1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
1 x 1-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into MPSC-Master of Psychology (Clinical)
1a Admission into PHDCP-Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Enrolment not permitted
PSYC9021 has been successfully completed
Topic description
The aims of this topic are to help students achieve competence in counselling and basic clinical practice, develop a critical awareness of a variety of therapeutic interventions, and gain knowledge about practical aspects of therapy, including ethics, confidentiality and record keeping. These have been selected to provide students with a foundation for placement training and subsequent work as clinical psychologists.

Since some class members may already have been exposed to microskills counselling training, the topic begins by developing and tuning these skills. From here, students apply these microskills to diverse areas, including the initial interview and genograms, assessment of suicide risk and acute intervention, and motivational interviewing. Seminars on ethics and cultural aspects of psychology will also be presented.
Educational aims
For students to learn a range of interviewing and counselling skills that can be applied to the clinical setting.
Expected learning outcomes
Students must demonstrate:
  • appropriate and effective interviewing and counselling skills
  • sound knowledge of ethics applied to clinical psychology