Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists use psychological therapies and procedures to help clients overcome a range of problems including depression, addiction, anxiety, challenging behaviour, neurological disorders, serious and permanent mental ill health and learning disabilities.

Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychologist

Roles and responsibilities

What does a Clinical Psychologist do?
Clinical Psychologists may perform the following tasks:
  • Conduct community-focused psychosocial research
  • Assess the psychosocial needs of individuals, groups, organisations and residential communities
  • Conduct community consultation to inform public policy development
  • Enhance engagement and collaboration within a diverse community
  • Evaluate the processes and outcomes of community programs that address psychosocial needs
  • Coordinate systems to manage projects
  • Educate staff in community consultation skills
  • Provide counselling and advocacy for individuals and groups
  • Negotiate and mediate to manage and resolve conflict
  • Develop, facilitate and evaluate group-based intervention and education programs
  • Develop and conduct health promotion and education programs
  • Promote and manage attitudinal and behavioural social change in individuals, systems, organisations and communities.
What personal requirements will you need?
  • Empathy and a person-centred approach to clients
  • Tolerance of stress
  • The ability to recognise your own limitations and respond to difficult situations
  • The ability to apply your knowledge of academic psychology and research to clinical problems
  • The capacity to be critical and analytical and to work in a self-motivated, independent way
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to deal with people in distress
  • The ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines.
What does a Clinical Psychologist do?
Clinical Psychologists may perform the following tasks:
  • Conduct community-focused psychosocial research
  • Assess the psychosocial needs of individuals, groups, organisations and residential communities
  • Conduct community consultation to inform public policy development
  • Enhance engagement and collaboration within a diverse community
  • Evaluate the processes and outcomes of community programs that address psychosocial needs
  • Coordinate systems to manage projects
  • Educate staff in community consultation skills
  • Provide counselling and advocacy for individuals and groups
  • Negotiate and mediate to manage and resolve conflict
  • Develop, facilitate and evaluate group-based intervention and education programs
  • Develop and conduct health promotion and education programs
  • Promote and manage attitudinal and behavioural social change in individuals, systems, organisations and communities.
What personal requirements will you need?
  • Empathy and a person-centred approach to clients
  • Tolerance of stress
  • The ability to recognise your own limitations and respond to difficult situations
  • The ability to apply your knowledge of academic psychology and research to clinical problems
  • The capacity to be critical and analytical and to work in a self-motivated, independent way
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to deal with people in distress
  • The ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines.
Undergraduate Courses To Become

Clinical Psychologist

Required major/s to pursue this career
Postgraduate Courses To Become

Clinical Psychologist

Coursework courses to pursue this career
For entry into all postgraduate psychology programs you must complete Honours or equivalent in psychology from an approved university.