Is clinical and health psychology for you?
The Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology is a professional qualification for those who wish to work as clinical psychologists or health psychologists. It aims to train psychologists who can apply psychological research and methods to: the prevention and management of disease and mental disorder; the promotion and maintenance of (mental) health; the identification of psychological factors contributing to illness and disorder; and the improvement of the health care system and health policy.
This degree is the first in Australia to offer graduates Australian Psychological Society (APS) membership to both the Clinical College and the Health College. It is also the first accredited training program in health psychology in New South Wales.
What you will study
This degree program consists of coursework, placements and a major thesis.
You must complete compulsory courses to complete this program. Courses include:
- health and psychology
- professional and ethical practice
- introduction to health promotion
- motivating health behaviour change
- clinical health interventions
- facilitating best practice health care
- health program evaluation
- clinical psychology of adults, children and adolescents
- cognitive and neuropsychological assessment.
You will undertake five placements which will contribute to a total of 1500 hours of placement experience. The placements are available in a wide range of settings, under supervision of qualified psychologists. The last placement (500 hours) is referred to as an 'internship'.
For this you will complete a compulsory course on research methods, which will compliment your individual research project undertaken under supervision. The project must make an original and significant contribution of merit to scientific knowledge and must address a topic relevant to clinical and health psychology.
The approval guidelines of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council stipulate that you must spend at least 1500 hours in placements. This requirement will be met with five of the courses within the program being devoted to placements, with the last one being of 500 hours.
There are many career opportunities for clinical and health psychologists in Area Health Services (both mental health and physical health) and other government agencies such as the Department of Community Services and the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, as well as in non-government organisations and in the private sectors. By having dual college membership, as a clinical/health psychologists, you will have the skills to work within clinical settings with individual patients and/or their families, and will also be equipped to work as health promotion practitioners across a variety of settings.
This degree program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and has approval from the College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Health Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society, for the purposes of determining eligibility for membership of the Colleges.
Admission to the degree would be available to graduates who meet the following requirements:
-- Hold a four-year degree (or an equivalent three year / one year postgraduate combination) in psychology that has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
-- Eligibility for provisional registration with NSW Psychologists Registration Board
-- Satisfy the School of Psychology of their suitability for the professional practice of clinical and health psychology and their ability to conduct doctoral level research.
-- Applicants would normally be expected to have had several years of relevant professional experience. i.e. helping people with physical and/or mental health problems or otherwise work with children, adolescents, adults or the elderly.
When evaluating suitability, the School will take into account previous relevant experience, reports of referees, units of study previously completed, and the outcome of a selection interview. Selection criteria will also be based on applicants demonstrating a clear understanding of clinical and health psychology and the areas in which a clinical health psychologist might work.
Program duration is 3 years (6 semesters) full-time or part-time equivalent.
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