PSYC71-404: Clinical Psychology


This subject introduces students to the history of clinical psychology and current practices in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking and the scientist-practitioner model through the examination of clinical psychology research methods and evidence-based therapies for adults, children, families, and groups. This subject also covers professional practice and ethical issues in clinical psychology.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of major concepts and historical trends in clinical psychology, and knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidence approaches to psychological intervention.
2. Demonstrate practical skills in laboratory based and other psychological research.
3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes.
4. Explain how the science and practice of clinical psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts, and act ethically.
5. Write a standard psychological report using APA structure and formatting conventions.
6. Understand and apply psychological principles to social and personal issues.


Only available if admitted into a Postgraduate Psychology accredited program