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