Clinical Psychologist

A clinical psychologist is an expert in the field of understanding human behaviour and in particular, mental health. Clinical psychologists are qualified to diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of psychological, emotional, psycho-physiological, behavioural and health problems experienced by adults, children and families. Clinical psychologists help people change their problematic thinking and behaviour around issues such as relationships, work, major life changes, self esteem and performance. They also help people recover from various emotional disturbances including depression, anxiety, anger and guilt.

Clinical psychologists can undertake intellectual functioning tests for adults and children.

The minimum academic requirement for use of the “Clinical Psychologist” specialist title is an accredited four year degree in psychology and at least an accredited Masters degree in clinical psychology (or equivalent as determined by the Board), followed by a minimum of two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) supervised relevant practice approved by the Board, representing a total of at least eight years training.

Skills and competencies of clinical psychologists include:

1. Psychological assessment and diagnosis:
Clinical psychologists have specialist training in the assessment and diagnosis of major mental illnesses and psychological problems. Through their specialist training, clinical psychologists are qualified to provide expert opinion in clinical, compensation, educational and legal jurisdictions. Some clinical psychologists also specialise in particular types of assessment such as neuropsychological, forensic and educational.
2. Treatment:
Clinical psychologists are trained in the delivery of a range of (non-drug) techniques, strategies and therapies with demonstrated effectiveness in treating mental health disorders. They are specialists in applying psychological theory and scientific research to solve complex clinical problems requiring individually tailored interventions.
3. Research, teaching and evaluation:
Research, teaching and evaluation are all integral to the role of clinical psychologists. Research is often conducted on prevention, diagnosis, assessment and treatment. Treatment strategies in various settings (such as primary care, psychiatric and rehabilitation) are designed and implemented, and the treatment outcomes are evaluated.