School Of Psychology

Clinic Placement AWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101815.4

Discipline: PSYCHOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Karen Moses

Assumed Knowledge
Theoretical knowledge and skills of ethical professional practice, psychopathology, and psychological interventions.

101810 Core Skills and Ethical Practice AND 102400 Assessment: Cognitive Functions AND 101812 Clinical Psychopathology 1 AND 101213 Psychological Interventions 1

101210 Child Clinical Psychology

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 1812 Master of Clinical Psychology.

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2020 2H  Yes  Penrith Campus - DAY  See Coordinator above   Timetable.   Print Unit Outline*
2021 2H  Yes  Penrith Campus - DAY  See Coordinator above   Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This introductory placement unit comprises 165 hours of placement activity accrued one-day a week over 22 weeks and is designed to allow students to apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained in the following coursework units, Core Skills & Ethical Practice; Psychological Assessment; Clinical Psychopathology 1 and Psychological Interventions 1. The aim of the unit is to establish and enhance, under close supervision, a range of clinical psychology assessment and intervention skills applied to real clients. Regular and systematic video-recording of trainee-client sessions and supervisor feedback guided by competency-based principles provide trainees with an excellent opportunity to acquire, consolidate and generalise a wide range of competencies important for clinical psychology practice.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

All Students

To be eligible to enrol in a unit and attend a health-related placement in your course, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements AND Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first year of study against the following

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit


International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire course.

3. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course.

4. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form

5.Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool, annual influenza vaccination).

6. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested.

Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website


Students must meet ALL of the special requirements stipulated by NSW Health and Psychology Board of Australia. At present, these include: (i) A Police Clearance Certificate following a National Criminal History Check, (ii) A clearance certificate from the NSW government following a “Working with Children Check,” (iii) Child Protection Training, (iv) Registration as a Provisional Psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia.

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