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Why Does NPC Recommend Attending APS Accredited Practitioners?

Education and Expertise

Psychologists are skilled in assessing human behaviour, having undertaken in-depth study of the brain, memory, learning, human development and the complex processes which determine how people think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their knowledge using valid, reliable and scientifically supported methods. Psychological therapies are generally regarded as non-intrusive, effective and are widely used to assist individuals and families and may also be applied to groups and organisations.

Psychologists practise across a broad range of areas.  Most commonly known are Counselling and Clinical Psychologists, with whom one may consult about mental health, emotional, personal or relationship issues. Psychologists also practise in industrial and organisational settings, educational settings, community settings, sport, health, child protection and welfare domains, in large companies and in the hospital sector.

Specifically, clinical psychologists possess a high level of specialised knowledge and skills after completing both undergraduate and postgraduate university training (a minimum of 6 years full-time or part-time equivalent) as well as undertaking extra lengthy supervised (and evaluated) practical experience. This is the minimum level of tertiary education and other postgraduate clinical experience required to become a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and advancement for Membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists (MCCLP).  The Society, which is the major professional body representing accredited Australian psychologists, has developed a set of competencies which members must meet and maintain to ensure an effective and professional discipline. The competencies apply to all practitioners, academics and/or researchers who consult with the broader community, students and business.

Consulting an APS accredited psychologist ensures that you will receive appropriate psychological services of the highest standard. APS accredited psychologists are required to adhere to strict guidelines pertaining to professional conduct, competency, responsibilities and confidentiality which are determined and monitored by way of the APS Code of Ethics.

Competencies of APS Accredited College Members

APS accredited psychologists seeking membership of a specialist college are required to meet a highly complex set of competencies relevant to particular specialties - applicable across the lifespan.  APS colleges represent the specialist areas in which psychologists train and choose to practise e.g. clinical psychology. Advances in the discipline and specialised practice area should be continually updated through professional development activities, which are a mandatory requirement for maintaining and justifying a clinician's membership of a specialist college.

Recognising an APS Accredited Psychologist

APS accredited psychologists are the only psychologists who are professionally authorised and credentialed to include a protected post-nominal after their names, such as:

•  Hon FAPS (Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society)
•  FAPS (Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society)
•  MAPS (Member of the Australian Psychological Society)
•  Assoc MAPS (Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society)

Recognising an APS Clinical College Accredited Psychologist

APS accredited clinical psychologists are the only clinical psychologists who are professionally authorised and credentialed to include a protected post-nominal after their name.  This post-nominal is:   MCCLP.


Diversification:  NPC Provides Assessment, Intervention and Consultancy Across the Following Domains (information is provided with the assistance of the APS website):

Clinical Psychology 

NPC's clinical psychologists provide high level expertise in particular areas, or practise in sub-specialisations of clinical psychology. They provide a wide range of specialised psychological assessment and therapy services to individuals across the age spectrum and particularly for mental health, emotional, learning, and behavioural conditions ranging from acute or mild to severe, chronic and complex.

In addition to professional practice, clinical psychologists may be involved in research, tertiary teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, public policy and other activities which promote psychological health in individuals, families, groups, and organisations.  The specialty domain of Clinical Psychology frequently overlaps with multiple other specialty psychology areas including Counselling, Educational-Developmental, Neuropsychological, Health and also, Organisational Psychology.

Clinical Psychologists have skills and competencies and provide input in the following areas:

Psychological assessment and diagnosis
Clinical psychologists have unique and highly specialised training in the assessment and diagnosis of major mental illnesses, psychiatric, emotional, behavioural, learning and the spectrum of psychological problems. Through their specialist training, these practitioners are well qualified and sought after to provide expert clinical opinion and counsel in clinical and compensation areas.

Treatment
Clinical psychologists are trained and highly skilled in the delivery of a range of techniques, modalities and therapies which have demonstrated effectiveness in treating an array mental health conditions and disorders. They are specialists in applying psychological theory and scientific research to address complex clinical psychology problems requiring individually tailored interventions.

Research, teaching and evaluation
Research, teaching and evaluation are all integral to the role of clinical psychologists. Research is often conducted on prevention, diagnosis, assessment and treatment. Clinical psychologists are frequently  involved in the design and implementation of complex treatment strategies in various settings (such as primary health care, psychiatric and/or rehabilitation) and in the subsequent evaluation of treatment outcomes.


Counselling Psychology

NPC's practitioners with counselling psychology knowledge and skill provide evidence-based interventions and therapeutic approaches which are tailored to meet individual client needs. Counselling psychology may overlap with the specialty domain of clinical psychology. 

