DPSY6399 - Specialised clinical practicum - 2017

0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences



Unit guides




HDR unit


The Specialised Clinical Practicum provides students with opportunity to directly contribute to service delivery by participating in the planning and provision of clinical psychological assessment and treatment to a range of individuals in a variety of settings. At this stage of their training students will be expected to carry a client load with minimal supervisory support. The location of the specialised practicum will be negotiated with individual students, taking into account their preferences and their need for specialised skill acquisition, but options include forensic settings, child and adolescent mental health services, psychiatry units of private and public hospitals, and specialised health services. The aim of the Specialised Clinical Practicum is for students to gain proficiency in their clinical psychology skills or to consolidate skills in specialist areas.


On completion of the unit students will be able to develop and deliver assessment and intervention strategies which reflect an understanding of the current knowledge of best practice in clinical psychology.

On completion of the unit students will be able to provide input at the organisational level.

On completion of the unit students will demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical psychological principles and how these are implemented within service delivery systems.

On completion of the unit students will understand fully the role of a clinical psychologist at an organisational level, and the contributions that a clinical psychologist makes to a service delivery system.

On completion of the unit students will be able to recognise when input from a senior member of staff is required and be able to seek out this input in a timely and professional manner.


Placement Contract (Hurdle)

Mid-placement Review (Hurdle)

Student Diary (Hurdle)

Student Case/Logbook (Hurdle)

Supervisor Logbook (Hurdle)

Final Student Assessment Report (Hurdle)

Final Supervisor Assessment Report (Hurdle)

2 Clinical Reports (50% each)

Workload requirements

16 hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


DPSY5299, DPSY6199, DPSY6299