Graduates of the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) develop skills in each of the areas listed below so as to be able to commence the Psychology Board of Australia’s Registrar Program after they graduate, which will allow them to go on to full registration as a psychologist with an area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology.

Knowledge of the Discipline

  • Implement core clinical psychology principles across a range of settings.
  • Assess and diagnose a variety of clinical presentations with reference to the DSM 5.
  • Interpret current research on psychopathology and apply this to formulate appropriate intervention and assessment protocols.


Ethical, Legal and Professional Matters

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Australian Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics as well as relevant legislation that informs current professional practice.
  • Apply ethical principles to professional practice.

Psychological Assessment and Measurement

  • Develop knowledge of a broad range of assessment measures and understand the theoretical frameworks and psychometric properties that support their empirical validation.
  • Demonstrate an ability to administer, score, interpret and write up specific assessment batteries.

Intervention Strategies

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a select range of empirically validated interventions suitable for use with adults and children.
  • Perform interventions in an effective and ethical manner and to be able to evaluate therapeutic outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of interventions used for work with clients who have complex presentations.

Research and Evaluation

  • Demonstrate an expert understanding of a particular topic relevant to Clinical Psychology. This understanding is exhibited by: the development of the intellectual skills necessary to interpret previous findings and developments relevant to their research in clinical psychology and the ability to devise and implement an original research project that is based on sound and current research methods.
  • Conduct high quality research independently and ethically and be able to disseminate findings to both specialist and non-specialist groups.
  • Produce an extended research thesis that makes a unique contribution to existing scholarship in an area of clinical psychology.

Communication and Interpersonal Relationships

  • Demonstrate effective and efficient written and oral communication skills.
  • Relate appropriately to a range of clients and mental health professionals across academic and clinical settings.

Working within a Cross Cultural Context

  • Develop competence in working in a culturally sensitive manner with clients from diverse backgrounds.

Practice across the Lifespan

  • Deliver a range of psychological services appropriate to adults, children, adolescents and older adults.

Supervision and Reflective Self-Practice

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of reflective self-practice and the ability to implement constructive feedback in order to improve clinical practice.
  • Recognise the dynamics of the supervisory relationship in preparation for potential roles as supervisors and leaders in the field of clinical psychology.