Accredited and approved Masters/Doctorate degree programs in clinical psychology:
The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) is the current accrediting body for all Australian university psychology courses (this activity was previously conducted by the APS). APAC comprises representatives of the Council of Psychologists Registration Boards of Australia (CPRB) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The highest standard of clinical psychology training in Australia is provided within postgraduate (Masters/Doctorate) clinical psychology degree programs that have been, a) accredited by APAC and b) given approval as specialist clinical psychology degree programs by the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
APAC-accredited professional psychology Masters/Doctorate degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a specialisation other than clinical psychology:
A Masters or Doctoral level professional psychology degree in a specialisation other than clinical psychology that has been accredited by APAC. Where necessary, the equivalence of overseas qualifications will be assessed by the APS. Note that, for processing purposes, this term encompasses overseas Masters/Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology.
Australian Psychological Society (APS):
The APS is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, comprising more than 18,000 members.
APS College of Clinical Psychologists:
One of the member groups within the APS - the APS College of Clinical Psychologists maintains the highest standards for clinical psychology training in Australia.
Photocopies of documentation must be certified as true copies of the original by one of the following: Member of the Society, accountant, Justice of the Peace, pharmacist, physiotherapist, police officer, psychologist. Each photocopied page should be marked 'certified as a true copy of the original' and include the signature and printed name of the certifying officer, as listed above. The certifying officer must not be a family member or spouse.
In the present context, a clinical psychologist is defined as a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists or someone whose eligibility for College membership can be demonstrated.
Mental health setting:
A context where the majority of services are being provided to clients with a mental health disorder (either as a primary or secondary diagnosis). Applicants claiming private practice as a mental health setting must provide a statutory declaration indicating the hours per week of private practice work, and stating that the majority of their clients warrant a mental health disorder diagnosis.
Registered with specialist clinical psychologist title in Western Australia:
The Psychologists' Board of Western Australia defines specialist clinical psychologist using criteria that are consistent with the criteria used by the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Psychologists who currently hold such specialist registration are deemed to be eligible for membership of the College.
Supervised experience for registration:
Formal supervision by a registered psychologist to meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist.
Supervision from a clinical psychologist:
Supervision is typically understood as occurring in individual, face-to-face sessions with the clinical psychologist (see definition above). However, up to 25% can be provided in a group format, and remote supervision (e.g., via telephone) may be acceptable in some cases (e.g. rural locations).
Under the auspices of a clinical psychologist:
Under normal circumstances, a clinical psychologist will directly provide supervision. In some settings this may not be possible (e.g., remote locations, or mental health settings without a clinical psychologist on staff), in which case it may be appropriate for regular supervision to be provided by an appropriately experienced mental health professional (e.g., psychiatrist, social worker with mental health qualifications and experience) with a clinical psychologist providing secondary supervision.