Clinical Psychology Post Graduate training at UWA

Clinical Psychology Post Graduate
Training at UWA
Revised DPsych programme
DPsych (Clinical and
Clinical Neuropsychology)
(Education and
DPsych (Clinical)
3 tracks
Two Programs
• MPsych/PhD (clinical)
Approximately 4 years full time (72 points + PhD)
48 points of teaching units
24 of practicum units
PhD research (3 years FTE)
• DPsych (clinical, with tracks)
Approximately 3 years full time (96 points + 48 res)
66 points of teaching units
30 of practicum units
48 points of DPsych research (1 year FTE)
Coursework: Year 1
• Foundations in Clinical Skills 1
• Foundations in Clinical Skills 2
• Assessment and Intervention
– Childhood disorders
• Assessment and Intervention
– Emotional disorders
• Thesis preparation (DPsych - only)
• Thesis proposal (DPsych - only)
MPsych/PhDs prepare proposal with supervisor
Coursework: Year 2
• Assessment and Intervention
- Adult complex disorders
• Assessment and intervention
- Working with and through others
• Methods and analysis of change
• Select one of:
– Neuropsychology
– Pediatric psychology
– Health psychology
• Case Presentations
• MPsych students spread these out across Yrs 2 & 3
Coursework: Year 3
Further optional advanced units in:
1. Neuropsychology
e.g. brain injury, rehabilitation, stroke, dementia
2. Pediatric psychology
e.g. neuropsychology and psychopathology
3. Health psychology
e.g. physical health, pain, PNI, medical
decision making
First Practicum
• Clinical work commences with intensive
skills and professional training in the School
of Psychology’s Robin Winkler Clinic within
the Psychology Hub
• Students see their first clients in the Robin
Winkler Clinic, towards the end of Sem 1
• Students have opportunities to gain
experience in:
– Individual and Group therapy (e.g., Social Phobia, Weight
Management, Smoking Cessation)
– Clinical assessments (e.g. neuropsychological assessment of
individuals with autism, Parkinson’s, ID, children)
External Practica
• Students complete three placements
in agencies external to the School of
• One of these is a "capstone”
placement with more intensive
experience in your chosen track
• There is a wide range of placement
External Placements
Royal Perth Rehab Hospital
SCGH (Pain)
RPH Changes Program
(Personality Disorder Program)
PMH Family Pathways
PMH Eating Disorders
Perth Clinic (Adult)
Hollywood Hospital
Centre for Clinical Interventions
Bentley Clinic (Adult)
Avro Clinic (Adult)
UWA Counselling
Occupational Services
Head Injury Unit (SGGH)
Selby Lodge (Gerontology)
Next Step (Alcohol & drugs)
Juvenile Justice
CDC Midland, Perth
Bentley CAMHS
DSC Autism
Hillarys CAMHS
Child Protection - Perth
Mirabooka Clinic (Adult)
Registration post qualification
• All students (DPsych and MPsych/PhD) will
be eligible for registration by the Clinical
• DPsych students following the Neuro track
should meet the teaching component
requirements but may require additional
practicum hours, post qualification to be
eligible for registration by the Clinical
Neuropsychology College
Prize Winning Publications:
Best UWA 2011 Publications Awards
Byrne, Shannon. L., Hooke, G. R.,
& Page, A. C. (2010). Readmission: A
useful indicator of the quality of inpatient
psychiatric care. Journal of Affective
Disorders, 126, 206-213.
Robinson, Monique.,
Oddy, W. H.,
McLean, N. J., Jacoby, P., Pennell, C. E., de
Klerk, N. H., Zubrick, S. R., Stanley, F. J., &
Newnham, J. P. (2010). Low–moderate
prenatal alcohol exposure and risk to child
behavioural development: A prospective
cohort study. BJOG: An International Journal
of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 117, 1139–1152.
• Competitive but not impossible!
• Intake of around 15-20 students
• Academic record and personal
suitability considered
• Interview includes a “clinical” task and
a “research” task
Career Destinations
• Excellent employment options
Health Department
Community Development
Disability Services
Private health clinics/hospitals
Private Practice

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