. developed skill and confidence in applying their theoretical knowledge to the psychological treatment of individuals with relatively uncomplicated emotional and/or behavioural problems and to the assessment of treatment outcomes;
  2. developed an awareness of the intricacy of the therapeutic relationship and of the contribution of their personal qualities to it. Their contribution to service delivery should reflect the principles of best practice and their role within an agency should be equivalent to that of a junior employee.
  3. the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of the agency's role in service delivery and to service delivery and to independently contribute to the development of strategies for improved service delivery.


The student's performance at each practica is graded pass or fail. The grade is determined by the DPsych Board of Studies at the completion of each practicum. Satisfactory completion of a practica requires that the student has both performed satisfactorily in the practica and that all documentation in relation to the practica has been signed and returned to the Practica Coordinator at the University. For further details about practica requirements and expectations of students, please see the document entitled Practica Report - a copy of which is available in the appendix of this handbook. Students are advised to familiarise themselves with this document prior to commencing any practica. Further detailed advice on practica requirements will be provided to students prior to commencing the first practica.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Lillian Nejad