PSYC622 - Practicum Skills
Mental illness is widespread in Australia and there is a pervasive need for the training and development of specialised professionals who are skilled at delivering safe, effective, and well validated mental health support. In order to provide effective psychological assessment and interventions on placements, provisional psychologists require a solid grounding in fundamental clinical skills that are critical to practicing safely and ethically with clients and developing their skills as clinicians. As such, this unit is designed to help provisional psychologists develop the professional competencies required during their supervised psychological practice.
Students will develop their professional knowledge and competence in foundational clinical skills including clinical interviewing, observing and recording behavioural observations, case formulation, risk assessment, record keeping, communicating with third parties and providing feedback to clients. There is a focus on skill acquisition within the context of diversity and cultural competence.
The aim of this unit is to provide students with the necessary clinical skills to support their client work during professional placements.