Courses & Units

Clinical Psychology Placement 1 PSY706

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (40 hours) during the allocated PEP, and must be prepared to undertake a range of shifts (majority of shifts are during standard work hours; evening shifts are rare but can occur, night shifts do not occur) and which may include weekends, as per roster provided by the healthcare agency. Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available. To be eligible to undertake PEP, all students must be ‘Verified’ as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in Practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements.

Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.

PEP dates MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.


This placement unit is the first of three placement units which begin to orient students to the complexities of integrating and applying theoretical and content knowledge to practice as a clinical psychologist. Through use of the CYPRS (Clinical Psychology Placement Rating System), student progress towards both accreditation competencies and associated ILOs is assessed. The CYPRS has an inherent, inbuilt scaffolding of achievement from Stage 1 (skills commensurate with an entry level, provisionally registered psychologist working under high levels of supervision) through to Stage 4 (skills commensurate with an entry level, fully registered psychologist), with each level of achievement required at various stages of the placement experience.


Unit name Clinical Psychology Placement 1
Unit code PSY706
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Doctor Leesa Van Niekerk
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply under supervision a scientist practitioner approach in working with clients, including creating case formulations, conducting risk assessments, making diagnoses and developing treatment plans with consideration of cultural differences and diversity at a Stage 2 Clinical Psychology Placement Rating System (CYPRS) competency.
  • Apply under supervision evidence based therapeutic techniques for common mental health concerns and flexibly adapt and tailor these to specific client presentations and compose a range of intra and interdisciplinary correspondence with other practitioners to inform coordinated approaches to client care at a Stage 2 Clinical Psychology Placement Rating System (CYPRS) competency.
  • Select, administer, score and interpret under supervision a range of psychometric tests and questionnaires to prepare professional reports and provide verbal feedback to families and relevant professionals at a Stage 2 Clinical Psychology Placement Rating System (CYPRS) competency.
  • Appraise under supervision complex ethical challenges in psychological practice and apply relevant legislation and ethical and professional practice guidelines to make clinical decisions about ethical dilemmas as they arise with specific clients at a Stage 2 Clinical Psychology Placement Rating System (CYPRS) competency
  • Appraise under supervision the application of psychological practice and integrate supervisory feedback, self-reflection and self-practice for continual improvement of clinical psychological competencies at a Stage 2 Clinical Psychology Placement Rating System (CYPRS) competency.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



Assessment Skills in Psychology Practice 1 AND Intervention Skills in Psychology Practice 1 AND Ethics and Professional Psychology Practice 1

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Clinical Practice – 16-24hrs per week

AssessmentOSCE Risk Assessment & Response (20%)|CYPRS competency assessment tool (80%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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