Course Title: Internal Practicum 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Internal Practicum 1

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Prasad Podugu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7722

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.062-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Internal Psychology Practicum 1 is designed as an introduction to therapeutic work in the RMIT Psychology Clinic. During this course you will undertake:

  • Case Conference 1
  • Individual client work in the RMIT Psychology Clinic I

Work Integrated Learning

Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program. At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice, the WIL/clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement. Work Integrated Learning: In this course you will be required to undertake placement as part of your assessment and you will need to meet a number of requirements in order to ensure that you are eligible for placement. Further details on each of these requirements are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check

There is no flexibility with these requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED. Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC002 Master of Clinical Psychology:

  • PLO 1: demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theories, models and scientific underpinning of professional psychological practice and its application across behavioural and organisational systems.
  • PLO 2: develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the legislative frameworks and ethical codes and guidelines that guide professional psychological practice at a personal and professional level.
  • PLO 4: demonstrate the ability to design, apply and evaluate appropriate evidence-based empirically-validated interventions individualised to the client’s diagnosis, case formulation, and personal or organisational characteristics.
  • PLO 6: demonstrate the ability to undertake effective communication across a range of individual and organisational contexts to engage clients and to convey, appraise and interpret information relevant to professional practice and the client population.

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Create and manage confidential client records in an ethical and professional manner.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of, and adherence to, the RMIT University Psychology Clinic procedures.
  3. Obtain informed consent from clients and conduct an initial assessment interview.
  4. Conduct an intellectual assessment and communicate the findings in a formal psychological report.
  5. Provide evidence of self-awareness of the level and limits of your clinical competency.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and skill development activities. Lectures will build on knowledge gained in the program and provide a solid theoretical and practice-driven basis to help to achieve professional practice proficiency.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48

Learner Directed Hours: 72

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Skill development activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Submission of a log of hours indicating completion of all aspects of casework, including a log of completion of required observation hours (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Demonstrated competence in the administration and scoring of the WISC, including submission of an audio-visual recording of its administration and an accompanying written summary report.

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Clinical competency of practice with clients as assessed against the Clinical Competencies Evaluation Checklist (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5