Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length

4 years full-time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016No fees defined
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016No fees defined
LevelHigher Degree Research
Faculty contacts

Applications must be submitted online via the applicant portal. Further information on the application process is available at the Apply for postgraduate by coursework website. Refer to the Additional Documentation website for more requirements.
Email psych-enquiries@deakin.edu.au

Other research enquiries should be directed to:

Research Administrator
Tel 03 9251 7174
hthres@deakin.edu.au

Refer to the Apply for a research degree website

CRICOS course code022556D
Deakin course code H951

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Interrelated steams of theory, research and practice provide the skills needed to become a registered psychologist.

Our award winning teaching strategies and learning resources, include simulation and competency-based assessment approaches.

The course is based on the scientist/practitioner model that rests firmly on a foundation of established knowledge and current evidence-based research.

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) covers clinical psychology across the lifespan and also includes a focus on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families.

You will have opportunities to develop clinical skills in our unique clinics imbedded in public mental health and through placements in an array of community agencies.

You will undertake a program of independent supervised research that makes a significant and original contribution to the knowledge and practice of clinical psychology.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and recognised by Psychology Board of Australia, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and its College of Clinical Psychologists. On completion of the course you may apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for registration as a psychologist and to the APS for full membership. To obtain membership of the Clinical College of the APS and endorsement by the Psychology Board of Australia as a clinical psychologist, students are required to complete one year of approved supervised practice and fulfil professional development requirements.

Note: This course is currently accredited at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for registration by the Psychology Board of Australia, and for membership of the APS and its Clinical College is subject to meeting the requirements of the regulatory body and the professional association. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.

Career opportunities

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. Graduates typically are employed in one of the many government and non-government agencies that employ clinical psychologists in either community or hospital settings. After some years of practice and clinical supervision, some clinical psychologists establish a private practice. 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.

Course rules

The course consists of 24 credit points of work covering three strands: theory, research and practice.

Course structure

The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) program is a full time course, designed for completion within four years. It is comprised of three inter-related strands of theory, research, and practice.

The coursework units are in the first and second trimesters (as indicated below), with placement and thesis components undertaken throughout the entire year (Trimesters 1, 2 and 3). In the later part of the third year and into the fourth year, students will focus on completion of their thesis. Some students will be ready to submit their thesis early.

The course formally commences in early February, when students are required to attend an orientation session and commence work on their thesis.

Level 1

Trimester 1

HPS914Studies in Psychopathology

HPS977Psychological Intervention 1

HPS976Issues in Professional Psychology

HPS979Psychological Assessment

Trimester 2

HPS906Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1

HPS908Psychological Intervention 2

HPS924Research Thesis A

HPS978Biological and Neuropsychological Perspectives on Disorder

Level 2

Trimester 1

HPS905Advanced Clinical Assessment

HPS907Advanced and Applied Research Methods

HPS909Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 2

HPS925Research Thesis B

Trimester 2

HPS912Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 3

HPS915Psychological Intervention 3

HPS926Research Thesis C

Level 3

Trimester 1

HPS916Psychological Intervention 4

HPS917Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 4

HPS927Research Thesis D

Trimester 2

HPS918Clinical Placement 5

HPS928Research Thesis E

Note: All coursework units have a hurdle requirement of 80% attendance. A pass grade in a unit requires satisfactory completion of each component assessed.


Placement program

Each individual student’s placement program will be worked out jointly by you, the placement coordinator, and the practitioners supervising the placements. The placements are designed to equip you with a range of professional skills and develop your awareness of professional issues. You will have placements in different settings, and will work with different populations, including adults and children. Contracts will be drawn up that specify goals, your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the placement supervisor. Placement supervisors are registered and endorsed psychologists, with expertise in supervision. Each placement requires the completion of the full component of days. Failure of any one placement may result in exclusion from the course.

Thesis

The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) is a research degree, and requires students to complete a thesis equivalent in conceptual complexity to the traditional research PhD, but of somewhat lesser size and scope. The thesis consists of two components: 1) a Major Investigative Project, involving a report on an empirical study or series of studies on a topic of relevance to clinical psychology and that can be undertaken by publication or in traditional form; and 2) a separate Portfolio of Case Reports that are written up in relation to a particular theme and in the context of a critical appraisal of relevant literature. Each student will work with a supervisory team to complete their thesis.

Entry requirements - specific

The pre-requisites for admission to the course are the completion of a four year major sequence of study in psychology that is APAC accredited and meets the requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist in Australia. The fourth year may be an honours year or a Graduate Diploma.

Entry is extremely competitive, based on academic results, relevant work experience, referees’ reports, personal statements and performance at interview before a panel of School selection staff. Applicants are required to have achieved a minimum honours grade of H2A in their fourth year of study, but ideally a H1 first class honours grade, or equivalent.

Closing dates

Applications for 2017 will close on 24 October 2016

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online via the applicant portal. Further information on the application process is available at the Apply for postgraduate coursework website. Refer to the Additional Documentation website for more requirements.
Email psych-enquiries@deakin.edu.au