Prepare for your final internship to become a practising psychologist, with a Master of Professional Psychology at VU.
Our graduate psychology program provides an APAC-accredited pathway to register for professional practice. It concludes five years of university training, to be followed by a required year of supervised psychology work outside the university.
The course is based on the scientist-practitioner model of professional training, combining advanced theory with practical classes in the following areas:
You'll undertake selected fieldwork placements, under the direct supervision of experienced psychologists.
After completion of this course, graduates will have the skills to proceed to a final year of supervised practice to enable them to gain generalist registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia through the '5+1 internship model' for registration.
The Master of Professional Psychology is currently accredited with conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist.
You'll benefit from hands-on experience in various applied work environments. Your work experience will be supported by intensive guidance through weekly supervision from teaching staff and external professionals in psychology.
Over two practicum units, you'll undertake at least 300 hours of supervised field placement at the Victoria University Psychology Clinic. Several of our units include role playing practitioner-client interactions in different settings.
The Master of Professional Psychology provides a pathway to registration as a psychologist.
After graduating, you can apply for an internship in psychology, as approved by the Psychology Board. Following completion of both this course and the internship you'll be eligible apply for registration as a generalist psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).
Aim for a psychology career in an area that suits your passions and interests:
Psychologists in Australia earn, on average, A$100,500 (JobOutlook).
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Appraise the contribution, demands and responsibilities of the role registered psychologists play in the delivery of comprehensive multidisciplinary health care systems;|
|2.||Critically analyse psychological problems from different perspectives and levels, including individual and family systems;|
|3.||Formulate evidence-based, appropriately complex, and effective intervention plans for clients with psychological difficulties;|
|4.||Critically review the professional literature to identify and apply best practice guidelines for intervention;|
|5.||Exhibit advanced interpersonal and communication skills to debate and elucidate complex ideas and to engage with diverse individuals and multiple stakeholders;|
|6.||Critically evaluate core ethical and professional conduct issues that practising psychologists are likely to encounter;|
|7.||Evaluate psychology intervention programs and critically assess their effectiveness.|
To attain the Master of Professional Psychology students will be required to complete 96 credit points of Core Professional Psychology studies.
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