Obtaining a clinical psychology qualification is both a challenging and rewarding study option. The clinical psychology training course at The University of Queensland is demanding, asking that its students obtain a solid understanding of clinical practice in their coursework, apply these principals in clinical placement settings and demonstrate a capacity to carry out clinical research. This training structure reflects the scientist-practitioner philosophy of this program.
Our students reap many benefits from this rich and demanding program environment. They have the opportunity to specialize within their professional doctoral degrees in areas such as health psychology, neuropsychology and clinical geropsychology. They have an opportunity to train and see clients as part of the School of Psychology’s Child and Family Psychology Clinic, which offers a range of programs including the internationally recognised Triple P - Positive Parenting Program. They can complete their research theses in one of the School’s outstanding research laboratories (e.g. Early Cognitive Development Unit, Perception and Action Laboratory, Emotion, Learning and Psychophysiology Laboratory) or research groups (e.g. Psychological Aspects of Ageing Research Cluster).
The University of Queensland offer rich resources for the student studying clinical psychology. Our Cybrary is a powerful support for flexible learning, empowering students in a sometimes daunting world of potential information overload. A key component of the Cybrary is “a single integrated Web interface to all Library collections and services - a ‘virtual library’ in a ‘wired university’ - combining the traditional with the innovative” (Denise Frost, 1999).
Students also have access to our School of Psychology Resources Centre, which has a wide variety of assessment materials, books and manuals, and journals relating to clinical psychology and specialist areas like pediatric psychology, geropsychology and neuropsychology.
Students training to practice have available a wide range of internship and externship experiences in community, outpatient and inpatient settings to gain maximum exposure to patient populations. Given this broad level of didactic and practical experience, our students go on to take up a range of jobs in these settings, and also overseas. In particular our course structure for our professional doctorate degrees allows for students to apply to gain acceptance to the British Psychological Society.