PSY6205 - Introductory placement and case analysis (clinical psychology) - 2018

0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr James Courtney
Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis


Dr James Courtney
Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


This unit supports the first step towards clinical practice for students in their roles as provisionally registered psychologists. Conducted at the Monash Psychology Centre (MPC), students will manage individual outpatient caseloads under close supervision. Clinical presentations at the MPC include issues drawn from across the lifespan, as well as assessment and associated report writing. Attendance at specified clinical meetings and group supervision is also required. Students will also observe oral case presentations given by experienced clinicians and other students. They will be exposed to a variety of different presentation styles designed to cater for specific audiences and will learn to evaluate case material in an objective and critical manner. They will participate in discussions of clinical issues and recent developments in the field of Clinical Psychology and will be challenged to remain informed about such developments and issues.


On completion of this unit, students will be:

  1. Expected to have gained an appreciation of the role of a psychologist in clinical practice, and to have an understanding of the delivery of a professional service to patients/clients and other parties;
  2. To have acquired an understanding of the context of the delivery of psychological services and the particular function this serves to the individual and the broader community;
  3. To have developed an appreciation of the competing demands on service delivery and the range of issues that can impact on clinical practice;
  4. Expected to become proficient in establishing rapport with patients, administering, scoring and interpreting a range of formal assessment instruments, and then integrating this information with other clinical data to inform diagnoses, treatment planning and written reports;
  5. Expected to have developed an initial understanding of the functioning of a multi-disciplinary team and the role of its various members;
  6. Confidently present case presentations;
  7. Formulate hypotheses, conduct semi-structured clinical interviews, select appropriate tests, integrate and interpret findings to respond to referral questions and formulate a treatment plan for a variety of clinical psychological referrals.


Clinical OSCE 1 (Hurdle Requirement)

Placement Contract (Hurdle Requirement)

Mid-Placement Review (Hurdle Requirement)

End-placement review (Hurdle Requirement)

Clinical logbook (Hurdle Requirement)

Class Contribution (Hurdle Requirement)

Case Presentation (Hurdle Requirement)

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