Students who satisfactorily complete this course will be able to demonstrate skill and knowledge in the following areas: 

  1. Knowledge of the discipline
    1. Demonstrate core professional psychology principles across a range of settings
    2. Assess and diagnose a variety of client presentations with reference to the DSM-5
    3. Interpret current literature and research regarding psychological issues and disorders, to formulate appropriate assessments and interventions.
  2.  Ethical, legal & professional matters
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the Australian Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics as well as relevant legislation that informs current professional practice
    2. Apply ethical principles in simulation and in professional practice.  
  3. Psychological Assessment and Measurement
    1. Develop knowledge of a broad range of assessment measures and understand the theoretical frameworks and psychometric properties that support their empirical validation, and knowledge of appropriateness to assessing particular presentations and disorders
    2. Demonstrate an ability to administer, score, interpret and write up specific assessment batteries. 
  4. Intervention strategies
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of a select range of empirically validated interventions suitable for use with adults and children 
    2. Demonstrate application of this understanding through ethical application of treatments in simulation and placement practicum, including their evaluation.
  5. Research and evaluation
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the application of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research designs in professional psychological practice 
    2. Conduct a high-quality needs analysis in treatment or psychosocial support settings and recommend an implementable solution. 
  6. Communication and Interpersonal Relationships
    1. Demonstrate effective and efficient written and oral communication skills
    2. Relate appropriately to clients and professionals across academic and clinical settings. 
  7. Working within a Cross Cultural Context 
    1. Develop an understanding of culturally sensitive psychological practice, and demonstrate competence in working with clients from diverse backgrounds where placement settings allow.  
  8. Practice across the Lifespan
    1. Develop knowledge of age appropriate psychological assessments and interventions, and where possible apply this in placement settings.
  9. Reflective practice
    1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of reflective self-practice and the ability to implement constructive feedback in order to improve clinical practice.