Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Why are there changes?

As part of the regular process of reaccreditation of our courses by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), all our courses have been revised to address the new accreditation standards released in 2019 and to respond to feedback from students about some of the things you would like to see.

What are the changes to my course?

We will be releasing more detailed information about this in Trimester 3, but some of the highlights include:

  • The program will allow students the opportunity to complete an independent research project, embedded in professional practice units to help prepare graduates with research skills that are applied.
  • The practicum units have been redesigned to scaffold the development of competencies across the duration of the program. The first practicum unit is simulation based, providing students the opportunity to undertake structured observations and guided role-plays. The second practicum unit involves direct client contact and provides the opportunity for placement within an external organisation.

  • In the second year it will focus explicitly on working with people affected by serious mental health problems and the specific skills needed for a career in clinical psychology.

What do I need to do?

If you will complete your studies by the end of the year, there is nothing you need to do! If you will still have units to complete in 2021 or beyond, it would be helpful to review your Trimester 3 enrolments so that you are in the best position when the course transitions. There is more about this in the section below.

Are there things I should think about in planning my enrolments in Trimester 3?

We are currently reviewing everyone’s enrolments this trimester and planned enrolments for Trimester 3 to ensure that this transition will go smoothly for you. If we notice anything about your plans that we think you should consider changing, we will be in touch, however if you are studying full time please enrol in the standard full-time progression in Trimester 3. If you are not studying full-time, please consult with your course coordinator about whether you will need to vary your study plans.

When will we know more?

We will be releasing further information about the programs, including a study planner for 2021 and beyond and a transition planning tool that will help you identify what units you will need to complete in the revised program to complete your studies, around census in Trimester 3. Check back for updates on your course here.

I have a question. Who can I ask?

We have organised a dedicated email address for any questions you may have. Please email us at psychologytransition@acap.edu.au and one of the team will respond as soon as possible.