BEHV 7006 Clinic Placement A

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101815

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Description This introductory placement subject comprises 180 hours of placement activity accrued one-day a week over 24 weeks and is designed to allow students to apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained in the following coursework subjects, Core Skills & Ethical Practice; Psychological Assessment; Psychopathology: Theory and Practice and Psychological Interventions 1. The aim of the subject is to establish and enhance, under close supervision, a range of clinical psychology assessment and intervention skills applied to real clients. Regular and systematic video-recording of trainee-client sessions and supervisor feedback guided by competency-based principles provide trainees with an excellent opportunity to acquire, consolidate and generalise a wide range of competencies important for clinical psychology practice.

School Psychology

Discipline Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) BEHV 7014 AND
BEHV 7027

Co-requisite(s) BEHV 7005


Students must be enrolled in program 1812 - Master of Clinical Psychology.

Assumed Knowledge

Theoretical knowledge and skills of ethical professional practice, psychopathology, and psychological interventions.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate core evidence-based clinical psychology assessment and formulation competencies at an advanced-beginner level for common psychological problems, including with culturally diverse and indigenous populations (APAC GA: 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 4.2.1i, ii, iii, 4.2.2 I, ii, iii & 4.2.3iv).
  2. Demonstrate core evidence-based clinical psychology intervention competencies at an advanced-beginner level for common psychological problems, including with culturally diverse / indigenous populations and with consideration to the context in which a client lives (APAC GA: 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 4.2.2iv & 4.2.3 i, ii, iv).
  3. Display therapist-client and supervisee-supervisor relationship competencies at an advanced-beginner level (APAC GA: 3.10, 3.11,3.12, 4.2.3iii).
  4. Demonstrate professionalism, professional communication competencies, ethical judgment and ethical conduct in accordance with the Code of Conduct endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia and meet all of the program inherent requirements. This includes professional engagement with and showing respect for the skills and contributions of other involved professionals (APAC GA: 3.3, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, 3.13, 4.2.3iii).
  5. Demonstrate scientist-practitioner and reflective practitioner meta-competencies at the beginner level. This includes evaluating the effectiveness of own practice and making changes as required (APAC GA: 3.11, 3.14 & 3.15).
  6. Comply with accreditation requirements concerning practicum, casework and supervision hours (APAC GA: 3.2-3.15, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3).

Subject Content

Supervised placement in the Western Sydney University Psychology Clinics.

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Simulation 1 hour S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance As outlined in the CYPRS S/U Y Individual
Log/Workbook Details specified in the Logbook Guidelines S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2nd Half (2023)

Penrith (Kingswood)


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1st Half (2024)

Penrith (Kingswood)


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2nd Half (2024)

Penrith (Kingswood)


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