Psychology

Are you fascinated by human behaviour or interested in the way the mind works? Careers in psychology can open doors to diverse careers. Psychologists are employed across several industries including health care and social assistance, education and training, public administration and safety, and administrative and support services.

CSU prepares students for careers as psychologists in a range of fields. As a psychologist, you will be open to career opportunities where you could become a counsellor, research assistant, human resource consultant, market researcher, health and social welfare worker, or a professional psychologist. Students can tailor their education and degree to focus on areas that appeal to their interests.

Postgraduate study will complement your professional and career development, with many careers enhanced by a greater knowledge of psychological principles. Research and data analysis skills are highly valued in the workplace. If you are interested in pursuing or further developing a career that requires interaction with people, you will also benefit from further study of psychology.

Our psychology students have access to CSU’s Test Library at Bathurst Campus where they can access psychology tests, equipment and other reference material, books, journals, videos, DVDs and education and testing materials.

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Clinical neuropsychologists specialise in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of people affected by brain dysfunctions. This is a respected career area where you will have a strong impact on people’s lives. A career in clinical neuropsychology will offer opportunities to work closely with people who suffer from cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of brain-based conditions. You may have opportunities to help patients including those who have been affected by a traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain infections, learning disorders, autism-spectrum conditions, drug and alcohol use, and psychiatric disorders. Clinical neuropsychologists can also help those directly affected, including family members and carers, to better understand brain-based conditions.

Career opportunities

Clinical neuropsychologists often work in a broad range of settings, including acute and large public hospitals, rehabilitation centers, aged care programs, psychiatric settings and pediatric facilities. You may also choose to work in private practice, consultancy and educational institutions.

Professional recognition

CSU’s psychology courses are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council for the purpose of full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and have been approved by the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. You will be eligible to apply for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia after completing your degree.

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Clinical Psychologists

Clinical psychology is the single largest employment area within psychology, with many employment opportunities available for qualified professionals. Clinical Psychologists specialise in the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of serious psychological and general health problems. Clinical psychologists treat some of the most severe psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. In addition to working with clients, clinical psychologists have to keep detailed records of client assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic goals and treatment notes.

Career opportunities

Clinical psychologists often work in public or private hospitals, mental health clinics, private practice or academic settings. Clinicians are trained in a range of techniques and theoretical approaches. Some specialise in treating certain psychological disorders. Specialty areas within clinical psychology include child mental health, adult mental health, learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, substance abuse, geraritrics and health psychology.

Opportunities exist within local and state government for postgraduate psychologists with jobs in correctional facilities, mental health clinics, public hospitals, and social service offices. Related career opportunities include rehabilitation counsellor, social service manager, parole officer, vocational rehabilitation provider and psychosocial specialist.

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Community Psychologist

If you have strong values and a passion for your community a career as a community psychologist could be for you. Community psychologists develop and evaluate community-based programs. They have specific training and experience in understanding and supporting the needs of people within the community with a strong focus on the strengths and competencies of community members.

Community psychologists value human differences and are committed to core principles of flexibility, equity and respect for cultural diversity in meeting the needs of different communities. They work in partnership with people, groups and organisations to help them achieve their goals and minimise or prevent individual and community problems. You will conduct assessments and implement appropriate interventions and provide support for others.

Career opportunities

As a community psychologist, you will work with people from all walks of life in a variety of community settings. Career opportunities exist in the private and public, government and non-government sectors, community organisations and groups. You may work for universities, research institutes, schools, TAFE, hospitals, health clinics, justice systems, not-for-profit organisations, in the corporate field or private practice.

Postgraduate careers in community psychology tend to focus in areas such as ethical practice, legal and professional matters, psychological assessment and measurement, intervention strategies and research and evaluation. Career options include senior psychology roles in academia, a variety of health professions, media, government departments and private consultancies.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is accredited as a four-year psychology course by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

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Counselling Psychologist

Are you interested in a career where you can work closely with individuals and groups to work through problems and achieve results? Counselling psychologists help adults, children and families explore and resolve problems in everyday living. They support and assist people with a wide variety of problems, including marriage, family, emotional, educational and substance abuse issues.

Career opportunities

Counselling psychologists can be found in a range of settings including private practice, government and non-government organisations, hospitals and educational institutions. Typical work settings include K-12 schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, mental health clinics and private practice offices.

With higher level skills, postgraduate students can expect higher roles in relationship and / or family counselling centres, community-oriented general counselling services, community health institutions, secondary and post-secondary education counselling services, rehabilitation counselling services, organisational staff counselling services, private practice, human services training and research and evaluation opportunities.

Professional recognition

While requirements vary, almost all states require at least a Masters degree in order to become a licensed counsellor. You must register with the Psychology Board of Australia for any position that includes the title ‘psychologist’.

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Educational Psychologist

Educational psychologists help teachers, parents and students maximise learning. As an educational psychologist, you will work in educational-based settings where you will be given opportunities to help children deal with emotional, academic and social problems. Educational psychology in schools has rapidly become one of the fastest growing fields due to an increased interest in the mental health of children and federal education legislation.

Career opportunities

The demand for qualified school psychologists exceeds the number of candidates available, which means that job opportunities are plentiful. Educational psychology is concerned with the wellbeing of students throughout their lives. You will be given the opportunity to work in a wide range of research and practice settings and may have one of many different titles, such as school psychologist, guidance officer, student welfare teacher, disability services officer, child and adolescent counsellor, and geropsychologist. As part of your practice you may choose to work with individuals, couples, groups, organisations or systems.

Professional recognition

While requirements vary, almost all states require at least a Masters degree in order to become a licensed counsellor. You must register with the Psychology Board of Australia for any position that includes the title ‘psychologist’.

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Organisational Psychologist

Organisational psychologists are concerned with the way in which people function in the work environment. Professionals specialise in analysing organisations and their people, and devise strategies to recruit, motivate, develop, change and inspire. This field allows you to seek knowledge of behaviour in organisational settings by systematically studying individual, group and organisational processes.

Career opportunities

Careers in organisational psychology will lead you to opportunities within a diverse range of government and non-government, public and private workplaces. You can choose to specialise in areas including workplace planning and role definition, recruitment and selection, learning and development, coaching and mentoring, workplace advice and advocacy, change management, organisational development, measuring employment opinions and workplace research, performance management, human resource manager and wellbeing and stress.

Professional recognition

You must register with the Psychology Board of Australia for any position that includes the title ‘psychologist’ and have an area of practice endorsement in organisational psychology.

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Research Psychologist

Research psychologists are interested in probing for knowledge in both humans and animals. They design studies, create surveys and questionnaires to carry out their research, and prove or disprove their theories. This is done in conjunction with extensive research, hours of interviews, detailed observations and case studies that can take years. After careful analysis, researchers report their findings to the governing bodies of the psychological community for review.

Career opportunities

Many students graduating with an undergraduate degree will be open to career opportunities in the division of human or social services. Career opportunities may include case management, career counsellor, rehabilitation specialist and psychiatric technician. Some important skills for those working in this area include the ability to assess client needs, keep thorough and accurate records, express care and empathy, and to act as an advocate for your client. Your understanding of the human mind and behavior make you a good candidate for jobs that require strong communication skills. Research psychologists can find employment in areas including sales, marketing, case management and social services.

Postgraduate study can lead you to careers in academia and research as well as upper and middle-level management and administration, sales, social work, other management occupations, labor-relations, personnel and training, administrative positions real estate, business services and insurance and marketing.

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