4. Clinical Programs Specialisations
For many students, commencing the specialisations is a particularly exciting time. Indeed, for many of you, this year will provide you with an opportunity to finally begin to develop advanced skills and to obtain experience in your chosen field within clinical psychology. We hope that the remaining time in the course will continue to be fulfilling and enjoyable.
- First, we shall endeavour to conduct the specialisations in a manner consistent with your level of professional development. As such, our expectations are high as we expect that you will be operating as professionals.
- Second, the advanced placement experiences are intended to essentially parallel the experiences you will experience as beginning psychologists. To the extent possible, these experiences will allow you to work with an increasing level of independence, while you are still under supervision.
- Third, you are encouraged to openly and freely discuss any concerns you may have about the coursework, placement, or supervision, with the specialisation coordinators, placement coordinator or course convenor. While sometimes uncomfortable, such is a necessary aspect of any profession. Certainly, we do not anticipate any foreseen difficulties, but if something does arise, please bring it to our attention immediately.
Training in clinical psychology includes advanced speciality training and consists of seminars, workshops, and ongoing clinical training. Students will hone their clinical skills, including the conceptualisation, assessment, and treatment of complex clinical cases. There is an emphasis on teaching concepts, models and methodologies that can be applied in a variety of settings to diverse populations and presentations. The seminars, assessment tasks and clinical training components of the specialisation will be interrelated.
A feature of the course is that its training in clinical neuropsychology is extended through specialisation in a choice of areas. Candidates undertake an advanced specialised placement in their third year, which enables them to gain more specialised knowledge and experience in an area of their choice. Depending upon candidate demand, options may include:
- rehabilitation, with its focus on assessment and management in a rehabilitation context
- neurology, with its focus on assessment and management in a neurological context
- child and adolescent neuropsychology, with its focus upon assessment and management of children and adolescents with neurological disorders
- geriatric neuropsychology, with its focus on assessment and management of elderly persons with neurological and psychiatric disorders
- psychiatric neuropsychology, with its focus on assessment and management of adults with a primary mental illness