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Clinical Psychologist

Provide support and psychological services to people with mental health conditions.

What's it like to be a Clinical Psychologist?

A Clinical Psychologist is a mental health specialist who provides psychological services and support to people with varying mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and drug or alcohol abuse.

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Clinical Psychologists work in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, mental health facilities, community health settings and within the justice system.

As well as working in professional practice, some Clinical Psychologists may conduct research, or engage in teaching or supervision of provisional Psychologists.

What can I earn as a Clinical Psychologist?

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How to become a Clinical Psychologist


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A minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required to practice as a Psychologist in Australia. To gain endorsement to work as a Clinical Psychologist, six years of study plus two years of supervised practice is required.

  1. Undertake a three-year accredited undergraduate psychology sequence, then commence a fourth-year accredited psychology course, and finally, complete a two-year internship or two-year Master’s degree in order to work as a psychologist.
  2. Apply for general registration as a psychologist. All practising psychologists in Australia must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
  3. To gain endorsement to work as a clinical psychologist, undertake registrar training for up to two years, overseen by the Psychology Board of Australia.

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Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Develop knowledge of human behaviour and experience to prepare for a career in psychology with this degree.

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Graduate Diploma in Psychology

If you already have an undergraduate degree, then this qualification provides foundational knowledge or can start your career journey in psychology.

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Latest Clinical Psychologist reviews

Latest reviews from 18 Clinical Psychologists surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
If I had my time again I wouldn't have done Clinical Psychology
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Clinical psychology
The good things
As a Clinical Psychologist, your duties are varied so there is never a boring work day - you could be doing assessment, treatment, life coaching, risk assessment, working with individuals or groups. T...
The challenges
The down sides to Clinical Psychology is the amount of time you spend studying for this specialist title (typically a 4-year Undergrad course plus 2-years minimum Postgrad course PLUS 2-years supervis...
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Oct 2018
Being a clinical psychologist enables you to make a difference to children and family's lives.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Clinical Psychology
The good things
Multidisciplinary team environment of supportive and empathetic individuals. Variety of work activities/responsibilities. Making a difference to children and their families. Opportunity to use my rang...
The challenges
Department is considerably understaffed. Environment is toxic with building mould and traumatised clients. Extensive pressure to see more and more clients, with no changes to current systems. Hence wo...
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