PSY544 Clinical Psychology in Practice (8)


This subject provides students with the knowledge and skills to address aspects of clinical psychology practice requiring advanced competencies, including the assessment and treatment of clients with multiple diagnoses, working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds, dealing with forensic matters, and professional issues such as practice management and the provision of clinical supervision.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Online*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: PSY544
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:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Enrolment restrictions

Students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology
PSY538 and PSY539

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to design and implement psychotherapeutic interventions for clients with a range of complex and comorbid psychological conditions
  • be able to recognise the impact of sociocultural factiors and modify interventions appropriately
  • be able to produce psychology reports for courts and other legal purposes
  • be able to manage a professional psychology practice
  • be able to provide effective clinical supervision to psychologists and other professionals


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • managing complex and comorbid conditions
  • sociocultural factors and impact on assessment and intervention
  • forensic applications of clinical psychology
  • clinical supervision
  • practice management

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 2.5 day residential school. The residential school is intended to serve a number of functions
  • to teach skills in practice management
  • to examine application of ethical guidelines in complex cases
  • to facilitate assessment of skills through objective structured clinical examination

Activities include
  • lectures
  • case discussions and other small-group learning activities
  • student self-evaluation tasks
  • objective structured clinical examination


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.