Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

***  This program is currently suspended and will not be offered for admission in 2019 ***

The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) is a three year (full-time) program of coursework, clinical placements (1,500 hours) and a research thesis (30,000 words). This program is designed for those who wish to gain a more advanced training in clinical psychology than that available via the Master of Clinical Psychology program. As well as the extra professional training, this program also provides extra training in research skills via the increased research component.

The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) program aims to develop effective clinical competencies and to encourage a critical approach to the application of these competencies to practice. The emphasis is on a science-based approach to clinical psychology and the development of clinical problem solving skills, with a focus on scientific evidence combined with practical experience based on the theory of clinical psychology.

The programs include the three components of formal coursework, supervised clinical practice (internships) and original clinical research. Students complete the first and second year of coursework with additional coursework requirements in the third year.

Beginning in June/July of their first year, students undertake supervised clinical practice in the ANU Psychology Clinic. Subsequently they undertake two or more supervised clinical placements external to ANU. Internships are undertaken, in addition to the ANU Psychology Clinic, in a variety of community and hospital based settings within Canberra or nearby country areas, and include community health centres, general hospital, psychiatric and medical units, neurology and neuropsychology services, veterans' counselling services, alcohol and drug services and school counselling units.

Immediately following their acceptance into the Doctorate (Clinical) program, students also commence a program of clinical research resulting in the presentation of a major thesis (equivalent in size and scope to a research-only Masters thesis) for external examination at the end of the third year of study.


Career prospects

The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) program is accredited for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). It is also accredited for membership of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society though, as with all accredited postgraduate clinical programs, a further two years supervised clinical practice may be necessary before full membership is given, depending on past clinical experience. In addition, this program fulfils the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia.

Updated:  12 December 2018/Responsible Officer:  Director, RSP/Page Contact:  Web Admin, RSP