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Psychology Qualifications and Endorsement

logoboardpsychologyIn Australia, general registration to practice as a psychologist requires completion of a minimum of six years of training comprising under-graduate and/or post-graduate university training and supervised practice.

Registration in an area of practice endorsement (AoPE) requires an additional two years of advanced training approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) (total 8 years training) and entitles those psychologists to use the protected title associated with an AoPE (e.g. Forensic Psychologist).  Registrars are generally registered psychologists who have completed an accredited Masters or Doctorate degree (or equivalent) and are completing a PsyBA-approved Registrar program to attain registration in an AoPE.

It is important to note that possessing (or not possessing) an AoPE does not restrict a psychologist’s scope or trade of practice. Registered psychologists can work in any area of psychology they have developed the requisite competencies in via ongoing education and training, practice experience and professional supervision, beyond academic training. AoPE is merely a mechanism for identifying psychologists who have advanced training in one or more of the nine AoPEs recognised in the National Law (there are many other areas of practice!).

Q-Psych psychologists have AoPEs, or are completing their registrar program towards an AoPE, in the following areas (these descriptions were published by the Psychology Board of Australia in their Guidelines on AoPE, August 2011).

Clinical psychologists use their knowledge of psychology and mental health for the assessment, diagnosis, formulation, treatment, and prevention of psychological problems and mental illness across the lifespan. They research psychological problems, and use their psychological knowledge to develop scientifically based approaches to improve mental health and well-being (p 13).

Educational and developmental psychologists use their knowledge of psychology, learning and development, to assist children, young persons, adults and older adults regarding their learning, academic performance, behavioural, social and emotional development. They research and evaluate intellectual, social, and emotional strengths and problems, and use their psychological and scientific knowledge to improve methods for helping people live more fulfilling and productive lives (p 16).

Forensic psychologists use their knowledge of psychology and the law, and have the forensic skills, to understand legal and justice issues and to generate legally relevant and useful psychological data that enable them to provide services to those who administer law and justice; or make legally relevant decisions about people in other contexts; or are involved in situations that have legal and justice implications (p 18).

Health psychologists use their knowledge of psychology and health, particularly across the spectrum from well-being to illness, to foster health promotion, public health, and clinical assessment and interventions relevant to health and illness. Health psychologists provide psychological services that aim to prevent or treat acute and chronic illnesses. They use their psychological knowledge of disease prevention and health promotion methods to support communities and individuals, both in multidisciplinary teams and through individual consultations (p 24).

Find out more about our team of psychologists, here.

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