PSYC21007 - Clinic Team I
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The Clinic Team 1 unit is the initial internship training unit for the Master in Clinical Psychology Course. The learning outcomes across the domains of both knowledge and skill development align with the core capabilities of accreditation standards of the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council. The unit focuses on the integration of psychological knowledge and skills within a supervised practice learning environment.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CG17

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
2. Practical Assessment Pass/Fail
3. Presentation and Written Assessment Pass/Fail

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students found the change in head of program, lecturer, and cllinical supervisors mid-term to be disruptive. Students To have consistent program staff place for the duration of the term.
Students found it challenging to do the initial intake phone calls for client appointments. Students/Staff Process for intake has changed for intake. The Director and Admin manage the initial intake process, and students commence with accepted referrals on the waitlist. .
Students have requested more focus on case work in group supervison, rather the operational issues. Students participating in first group session for Clinic Team II Each week in group supervision, students to present and discuss their case work.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe key areas of professional practice.
  2. Administer clinical interviews using techniques of non-directive therapeutic practice.
  3. Develop case formulations from a cognitive behavioural framework.
  4. Describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of both individual and group Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
  5. Conduct, interpret and report on a cognitive assessment.

This unit is one of a series of units that will prepare you to become registered as a clinical psychologist in Australia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills      
4. Research        
5. Self-management  
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

Clinical Interviewing
Author/s: Sommers-Flanagan and Sommers-Flanagan Year: 2015
Edition: 6th edition (June 29, 2015) Publisher: Wiley
City: New Jersey
Country: USA
APS Code of Ethics
Author/s: Australian Psychological Society Year: 2013
Edition: Publisher: APS
City: Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision
Author/s: Carol A. Falender, Edward Shafranske Year: 2011
Edition: Edition 1 Publisher: American Psychological Association
Country: United States
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Whilst highly recommended, membership to the APS is not a requirement of this course and the Code of Ethics will be supplied to students by the Clinic I Course Coordinator with permission of the APS.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMark Lorien (m.lorien@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Clinic Readiness Intensive

  1. Introductions
  2. Overview of Clinic Team I and assessment requirements
  3. Working as a team and group rules
  4. Values in being a clin psych
  5. Reflective Practice/Practise
  6. Micro-counselling skills
  • Course profile document
  • Wellness Centre Handbook
  • How to reflect article in Bennet-Levy chapter on moodle.
  • Sommers-Flanagan Ch.s 3 and 4
  • Falender & Shafranske Ch. 10

9am – 4pm Monday

9am – 4pm Tuesday

9am – 4pm Wednesday

Week 2 13-03-2017

Clinic Readiness Intensive

  1. Ethical decision making
  2. Exploring the APS Code and guidelines
  3. WC Placement induction
  4. Practice in a rural setting
  5. Ethics revision
  6. Clinic supervision and forms
  7. Micro-counselling cont.
  8. Confidentiality scripting
  • APS Code of Ethics.
  • EDM by Shaw & Bancroft on moodle
  • Log of hours spreadsheet
  • Micro-counselling reading on moodle
  • Supervision forms on moodle

9am – 4pm Monday

9am – 4pm Tuesday

9am – 4pm Wednesday

Week 3 20-03-2017

Clinic Readiness Intensive

  1. Intake interviewing
  2. Client allocations
  3. Giving and receiving clinical feedback
  4. Micro-counselling cont.
  5. Mental Status Exam
  6. Suicide Risk assessment
  7. Hope building in therapy
  8. Structuring a therapy session
  9. Record micro-counselling assignments in pairs
  • Sommers-Flanagan Chapter 6, 7, 8, 9.
  • ORS/SRS/DASS forms on moodle

9am – 4pm Monday

9am – 4pm Tuesday

9am – 4pm Wednesday

Week 4 27-03-2017

Clinic Readiness Intensive

  1. Issues of diversity and working sensitively with diverse populations
  2. Assignment presentations
  3. Client preparations
  4. Note taking and client records
  5. Team client allocations
  6. Future placement opportunities
  • Sommers-Flanagan Chapter 11.
  • Falender & Schafranske Chapter 4

9am – 4pm Monday

9am – 4pm Tuesday

9am – 4pm Wednesday

Presentation and Written Assessment - Micro-counselling skills Due Tuesday (28 Mar 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Group supervision, client planning and formulation; Psychometric familiarisation

This week we will begin to look at the ADOS administration as you will all be doing some ASD assessments at the WC this year.

