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'... the qualification will provide me with the opportunity to work in a very stimulating and interesting field of employment.’
|Award granted||Master of Psychology (Clinical)|
|Campus||Offered at Geelong Waterfront Campus|
2 years full-time
|Next available intake||March (Trimester 1)|
|Indicative annual fee 2013||$23,350* AUD|
|Level||Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)|
|CRICOS course code||060023G|
Overall IELTS score of 7 with no band less than 7. More information is available at www.ielts.org
|Deakin course code||H750|
|Faculty contacts||Deakin International|
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
The course is not available part-time.
The Master of Psychology (Clinical) provides you with a broad set of clinical skills in a range of assessment and therapy models. Based on an integrative approach to clinical psychology that emphasises evidence-based practice, the course has been designed in consultation with our industry partners to enable you to develop the academic, practical and research skills necessary to register as a psychologist, and to practise as a clinical psychologist.
Throughout the course you will develop specialist knowledge as well as the general knowledge and skills required by practitioners; advanced knowledge of clinical problems of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; knowledge and competence in evidence-based psychological assessment; and knowledge and awareness of relevant ethical principles of psychological practice.
Deakin University offers Master and Doctoral level courses which aim to prepare students, who have completed a recognised psychology sequence, for careers in the field of clinical psychology. Graduates will be qualified for employment in any area of clinical psychology, including private practice or one of the many government and non-government agencies.
The Master of Psychology (Clinical) meets the requirements for graduates to register as generalist psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia, (PBA) and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists and endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist following two years of work experience supervised by a clinical psychologist, together with completion of stipulated professional development requirements.
Clinical psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health conditions that range from mild to severe and complex. They are often involved in designing and implementing a diverse range of prevention and mental health promotion programs, and may work with infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults.
Most clinical psychologists develop expertise in specific areas, or practice in sub-specialisations of clinical psychology. 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 and groups.
The course consists of 16 credit points covering three strands: theory, research and practice. Students will complete a minimum of 4 credit points each trimester over two years.
|HPS714||Studies in Psychopathology|
|HPS777||Interview and Intervention Strategies|
|HPS778||Biological and Neuropsychological Perspectives on Disorder|
|HPS706||Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1|
|HPS776||Issues in Professional Psychology|
|HPS766||Research Thesis A|
|HPS705||Advanced Clinical Assessment|
|HPS709||Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 2|
|HPS767||Research Thesis B|
|HPS711||Advanced Clinical Practice|
|HPS712||Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 3|
|HPS787||Research Thesis C|
Note: All coursework units have a hurdle requirement of 80 per cent attendance. A pass grade in a unit requires satisfactory completion of each component assessed.
The clinical placements are designed to equip students with a range of professional skills and an awareness of professional issues. You will have placements in at least three different settings, so that you can gain experience of adult, adolescent and child problems; community and institutional care; and medical and non-medical agencies. Your placement program will be determined jointly by you, the placement coordinators, and the practitioners supervising the placements. Contracts will be drawn up which will clearly specify the skills to be taught and the responsibilities of the student and placement supervisor. Placement supervisors are registered clinical psychologists, eligible for membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. Each placement requires the full complement of days to be completed. Failure of any one placement may result in exclusion from the course.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.
The prerequisite for entry to the course is the completion of a four-year sequence of study in an accredited psychology program which meets national registration requirements and eligibility for Associate Membership of the APS, or equivalent. The four-year sequence may be either an honours program or the combination of a three-year undergraduate degree including a psychology major and an approved postgraduate program.
Entry will be competitive, based on academic results, referees' reports and interview before a panel of school selection staff. It would normally be expected that applicants will have achieved a minimum honours grade of 2A or equivalent. Relevant professional experience will be a factor in selection.
Applicants should provide certified copies of academic transcripts from all previous tertiary studies undertaken.
From 2013 international students must have an overall IELTS score of 7 with no band less than 7.
Please refer to the Faculty of Health section of the Future Students website and download appropriate forms for your course.
Tracking your application
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