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Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology

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Program Code 11704
Graduate Level Postgraduate
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UAC Code UAC Website
CRICOS Code 062577A
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Description

The Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology is a professional qualification for those who wish to work as Clinical Psychologists or Health Psychologists. It aims to educate psychologists who can apply psychological research and methods to: the prevention and management of disease and mental disorder; the promotion and maintenance of (mental) health; the identification of psychological factors contributing to illness and disorder; and the improvement of the health care system and health policy. The program has been approved by the College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Health Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for the purpose of determining eligibility for college membership.

This program is currently under review for AQF compliance, and is available only to students who commenced in the program prior to 2013. There will be no further intake to the program. Courses in the program will still be available for students currently enrolled in the program, until all students have met requirements to qualify for the degree.

Why study with us?

This degree is the first in Australia to offer graduates Australian Psychological Society (APS) membership to both the Clinical College and the Health College. It is also the first accredited training program in Health Psychology in New South Wales.

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities for Clinical Psychologists and Health Psychologists in Area Health Services (both mental health and physical health) and other government agencies such as the Department of Community Services and the Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care, as well as in non-government organisations and in the private sectors. By having dual college membership, Clinical/Health psychologists will have the skills to work within clinical settings with individual patients and/or their families, and will also be equipped to work as health promotion practitioners across a variety of settings.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the degree would be available to graduates who meet the following requirements: 1. Hold a four-year degree (or an equivalent three year/one year postgraduate combination) in Psychology that has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council; 2. Eligibility for provisional registration with NSW Psychologists Registration Board; 3. Satisfy the School of Psychology of their suitability for the professional practice of Clinical and Health Psychology and their ability to conduct doctoral level research; 4. Applicants would normally be expected to have had several years of relevant professional experience. i.e. helping people with physical and/or mental health problems or otherwise work with children, adolescents, adults or the elderly. Selection criteria will also be based on applicants demonstrating a clear understanding of Clinical and Health Psychology and the areas in which a Clinical and Health Psychologist might work. When evaluating suitability, the School will take into account previous relevant experience, reports of referees, units of study previously completed, and the outcome of a selection interview. Selection criteria will also be based on applicants demonstrating a clear understanding of Clinical Psychology and the areas in which a Clinical Psychologist might work.

This program is currently under review for AQF compliance, and is available only to students who commenced in the program prior to 2013. There will be no further intake to the program. Courses in the program will still be available for students currently enrolled in the program, until all students have met requirements to qualify for the degree.

Selection Criteria

Desirable criteria include research experience additional to Honours and involvement with professional organisations (eg. APAC or Australian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine).

All applicants are required to submit a professional portfolio directly to the University in addition to the application lodged through UAC.

The professional portfolio must include an application cover letter, a resume, and appropriate attachments. The attachments will include reports from referees and certified copies of university transcripts

Credit Transfer

The Pro Vice Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board may grant credit for coursework units if (a) they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding components of the Doctoral program, and (b) they were completed within the previous five years in a program accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Credit may be granted for the prior award of a Masters degree in Health Psychology or Clinical Psychology (or equivalents) accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council but only to a maximum of 120 units, and no credit may be granted for a previous research thesis.

Practical Experience

The approval guidelines of both the College of Clinical and the College of Health Psychologists (of the Australian Psychological Society) stipulate that students must spend at least 1500 hours in placements. This requirement will be met with five of the courses within the program being devoted to placements, with the last one (500 hours) being referred to as an ‘internship’.

Professional Accreditation

This degree program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and has approval from the College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Health Psychologists, for the purposes of determining eligibility for membership of the College.

International Students

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements.

It is also a requirement of the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) that all non-Australian qualifications, including qualifications from New Zealand, are assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for assessment of overseas academic qualifications in psychology. For a fee of $AUD 600, the APS determines the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are equivalent to an Australian program of study that has been accredited by the Society.

A telephone interview may be offered, but International students are asked to arrange access to a computer with a webcam and SKYPE. International students are asked to include on their letter of application a SKYPE address and the landline telephone number that they will be contactable on during the interview period.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner. Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/index.html for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/about-the-centre/learning-development/ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Support and Development Service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

To qualify for graduation with the Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology, a candidate shall satisfactorily complete a program of study totaling not less than 250 units, comprising: Five placements (each 10 units), Research and Research-Related courses (80 units), and twelve Compulsory taught Courses (120 units). The placements are available in a wide range of settings, and the placement supervisors are qualified Psychologists who are eligible for membership of the College of Health Psychologists or the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. One of the research courses is a compulsory course on research methods (10 units), whilst the others comprise an individual research project undertaken under supervision. The project must make an original and significant contribution of merit to scientific knowledge and must address a topic relevant to Clinical Health Psychology. The taught courses include: health and psychology, professional and ethical practice, introduction to health promotion, counselling and clinical interventions, health program evaluation; motivating health behaviour change, facilitating best practice health care, advanced population health psychology, clinical psychology of adults, children, and adolescents, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment.

Transition Arrangements

For students who have commenced this program prior to 2011, you are advised to contact your Program Officer or Program Convenor to discuss individual transition arrangements.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
HPRO6715 Foundations of Health Promotion
Not to count with HPRO6710
Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
HPRO6900 Health Program Evaluation Semester 2 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6145 Motivating Health Behaviour Change Semester 1 - 2014 (GradSchool) 10 units
PSYC6501 Professional and Ethical Practice Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6502 Counselling and Clinical Intervention Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6503 Clinical Psychology with Adults Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6504 Psychology Clinic Placement Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6505 Research Development Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6506 Clinical Psychology with Children and Families Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6507 Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6508 Psychology Placement 2 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6509 Advanced Clinical Psychology with Adults Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6510 Advanced Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6511 Research Project 1 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6512 Psychology Placement 3 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6515 Research Project 2 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6516 Psychology Placement 4 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6517 Psychology Placement 5 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6518 Research Project 3 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6519 Research Project 4 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6520 Research Project 5 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6521 Research Project 6 Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6523 Research Project (Doctorate Final) Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6601 Health and Psychology Semester 1 - 2014 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
PSYC6606 Facilitating Best Practice Health Care Semester 2 - 2014 (DIST_CAL) 10 units