Course Title: External Practicum 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: External Practicum 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1276

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

BESC1326

Bundoora Campus

Research

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

Course Coordinator: Prof Gerard Kennedy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7457

Course Coordinator Email: gerard.kennedy@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.3.13


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed the following courses:

  • BESC1461: Foundations in Psychological Practice 1
  • BESC1462: Foundations in Psychological Practice 2
  • BESC1459:  Psychological Assessment and Intervention 1
  • BESC1460:  Psychological Assessment and Intervention 2
  • BESC1242: Internal Psychology Practicum 1
  • BESC1250: Internal Psychology Practicum 2
  • BESC1340: External Psychology Practicum 1

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these 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 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.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

External Psychology Practicum 2 is undertaken in Semester 2 of the second year of the Master of Psychology program. External Psychology Practicum 2 is designed to enable you to consolidate and expand your clinical psychology skills and therapeutic techniques with clients in an external setting.
Placements are allocated in line with the accreditation guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit for further advice. 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.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of, and adherence to, the clinical and professional procedures of an external clinical agency/institution.
  • work collegiately and effectively within the multidisciplinary team of an external clinical agency/institution.
  • systematically evaluate all psychological interventions using an N=1 methodology.
  • perform to a professional standard across the range of clinical competencies, as specified in a Placement Agency performance contract.
  • reflect on your professional practice with a view to continuous quality improvement.


Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes:

  • PLO2: 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: demonstrated 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: demonstrated 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.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities include a mixture of seminars, tutorials and skill development activities. Seminars will build on your knowledge gained in your program and will provide a solid theoretical and practice driven basis to help you to achieve professional practice
Tutorials are used to explore your critical analysis and clinical thinking.
The skill development activities will support your entry into professional psychological practice.  During this course you will be required to undertake a minimum period of 60 working days in an external psychology setting, as arranged by the Psychology Discipline in the School of Health Sciences.
You will be expected to read widely the academic literature related to your areas of study.


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. Lecture material may utilise a variety of available technologies including Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. 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

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative performance assessment.

It is a requirement of this course that you undertake a minimum of 60 working days of clinical placement.

Your assessments will be undertaken over this time using an industry wide External Placement Evaluation protocol.

For information on grades used in RMIT courses see: www.rmit.edu.au/students/grading/highered

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment