PSY558 Professional Psychology Placement 2 (0)

This is the second of two 150 hour placements which students are required to undertake in an area of professional psychology practice and complete an empirical case report detailing the psychological work  undertaken.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY558. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

Prior completion of or concurrent enrolment in PSY533 and PSY534. Students who do not satisfy these criteria are required to obtain the Course Directors approval prior to enrolling in this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate satisfactory performance on supervisor evaluation;
  • be able to design and implement psychotherapeutic interventions for clients with a range of complex and comorbid psychological conditions;
  • be able to reflect on the theoretical implications of treatment outcomes relative to case presentation/formulation, and thus evaluate implications for theories of psychopathology of treatment success, and consider potential implications of treatment failures on both theory and practice;
  • be able to recognise the impact of socio-cultural factors and modify interventions appropriately; and
  • be able to conduct practice in accordance with professional and ethical standards.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Undertaking a placement that will focus on clinical psychology skills in a practical setting
  • The design, implementation and communication of psychological interventions

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY558 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Completed placement hours summary
Supervision session and activity logbook
Placement evaluation
Therapeutic treatment approaches

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

In this subject students undertake the second of two 150 hour placements in an area of professional psychology practice.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.