The Psychology Clinic provides mental health services to the community and also functions as an advanced teaching, training and research facility for postgraduate students (Provisional Psychologists) in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program at USC.
Through their training in the Psychology Clinic, Provisional Psychologists develop knowledge and skills necessary to work as professional clinical psychologists.
The Provisional Psychologists are in their 5th year of professional training, are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and hold Blue Cards.
All clinical work undertaken by Provisional Psychologists in the Psychology Clinic is supervised by experienced Clinical Psychologists. These supervisors are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. They are members (or eligible for membership) of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
The Psychology Clinic offers a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which has been shown, through extensive research over many years, to be a very effective treatment for a wide range of problems.
The range of psychological problems that can be managed in the Psychology Clinic include:
- anxiety, stress, panic attacks and phobias
- adjustment difficulties
- grief and bereavement
- stress and trauma
- alcohol and cannabis misuse
- cognitive assessment
Psychological services are available to adults, adolescents and children from age 6. The Psychology Clinic is happy to provide assessments and recommendations in collaboration with GPs, clinicians and other therapists who may continue to work with the children, adolescents or adults who attend the clinic.
Before commencing treatment each psychologist develops, in consultation with the client, a detailed, individualised treatment plan.