Course Title: Specialist Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Specialist Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Imogen Rehm & Dr Lisa Soares

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7341

Course Coordinator Email: &

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.306

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge 


Course Description

Specialist Psychological Practice 2 is designed to further extend your theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge and skills as well as to expand your experience in integrating ethical and controversial issues into clinical decision-making and practice.
During this course you will focus on the following areas

  • Advanced Professional Issues
  • Specialist Clinical Intervention

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On the successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the empirical research literature pertaining to Mindfulness and demonstrate an understanding of the principles underlying Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioural therapies.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal process and an ability to undertake the role of an expert witness within a judicial (Moot Court) setting.
  3. Critically evaluate and discuss current issues in professional practice identifying the need to integrate professional and ethical standards in  decision making about professional practice in private settings.
  4. Develop skills in assessing and determining clients’ suitability for mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioural interventions and develop and evaluate  a mindfulness and acceptance-based formulation, and treatment plan.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities include a mixture of lectures/ seminars, tutorials and skill development activities. Lectures 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
The skill development activities will support your entry into Professional Psychological practice.
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 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 assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Your diagnostic and formative assessments will take the form of tests, assignments and practice based exercises. Your summative assessment may include formal examinations and practical evaluations.
Assessments may also include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.
For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:
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: