Practicum & Supervised Placement (MPP561 & MPP562) These units are progressive or linked units. They comprise of the 300 hour practicum component, which runs across Semesters 1 and 2. The practicum includes an agency placement of two days a week over approximately five to six months, with 40 hours of individual and group supervision. In addition, an experiential and simulated learning component expands on learning from earlier units to further develop students’ competencies in foundational skills such as risk assessment, use of supervision, clinical note writing, and various psychology treatment models. Students are required to submit a video recording and a case report as hurdle requirements. Early in the year, students provide preferences in terms of placement agencies available to MPP students, and the Placement Coordinator allocates students to placements as closely as possible to these preferences. Supervised placements commence mid-Semester 1, and complete around mid-Semester 2. They commence with a Structured Observation Placement (SOP), which is a two-week orientation to the placement agency, to assist students to gain knowledge of placement protocols and the agency expectations. This is largely in reference to administrative, educational, organisational and supervision matters. Once the SOP is completed, the student can begin working with clients.