The Professional Programs handbook provides an overview of the four professional programs on offer at ISN including the Master of Professional Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical), Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) and Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical).

Please find all clinic and placement resources here. These will be relevant to you across the placement units. Here you will also be signed of for all your relevant placement units. 

Students in Ethics & Professional Issues will become familiar with the requirements of all State and Commonwealth Acts relevant to psychological work, including relevant ethical codes and guidelines. They will learn how to apply the principles of these codes to their work, to the discussion of cases in case conference, to consider potential ethical dilemmas and to consider inter professional learning.  

This unit will provide students with further understanding of the complexity of evaluating the quality of research, developing their critical thinking skills and understanding of statistical analyses and research methods, with a focus on applied practical interventions. The unit will provide learning and understanding around different psychological intervention approaches that are common in clinical practice, and consider the evidence-base supporting these treatments. The unit will also provide students with an understanding of how these skills around reviewing empirically based literature and testing can be implemented in psychological practice.

Psychopathology and Pharmacology develops students' knowledge of the assessment, diagnosis (using current major diagnostic classification systems), aetiology (including psychological models), and treatment of psychological problems across the spectrum of severity and the adult age range. Ethical and cultural considerations will also be embedded within this unit. 

This unit will also provide you with an introduction the pharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders, including developing an understanding of the biological basis of psychiatric disorders as derived from studies on the mechanism of action of psychotropic medications.

Principles of Psychotherapy and Basic Counselling Skills will explore evidence-based, ethical and culturally responsive psychotherapeutic engagement with clients, including the principles of basic counselling skills, clinical interviewing, mental status examination, case formulation, and supervision. Student competency will be assessed via simulated learning tasks and formal assessments, including role play activities and self-reflection tasks. 

Exploration of both theory and practical application will support students to strengthen their knowledge of and operationalise the scientist-practitioner model. Essential clinical skills of risk assessment and cultural responsiveness are also included in this unit. 

Psychological Assessment will familiarise students with the principles of test construction and the principles, practices, methods, and procedures relating to psychometric assessment. The unit also covers the reporting of results of cognitive and personality assessment across age ranges. Upon successful completion of this Unit, students will demonstrate competency in the selection of appropriate assessment measures, including consideration of reliability and validity, they will be able to adequately administer an intellectual ability scale, as well as correctly interpret and report assessment findings.

Introduction to CBT introduces you to the principles and practice of modern Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The subject is constructed to enable you to develop essential skills.

This unit is the research component of the Master of Professional Psychology course. This unit will enable students to produce their master’s research report on a psychological intervention based on simulated data. It will mainly consist of self-directed learning and interaction with the unit coordinators who will act as supervisors. Students will produce a report based on their data analysis.

Clinical Assessment and Intervention with Children and Adolescents aims to develop an awareness of the behavioural and clinical assessment, and management of common psychological disorders in children and adolescents. Students will become familiar with anxiety and mood disorders, internalising and externalising problems, developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Students will develop the ability to design appropriate assessment and intervention strategies to address disorders such as: anxiety and mood disorders, internalising and externalising problems, developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders. 

This unit aims to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of psychological clinical interventions. The unit will integrate previously gained knowledge around empirically based clinical interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and provide students with the opportunity to learn how to integrate basic intervention strategies within a sport and exercise context. Students will also gain skills in empirically based intervention and treatment frameworks and strategies which are specific to sport & exercise psychology.

In this unit, students will refine and develop a final research proposal. They will prepare and submit a written research proposal and ethics document about their proposed research. Students will also present their proposed research plan to their peers and ISN faculty for peer review and feedback.

Clinical Health Psychology introduces the field of clinical health psychology and related theoretical frameworks to students. The unit aims to link psychological and physical aspects of health and illness, with a focus on the application of clinical psychology principles and techniques for the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of illness. Students become familiar with psychological assessment within health settings and adherence to treatment and preparation for medical procedures, and develop basic skills within the role of clinical psychologists in developing behaviour change programs for various levels of prevention. 

Advanced Interventions will introduce you to a range of advanced, evidence-based psychological interventions which expand upon the foundation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 

You will develop an understanding of the principles underlying these advanced treatment approaches; learn the implementation of these therapies with complex client presentations and disorders; develop skills in assessing clients’ suitability for interventions, and learn about advanced clinical practice issues. 

Adult Clinical Interventions 2 continues investigating adult intervention techniques and critically evaluating the empirical research literature pertaining to a variety of clinical interventions. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of a variety of empirically validated interventions, an ability to select appropriate psychological techniques and knowledge of how to apply a variety of clinical interventions. Students will evaluate, in the context of day to day clinical practice, the effectiveness of a variety of interventions used in the treatment of adult psychological problems.

This unit is the final research component of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) course. It is also an assessment for the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) course. As part of this unit, students will conduct research and produce a report based on their proposal and ethics application. This will involve data collection and analysis, writing a master’s level report that is of high quality, and regular meetings with their research supervisor(s).

Welcome to Professional Ethics. In this unit students will become familiar with the requirements of State and Commonwealth acts relevant to psychological work, including relevant ethical codes and guidelines. They will learn how to apply the principles of these codes to their work and consider potential ethical dilemmas using an ethical decision-making model. The unit will also introduce students to other key concepts related to ethical and professional practice. These include: interprofessional learning, the use of technology (e-health) in psychological practice; the role of supervision, self-care, and reflective practice for maintaining professional competence; and cultural responsiveness and culturally safe professional practice in psychology.