Graduates of the Cairnmillar Institute’s courses in clinical psychology are highly sought after for their academic acumen and professional suitability. They have an appreciation of the breadth and depth of psychological practice and are creative and flexible in their thinking. Graduates are committed to working within the scientist-practitioner model and to using interventions and assessments that have been empirically validated. They are familiar with working with a range of clients and severity of client presentations. Their practice is ethical and culturally sensitive. Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology (Post-Registration) have developed skills in each of the areas listed below, preparing them to commence the PsyBA Registrar Program.

Students who satisfactorily complete the Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration) will have achieved advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas of study:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a select range of empirically validated interventions suitable for use with adults, older adults, adolescents and children.
  • Perform interventions in an effective and ethical manner and to be able to evaluate therapeutic outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of interventions used with clients who have complex presentations.
  • Demonstrate an expert understanding of a topic relevant to clinical psychology. This understanding is exhibited by the ability to: interpret previous findings and developments relevant to their research in clinical psychology, and devise an original research project that is based on sound and current research methods.
  • Conduct a high quality research project independently and ethically, and be able to disseminate findings to both specialist and non-specialist groups.
  • Produce a cohesive research output relevant to Clinical Psychology.
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient written and oral communication skills.
  • Relate appropriately to a range of clients and professionals across academic and clinical settings.
  • Develop competence in working in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner with clients from diverse backgrounds, especially with clients of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Deliver a range of psychological services appropriate to adults, children, adolescents and older adults.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of reflective self-practice and the ability to implement constructive feedback in order to improve clinical practice.