Health Psychology for Clinicians PG (6308.6)
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|Discipline Of Psychology||Post Graduate Level|| Band 1 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology)
Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify the areas of health in which psychological practitioners work, including behavioural medicine, rehabilitation, and health promotion;
2. Critically evaluate the interaction of psychological, biological, and social factors in health problems;
3. Apply knowledge of, and practice in, the use of relevant psychological assessment and intervention approaches in both acute and chronic conditions with critical consideration of their appropriateness when working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
4. Evaluate potential ethical issues in psychological practice in health psychology; and
5. Apply knowledge of psychopharmacology, including biological action and clinical implications for use of psychotropic medications.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
CorequisitesMust be enrolled in 742AA Master of Clinical Psychology OR 958AA Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology.
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A number of readings related to topics in the unit are available through Canvas in the Reading List. Students are required to read these before the workshops in order to gain initial insight into the topics reviewed and optimise learning in formal teaching.
Additional resources are listed below:
Andrasik, F., Goodie, J.L. & Peterson, A.L. (Eds) (2015). Biopsychosocial Assessment in Clinical Health Psychology, The Guilford Press: New York.
Belar, C.D. & Deardorff, W.W. (2009). Clinical Health Psychology in Medical Settings: A Practitioner's Guidebook, Second Edition. American Psychological Association: USA.
Nikcevic (A.V.), Kuczmierczyk, A.R. & Bruch, M. (Eds). (2006)
Formulation and Treatment in Clinical Health Psychology. Routledge: UK.
Nikcevic (A.V.), Kuczmierczyk, A.R. & Bruch, M. (Eds). (2006) Formulation and Treatment in Clinical Health Psychology. Routledge: UK.Miller, W.R., & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational Interviewing: Helping people change. New York: The Guilford Press
Australian Psychological Society (2007). Code of ethics. Melbourne. [Available online at http://www.psychology.org.au/Assets/Files/Code_Ethics_2007.pdf] Copies are also available from the library.
American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 5th ed. Arlington, VA: Author.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Please read the above information carefully regarding extensions and late penalties. In addition to the above, please note the following:
- Students are expected to work on the assessment items throughout the teaching period. Early communication of problems is strongly advised. Students should assess early in the teaching period whether they have a reasonable likelihood of being able to complete the unit and should consider withdrawing by the census date, if required.
- Completed Assignment Extension forms should be emailed to the unit convener along with supporting documentation (please put "Extension request" in the subject line) .
- The unit convener will consider your request, determine the length of the extension to be granted and email you advising whether your request is approved or declined. If approved, the new due date will also appear on your Moodle site where your assignment is submitted.
- Assignments submitted after the due date, regardless of whether an extension was granted, will be returned at a later date than those submitted on time.
Special assessment requirements
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Assessment Item Resubmission
In each assessment task, an ungraded pass is achieved by demonstrating competency overall through a passing grade. Students must demonstrate an appropriate standard across all task requirements. If a student has passed assessment task requirements overall but is marked as below competency standards on some criteria, they will have the opportunity to address these criteria through one resubmission to demonstrate competency at appropriate standard. Unit convenors (or markers) will provide specific feedback in these circumstances to inform the student of the issues and criterion to be addressed. However, if the assignment still does not meet appropriate competency standards following resubmission, a fail grade will be applied. If a student has not passed the assessment task requirements overall in the first submission, there will be no option to resubmit and a fail grade will be applied.
Students must submit/attempt all assignments to be eligible to pass the unit, and must achieve an ungraded pass in all assessment tasks in a given unit to achieve an ungraded pass for the unit.
Please note that the full day Introduction to Motivational Interviewing workshop in this unit requires mandatory attendance. Students cannot miss mandatory workshops, and if they are absent for these workshops they will receive a fail grade for the unit or should consider a late withdrawal if there are extenuating circumstances. If a student has appropriate documentation supporting an absence under exceptional circumstances on the day of a mandatory workshop, students may be given the option to attend the workshop when it is next delivered in the course (and receive a WHE grade until such time if approved by the ADE and meeting all other pass requirements for the unit) or complete an equivalent workshop approved by the unit convenor at the student's own expense (please note documentation will be required as proof of completion). Students should also note that absences may impact course progression.
Required IT skills
No special IT skills are required for this unit, although it is expected that all students will have basic word-processing skills. If you are unfamiliar with searching specialist databases for accessing Psychology journals, please see the UC library site for details of training sessions:
There are no set costs for this unit.
Work placement, internships or practicums
In accordance with University policy (3.15 in Assessment Procedures), moderation is required to ensure consistency in standards of marking in a unit. The Master of Clinical Psychology program and units undertake moderation in a number of domains, specifically through review of unit outlines and unit content, assessment item details and marking guides, and in marking assignments. All assessment pieces or marks resulting in a fail grade will be moderated by another member of the clinical team, as well as a random selection of assignments covering a range of participants in the unit. This process ensures that marking across the program is consistent. All units are subjected to moderation at the Discipline level at the conclusion of each teaching period.