phe5acb clinical placement b




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this second placement subject students will complete 250 hours of clinical training based at a mental health or other health care setting under the supervision of an onsite clinical practitioner. This placement is designed to meet the registration requirements of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). This placement is aimed to develop the student's skill base as a health professional as well as a clinician. As appropriate the student will be expected to engage with clients on an individual as well as group basis for art therapy. They are also expected to be involved where possible in the entry of case notes, participate in and contribute to case reviews and to educate placement colleagues about art therapy via, for example, presentations.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLibby Byrne

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMART - Master of Art Therapy.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEvents and experiences impacting the development of clinical self confidence: A study of the first year of client contactRecommendedBischoff, R., Barton, M., Thober, J & Hawley, R. (2002)JOURNAL OF MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPY, 28,3.
ReadingsOn being a supervisee: Creating learning partnershipsRecommendedCarroll, M. & Gilbert, M. (2006)MELBOURNE: PSYCHOZ PUBLICATIONS
ReadingsThe institution as a holding environment for the therapist. In A. Robbins (Ed.), The artist as therapistRecommendedGonzalez Dolginko, B. & Robbins, A. (2000)LONDON: JESSICA KINGSLEY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Engage effectively with a variety of clients in individual and group art therapy.

Assess and document client needs and develop an appropriate group art therapy program.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills(Critical Thinking)

02. Demonstrate the development of reflexive practice skills.

Analyse and articulate client needs based on art therapy work.

03. Synthesise and document professional observations to communicate across disciplines. and contribute to case reviews as appropriate.

Detailed client case notes and entry of notes into client files as appropriate.

04. Identify and articulate how cultural diversity affects therapeutic relationships and processes.

Ability to analyse how cultural and religious issues of actual clients on placement impact on their experience of health.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Off Campus


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLibby Byrne

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 days placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"250 hours of supervised clinical placement off campus (in keeping with requirements for professional registration)."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
2 case reports with evidence of advanced therapy skills (400 words each)** This is a distillation of professional observations that is concise and informative, the equivalent of 2,000 words.4003
250 hours of clinical placement plus placement supervisor's report (equivalent 2,500 words)Students must pass this assessment to demonstrate professional competence.5001, 02, 03, 04
Detailed log of placement activities (equivalent 250 words)1001