DSM5 ASD section

Falender & Shafranske Ch. 1

1pm – 4pm Friday

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No teaching this week

Week 6 17-04-2017

Group supervision, client planning and formulation; Psychometric familiarisation

This week we will continue to look at the ADOS, particularly at scoring and interpretation.

Falender & Shafranske Ch. 2

1pm – 4pm Friday

Week 7 24-04-2017

Group supervision, client planning and formulation; Psychometric familiarisation

This week we will be discussing client aggression and therapist safety issues.

Falender & Shafranske Ch. 3

1pm – 4pm Friday

Week 8 01-05-2017

Group supervision, client planning and formulation; Psychometric familiarisation

This week we will be getting out the WC tests for Executive Functioning and having a practise with them.

Falender & Shafranske Ch. 5

1pm – 4pm Friday

Week 9 08-05-2017

Group supervision, client planning and formulation; Psychometric familiarisation

This week we will be doing some practise on summarising the written parts of a report

Falender & Shafranske Ch. 6

1pm – 4pm Friday

Week 10 15-05-2017

Group supervision, client planning and formulation; Psychometric familiarisation

Falender & Shafranske Ch. 7

1pm – 4pm Friday

Week 11 22-05-2017

Group supervision, client planning and formulation; Psychometric familiarisation

Falender & Shafranske Ch. 9

1pm – 4pm Friday

Week 12 29-05-2017

Group supervision, client planning and formulation; and planning for providing client report sessions.

Review and revision of the course including student feedback.

No reading this week. Instead we will be revising and reviewing the term and planning for meeting the assessment requirements of this course.

1pm – 4pm Friday

Written Assessment - Case Report Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Practical Assessment - Placement Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

No teaching this week

Exam Week 12-06-2017

No teaching this week

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Case Report
Task Description

Students are required to submit a written case report on a client they have worked with. This is a requirement for each Clinic Team course throughout the Program. This case report will be based upon a Wellness Centre client that was seen for a cognitive assessment. The format will follow the Wellness Centre report as outlined on the Wellness Centre drive. Whilst there is no specific word limit, it is expected that a comprehensive cognitive assessment will be between 2500 - 5000 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
To be submitted electronically to the Course Coordinator. The Case Report front sheet also to be signed by the student and the supervisor and a copy kept by the student and the Course Administrator.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Feedback will be provided via email.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The marking guide for this Pass/Fail assignment includes detailed instructions on the minimum expectations for each case report. There is provision for individualised written feedback to each student on the form from the course coordinator. The case report rating form makes up the marking guide for this assessment piece. The full criteria is available to students on the moodle course site, and includes the following headings:

  • Intake Information
  • Assessment Summary
  • Clinical Presentation
  • Test Selection
  • Clinical Diagnosis
  • Clinical Recommendation
  • Discussion/Conclusion Section
  • General Quality of Case Report
  • Overall Quality of Clinical Work

The grading system for this assignment is Pass/Fail.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass or Fail
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

To be submitted in de-identified electronic form to the Course Coordinator via moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe key areas of professional practice.

3. Develop case formulations from a cognitive behavioural framework.

5. Conduct, interpret and report on a cognitive assessment.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment - Placement
Task Description

There are a number of requirements for successful passing of the Clinic Team I placement. These are as follows:

  1. Log of clinical practice and supervision. To be submitted using the weekly supervision log and electronic log.
  2. Exploration and revision of the APS Code of Ethics and a short exam in Wk 2.
  3. Submission of a reflective practice journal.
  4. Satisfactory progress on placement, including file management and record keeping.

