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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What's the difference between a Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist

    Can someone please explain the difference?
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    Dr Melissa Ree

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Melissa Ree is an Insomnia and Anxiety specialist. She has worked in both clinical and research roles at private psychiatric hospitals and Universities in ... View Profile

    Hello,

    A Psychologist has 4 years of University training (either a Bachelor of Science/Arts with Honours or a Bachelor of Psychology) plus two years supervised practice in the field.

    A Clinical Psychologist has at least 6 years of University training: As above plus a two year Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, or a three year Doctor of Psychology, or a 4 year combined masters/PhD. Clinical psychologist also have to complete 18months-2 years supervised practice after University. The post graduate training focuses on Clinical Psychology  (ie diagnosis and treatment).

    Hope this clarifies things for you. 

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    Joseph Gagliano

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    Specialise in anxiety depression fear of flying compensable injuries View Profile

    Clarification is really important.

    Many Psychologists have Masters in COunselling Psychology, Educational, etc. Their qualifications and experinece are equivalent but different to clinical psychologists,

    The reason many people go to clinical psychologists is due to the artificial difference in rebates set by the govenment in 2006,2007.

    The difference was for clients of psychologists who were eligible for the clinical college of the APS (an interest group at the time). The only difference in my Masters (Counselling) compared to Clinical Masters at the university I studied was 1 semester subject - administrsation of 2 extra tests for the Clinicals compared to extra subject on how to counsel, treat clients for Counselling. Otherwise the study and placement hours were exactly the same.

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    My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease ... View Profile

    Adding a bit to what Dr Ree wrote:

    Both “psychologist” and “clinical psychologist” are legally-protected terms.

    That means that only people who have completed the training that Dr Ree has described are legally allowed to use those job labels.

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    David Joyce

    Psychologist

    David is an experienced psychologist with a calm, confident, and professional manner. He has broad experience working with clients of all ages and is a ... View Profile

    And to add...Medicare rebates available under a Mental Health Care Plan (i.e. a GP referral) are higher for services delivered by a Clinical Psychologist than for a Psychologist.

    And Psycholgists may have five years of University training plus a sixth year of supervised practice.

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    Joseph Gagliano

    Psychologist

    Specialise in anxiety depression fear of flying compensable injuries View Profile

    Clarification is really important.

    Many Psychologists have Masters in COunselling Psychology, Educational, etc. Their qualifications and experinece are equivalent but different to clinical psychologists,

    The reason many people go to clinical psychologists is due to the artificial difference in rebates set by the govenment in 2006,2007.

    The difference was for clients of psychologists who were eligible for the clinical college of the APS (an interest group at the time). The only difference in my Masters (Counselling) compared to Clinical Masters at the university I studied was 1 semester subject - administrsation of 2 extra tests for the Clinicals compared to extra subject on how to counsel, treat clients for Counselling. Otherwise the study and placement hours were exactly the same.

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