Course Title: Internal Practicum 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Internal Practicum 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Sophia Xenos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1081

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.050

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Internal Psychology Practicum 4 is designed to extend the skills and knowledge developed throughout the Master of Clinical Psychology program. During this course you will undertake the following:   

  • Case Conference 3
  • Individual client work in the RMIT Psychology Clinic


Work Integrated Learning:

In this course you will be required to undertake placement as part of your assessment. A number of requirements must be met to ensure your eligibility 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
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.

There is no flexibility with these requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure 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 following Program Learning Outcomes for MC002 Master of Clinical Psychology

  • 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 3: Design, analyse, synthesise and communicate information from a wide variety of psychological assessments and techniques appropriate to the developmental stage, cognitive level and cultural background of the client, and appropriate to the purpose of the assessment.
  • 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 5: Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of empirical investigation or inquiry as a scientist-practitioner, predicated on the principles of clinical psychological practice, with a variety of psychological phenomena or problems.
  • 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 you should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate a continued adherence to the RMIT University Psychology Clinic procedures.
  2. Competently deliver a structured, and formal, presentation about more complex client difficulties to a professional audience for both educational and help-seeking purposes.
  3. Demonstrate the capability to conduct clinical assessments and devise, implement, and evaluate an appropriate method of intervention for complex clinical presentations.  
  4. Deliver at short notice a brief presentation of the main aspects of a clinic case for the purpose of informing others and seeking ideas and help with difficult cases.
  5. Formulate hypotheses, develop appropriate intervention techniques, and develop evaluation procedures for measuring process and outcomes, for a given case.
  6. Identify major professional, ethical and best practice issues pertaining to each of your clients.
  7. Successfully communicate the findings of your assessment to a clinical supervisor and to the client.
  8. Further develop self-awareness of the level and limits of your clinical competency and learning needs.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include a combination 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 achieve professional practice competence. Tutorials will be used to explore your critical analysis and clinical thinking. The skill development activities will support entry into Professional Psychological practice. You will be expected to read widely across the academic literature related to the area of study.

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.  Material chosen may be digitally available to you on Canvas. Skill development activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide resources and tools for learning in this course through its 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: Case Presentation

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 2: Log of Clinic Hours (Hurdle)

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 3: Competency Assessment of DVD Client Work (Hurdle)

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 5, 7 & 8