PSY527 The Clinical Psychologist in Practice (16)


This subject builds on the knowledge and skills students have already acquired in assessing, treating and evaluating the treatment of clients with specific psychological and psychiatric syndromes. Specifically, this subject attempts to consider how clinical psychologists can address the health needs of individuals, the relationship needs of couples and families and the personal and professional needs of themselves and other clinicians through supervision.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
Distance*Bathurst Campus
Session 2
Distance*Bathurst Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY527
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Psychology and Doctor of Psychology students only
(PSY522 or PSY531) and PSY523

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
* be able to demonstrate an understanding of the distinction between primary and secondary prevention in eating disorders, understand the nature of eating pathology and be able to develop interventions for clients with disordered eating and dieting;
* be able to demonstrate an understanding of the significance of psychological stress in the development of physical illness;
* be able to analyse the role of psychological factors in the successful treatment of specific illnesses and medical problems;
* be able to develop an individualised assessment and treatment plan for the modification of health-related behaviours;
* be able to demonstrate knowledge of the dynamics underlying relationships and family problems and be able to design appropriate interventions;
* be able to demonstrate knowledge of normal sexual function, evaluate and assess sexual dysfunction and be able to design appropriate interventions;
* be able to recognise specific psychological barriers to accessing health care for specific groups;
* be able to demonstrate full knowledge of the Commonwealth Government's National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce;
* be able to demonstrate awareness of ethical and professional issues that may impact on interactions between a client and a professional in any clinical or medical setting; and
* be able to demonstrate awareness of ethical and professional issues involved in the supervision of clinical psychologists and have an understanding of the components of good supervision.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Psychological variables in the aetiology and experience of physical illness, including - introduction of psychoneuroimmunology and psychophysical problems - psychological vulnerability to stress and illness - Clinical assessment, case formulation, diagnosis and outcome evaluation in health interventions - General techniques for changing health-related behaviours and attitudes - Specific problems in health psychology, including - eating disorders - chronic pain syndrome - sleep problems - Specific problems related to the client's life situation, including - relationship and marital problems - disorders of sexual functioning - bereavement - Introduction to supervisory practices

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. No change to the purpose and activities of the existing residential school.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Workplace Learning component. Please contact the subject coordinator for further information.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.