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Graduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology

Course Description

Specialised training

Gain advanced training in clinical psychology, as well as a detailed knowledge of the tools and techniques used by clinical psychologists, with our Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology program. You will also:
*Learn how to assess and diagnose child and adult psychopathology;
*learn about the various treatment options
*gain an understanding of the interaction between physical health and psychological health.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology, graduates will be able to:
*Integrate specialised theoretical and technical knowledge in the field of clinical psychology and related areas of clinical practice
*Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of professional practice, interventions and interactions
*Analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge and evidence bases underpinning clinical practice
*Apply advanced English language, and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate complex knowledge, concepts, data and arguments, appropriate for a variety of audiences
*Exercise high-level judgement and initiative to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse clinical practice contexts.

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Course articulation

Candidates who achieve a Distinction average in all subjects, and who otherwise satisfy the requirements, may apply for admission to the Master of Psychology or Graduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology or Graduate Diploma of Geropsychology, and receive full advanced standing for subjects completed.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3c - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 7.0), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Who is this course for?

Our Postgraduate Certificate program is designed for psychologists who have completed an APS-accredited four-year training sequence and are seeking specialised postgraduate training.
Please note, this course provides fifth-year credentials and does not provide an APAC accredited fourth-year equivalent.

Why JCU?

The Department of Psychology at James Cook University has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and the friendliness, helpfulness, accessibility and approachability of its academic and general staff.
Tutorial classes are amongst the smallest in the country, providing the opportunity for personalized assistance. The Department has very well-equipped, modern facilities on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses and excellent research infrastructure.

Application deadlines

• Last Friday in October for commencement in semester one (February) the following year

Visit the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of a first or second class honours degree accredited by the Australian Psychological Society or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution; or Completion of a four-year degree or a postgraduate diploma accredited by the Australian Psychological Society, achieved at a level which is deemed by the Head of School to be at least equivalent to a second class honours degree; or Completion of at least a bachelor degree in an appropriate discipline and, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, adequate experience and/or training and academic competence to succeed in the course.

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