Leader: Dr Grace Couchman
Clayton First semester 2006 (Day)
Synopsis: This unit in the second year of the DPsych (Clinical) course covers key issues for clinical psychologists in clinical case management, such as assessment, case formulation, and presentation. Students learn to present cases to peers and academic clinicians in a professional, informative, and succinct manner. The focus in this first semester unit is on clinical assessment cases encountered in a variety of clinical settings. Relevant professional, ethical and legal issues associated with these cases are explored. Case presentations are also given by experienced clinical staff.
Objectives: On completion of this unit students are expected to: 1. consolidate and expand on the knowledge acquired from the first year units 'Legal, ethical and professional issues: principles and practice' and 'Psychopathology', particularly in relation to professional presentation, both oral and written of clinical cases; 2. enhance their understanding of relevant clinical management issues through discussion, feedback and reflection. Students should develop proficiency in clinical case management from the point of receiving a referral through to termination; 3. develop their problem solving skills in relation to legal, ethical and professional issues in clinical settings and gain confidence in the application of these principles.
Assessment: Seminar attendance and attendance at group supervision (hurdle requirement); major oral case presentation and written case report (4500 words) (80%); brief oral case presentation (20%). All components to be passed.