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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.

Tasks and duties

  • Integrate theory and practice in order to assess, diagnose and understand people with mental illness and psychological problems.
  • Identifying and diagnosing mental, behavioural or emotional disorders.
  • Liaise with clients, their families and other professionals who may be involved in order to provide continuity of care and relieve psychological distress.
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?

The most common salary  for a Clinical Psychologist is between $100k and $120k
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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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Working with children check
  • Autonomy
  • Innovation
  • Time management
  • Written skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • People management
  • Research skills
  • Team work
  • Collaborative skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn
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How do Clinical Psychologists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 7 Clinical Psychologists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

3 out of 5Oct 2018
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...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Clinical Psychology
The good things
Assisting people through complex circumstances such as trauma, PTSD and complex family dynamics.
The challenges
Ensuring that the patient implements the agreed treatment strategies and techniques.
2 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Psychology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Psychology
The good things
Clinical psychologists have a freedom to determine their clientele and specialisation that they work with. The role can be rewarding and you can support people from all walks of life.
The challenges
Paperwork rules the day and you are bound by government rules around funding, often quided by less qualified opinions than your own.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Clinical Psychology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Clinical Psychologis
The good things
It’s a very rewarding career
The challenges
Not everyone will like your style of approach and you will need to be okay with it.
3 out of 5Oct 2018
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...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Clinical Psychology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Health
The good things
Help make a difference in other people's lives Learning about other people and helping them understand themselves better Working as part of a multidisciplinary team and learning from other professiona...
The challenges
Managing your own emotions when faced with difficult situations like a patient passing away. Managing burn out and difficult team dynamics
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Clinical Psychology
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
clinical psychology
The good things
An incredibly gratifying job and my passion. I feel that it is more of a privilege than work to be working with people and be instrumental in improving the quality of their lives and improve mental he...
The challenges
The work can be demanding, depending on the type of specialisation you're working. Work life balance can be a challenge at times, although there is a lot of support that can be accessed to help people...
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What are the job opportunities for Clinical Psychologists?

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Job opportunities

Clinical Psychologist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
30.2%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Psychologists
Latest Clinical Psychologist jobs on SEEK
St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (Ltd)
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
An exciting opportunity exists for a Senior Clinical Psychologist to join the team at Footbridge, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Albury Area
Develop your knowledge of autism in a supportive & collaborative environment.Contribute to the improvement of outcomes for individuals on the spectrum
The Procare Group
ACT
Reg. Psychologists required to join our growing Occupational Rehabilitation teams across NSW and ACT | Contractors encouraged to apply!
Medijobs Australia
Tamworth & North West NSW
RTW Case Mngt: DVA, Life & Workers Comp: Team of 50: Snr staff average 13yrs exp: Low staff turnover: Tamworth
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