- to provide excellence in clinical training so that graduates can take on leadership roles within the profession
- to provide theoretical knowledge and skills relevant to clinical psychology practice
- to provide skills in research & evaluation
- to provide a working knowledge of the medical, mental health & relevant systems where clinical psychologists are employed
The Clinical Psychology program at The University of Melbourne began in the early 1970's. The program enjoys an excellent reputation and is one of the premier clinical psychology programs in the country. The core objective is to provide graduates with the skills to work as professional clinical psychologists as well as a thorough grounding in the discipline of clinical psychology, particularly in the area of mental illness.
The program aims to produce students with a strong knowledge base in the 'organic' and 'functional' psychopathologies, combined with a high level of skill and acumen in the detection, assessment, and diagnosis and treatment of various psychological conditions. Therapeutic skills are taught primarily within a broad cognitive-behavioural framework within didactic, individual, and group-based clinical contexts. In their first year, all students see adult clients referred to The University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic. In addition, all students undertake second year field placements in adult mental health services and with children and their families at the Royal Children's Hospital and/or in related community treatment services for children and adolescents.