A Pass grade is required for the ethics component before students are permitted to begin clinical work.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Log of clinical practice and supervision, and reflective practice journal to be submitted each week electronically to the Course Coordinator via Moodle.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Feeback provided via email and in supervision.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria
  1. Log of clinical practice must meet criteria as defined by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The Weekly individual and group supervision logs and the electronic log that are needed to complete this task will be discussed in class and are available on Moodle.
  2. The reflective practice journal is not simply a record or critique of 'what happened' each week, but rather an opportunity to explore your own developing identity as a Clinical Psychologist and the relationship between your course experiences and that changing sense of a professional self. Whilst this is primarily a personal journal, the content should also reflect the professional readings that are shaping your development. Whilst there are no specific rules around word limits, it is expected that you would write 400-500 words per week across the term. The journal is to be submitted in moodle Weekly.
  3. Satisfactory progress on placement is assessed using the End of Placement Review form which is available on Moodle. These are completed collaboratively in consultation with each student, their respective Clinic Supervisor, and the Wellness Centre Director. They are then submitted to the Course Coordinator via moodle.
  4. Part of the practical application of clinical psychology includes the real-world use of the code of ethics with clients in the Wellness Centre referrals. As such, a short refresher quiz on the APS Code of Ethics is part of the 4 week intensive at the beginning of the course.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass or Fail
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

To be submitted in electronic form to the Course Coordinator.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Administer clinical interviews using techniques of non-directive therapeutic practice.

4. Describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of both individual and group Cognitive Behavioural Interventions

5. Conduct, interpret and report on a cognitive assessment.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Presentation and Written Assessment - Micro-counselling skills
Task Description

This assessment will focus on addressing the knowledge and skills related to the highly important skills of micro-counselling using a person centred or humanistic model. These skills are central to all clinical work.

Students are required to work in pairs to record a 15 minute interview which focuses on the demonstration of micro-counselling skills within a humanistic paradigm. Each student will then present to the class their video of their counselling role.

In class we will watch each video. Students are expected to briefly introduce the video and the topic, and present a written critique of the video which explores the following:

  1. Consideration and discussion of strengths and what went well
  2. Consideration and discussion of areas that need improvement and what did not go well
  3. Consideration and discussion of what could be done differently in the future
  4. Consideration and discussion of what would help improve the interview. For example, what further help, support or reading would be needed
  5. Consideration and discussion of what has been learnt through this assessment exercise.

The whole presentation, including the video, should last no longer than 30 minutes.

Detailed guidelines are provided in the 'Micro-counselling skills assessment - some guidelines' document on Moodle.

A Pass grade is required for this assessment before students are permitted to begin clinical work.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Tuesday (28-Mar-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Presentations to occur during Clinic Team I teaching time in Week 4 - Monday and Tuesday mornings.
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017)
Feeback provided via email.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

I am looking for your capacity to use fundamental non-directive listening skills and your capacity to reflect on these skills:

  1. Consideration and discussion of strengths and what went well
  2. Consideration and discussion of areas that need improvement and what did not go well
  3. Consideration and discussion of what could be done differently in the future
  4. Consideration and discussion of what would help improve the interview. For example, what further help, support or reading would be needed
  5. Consideration and discussion of what has been learnt through this assessment exercise.

The assessment will be marked pass or fail. Feedback in each of the areas above will be provided.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass or Fail
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy
Group submission

Presentations will occur in class.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Administer clinical interviews using techniques of non-directive therapeutic practice.

3. Develop case formulations from a cognitive behavioural framework.

4. Describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of both individual and group Cognitive Behavioural Interventions

5. Conduct, interpret and report on a cognitive assessment.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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