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PY5013 - Working With Clients

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This core subject explores a number of generic issues concerning work with clients regardless of the psychology masters specialisation. It relates to the skills and dynamics of working with clients and the dynamics within which that work occurs.This subject provides experience in the communication and counselling microskills necessary to work effectively with clients. Topics include interviewing, history taking and case formulation. Issues of client reluctance and resistance are also addressed. Other topics are the professional practice of psychology, including professional ethics and legal considerations.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop a structured approach to cases;
  • demonstrate insight into own strengths and weaknesses in worth with clients;
  • express and demonstrate professionally appropriate strategies for use with reluctant and resistant clients;
  • articulate variables which impact on work with clients, including professional characteristics and values, ethical considerations and client motivation;
  • exhibit a range of communication and practical microskills for use with clients;
  • apply skills in history taking and demonstrate knowledge of record maintenance.

Subject Assessment

  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (20%)
  • Competency demonstration - (50%)
  • Formulation and session plan - (30%).
PY5301 PY5302 PY5303 PY5304 PY5305 PY6121 PY6301 PY6302 PY6303


JCU Singapore, Study Period 58, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.