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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

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    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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    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.

  • David Joyce

    Psychologist

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    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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