Why Clinical Psychology

What are clinical psychologists?

Clinical psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems and mental illness. 

Clinical psychologists work with infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults. They are also involved in designing and implementing a wide range of prevention and mental health promotion programs.

What are the skills and competencies of clinical psychologists?

Clinical psychologists have skills in the following areas:

  • Psychological assessment and diagnosis: Clinical psychologists are specially trained in the assessment and diagnosis of psychological problems and major mental illnesses. Thus they are qualified to provide expert opinion in clinical and compensation matters.
  • Treatments: Clinical psychologists are trained to deliver a broad range of therapies and techniques which have been established as effective in treating mental health disorders. Clinical psychologists are specialists in the application of psychological theory and scientific research to resolve complex clinical problems which require interventions specifically tailored to the particular client.
  • Research teaching and evaluation: Clinical psychologists participate in the design and implementation of treatment programs in various clinical settings and in treatment evaluation programs.

Do clinical psychologists have areas of specialisation?

Most clinical psychologists develop expertise in certain areas, or practice in sub-specialisations of clinical psychology. They provide a wide range of psychological services to individuals across the lifespan and for mental health conditions which range from mild to severe and complex.

In addition to professional practice, clinical psychologists may be involved in research, teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, public policy and other activities that promote psychological health in individuals, families, groups, and organisations.

What is the APS College of Clinical Psychologists?

This College is a college within the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and maintains the highest standards for clinical psychology practice in Australia.

To become a full member of this College, a minimum of six years university training, including approved postgraduate clinical studies and placements in mental health settings, plus a further two years approved supervision in the clinical field is required. Members are also required to maintain a yearly program of ongoing professional development.

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