These clinicians provide input in the following areas:

Assisting individuals to
 Manage stress and conflict at home and work
 Cope with grief, loss and trauma
 Overcome feelings of depression, anxiety and fear
 Enhance self-esteem and confidence
 Improve personal relationships
  Manage problems related to alcohol and drug use
 Manage chronic pain related to somatisation
 Manage depression
  Manage and recover from eating disorders
 Manage anger or violence

Assisting couples to
 Build satisfying relationships
 Improve their communication
•  Manage conflict or disagreement
 Resolve thoughts on separation or divorce
 Improve parenting skills

Assisting families to
 Improve inter-personal relationships
 Work together on resolving issues or problems
 Cope with separation, divorce, re-partnering/ or re-marriage
  Manage problems often experienced in blended families

Assisting organisations to
 Evaluate current programs
 Facilitate positive staff relationships
 Resolve interpersonal work conflicts
 Locate an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) consultant
 Assist staff with performance and other personal or work-related problems
 Provide expert advice and guidance about complex casework


Educational & Developmental Psychology

NPC's practitioners with ed-dev psychology knowledge and skill provide assessment, tailored interventions and guidance across the lifespan. Ed-dev psychology may overlap with the specialty domain of clinical psychology. 

These clinicians provide input in the following areas:

Early childhood
Parents may seek help about
 A child’s biopsychosocial development and/or parent-child relationship issues
 Managing a child’s temperamental or behavioural presentations
 Identifying and assisting a child with disabilities or deficits 
 Sibling rivalry in the family

School years
Parents, teachers or children may seek help about
•  Problems with transition
 School avoidance/reluctance
 Learning difficulties
 Peer relationships
 Self-esteem and confidence issues
 Behavioural issues
 Family relationships
 Abuse and/or neglect issues

Adolescence
Adolescents, their parents or others may seek help about
 Conflict between teens and parents
 Peer pressure
 Vocational and career guidance
 School to work transition
 Sexuality issues
 Substance use problems
 Identity issues

Adulthood
Individuals, their partners or employers may seek help about
 Relationship problems
 Parenting issues
 Mid-life concerns
 Career restructuring and/or directional change
 Work-related stress
 Education and training in the workplace

Later adulthood
Elderly people or their adult children may seek help about
 Healthy ageing
 Coping with decline in cognitive and other functioning
 Dependency
 Transition to supported care and other accommodation types


Clinical Neuropsychology

NPC's practitioners with neuropsychology knowledge and skill provide assessment and treatment recommendations for people experiencing difficulties with memory, learning, attention, language, reading, problem-solving and decision-making.  Neuropsychology may overlap with the specialty domain of clinical psychology. 

These clinicians use cognitive, educational, behavioural and/or psychosocial methods in providing input about the effects of a wide range of conditions such as:

 Developmental
 Degenerative
 Vascular
 Immunological
 Inflammatory
 Endocrine
 Metabolic
 Drug/alcohol
 Epileptic
 Psychiatric
 Traumatic


Health Psychology

Practitioners with health psychology knowledge and skill provide individual assessment and intervention pertaining to the interface between physical health and psychological conditions and also provide input regarding public health promotion.   Health psychology may overlap with the specialty domain of clinical psychology. 

These clinicians provide input in the following areas:

 Developing educational and behavioural change programs to help people recover from or self-manage chronic illness, trauma, injury or disability

 Recommending psychological treatments which may reduce problems contributing to illness and injury, such as chronic pain, addictions, poor sleep hygiene, eating problems, anxiety, depression and emotional reactions such as anger and grief

 Assisting people to cope with diagnosis and medical treatment of acute health problems and to facilitate medical care

 Assisting people to cope with chronic or terminal illness, including the impact of grief, loss, uncertainty, bereavement, death and dying

 Designing, applying and evaluating interventions to improve health systems and improve relationships between health workers and monitoring impacts upon health determinants which may encourage recovery from illness and injury

 Promoting positive health behaviours and highlighting the relationship between harmful health behaviours such as poor dietary habits, substance use, and physical inactivity with the onset of chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and injuries

 Developing public health programs in areas such as behavioural change related to exercise, substance use, injury or cancer prevention


Organisational Psychology

NPC's practitioners with organisational psychology knowledge and skill provide individual input, recommendations or consultancy primarily about organisational health and functionality.  Organisational psychology may overlap with the specialty domain of clinical psychology. 

These clinicians provide input in the following areas:

Recruitment and selection
 Developing selection criteria for jobs and identification of evaluation instruments
 Assessing knowledge, skills and abilities and personal fit for specific roles using techniques such as psychological testing and behavioural interviewing

Learning and development  
 Analysing training and development needs for individuals, teams, management and whole organisations   
 Designing and evaluation of skills and behavioural training programs

Leadership development
 Providing advice to organisational leaders about managerial style, impact and staff engagement 
 Establishing talent management frameworks which seek to identify and better manage critical roles, strengths, weaknesses and gaps
 Introducing programs which develop and nurture next generation leaders

Coaching, mentoring and career development
 Providing individual assistance, coaching and mentoring to enhance work performance
 Designing and implementing career development processes for an organisation, along with individual career planning and vocational assessment

Change management
 Designing, implementing and evaluating change management processes
 Developing programs to assist leaders better manage change and drive performance improvement e.g. managing change fatigue and building resilience

Workplace research
 Devising and analysing employee and client surveys
 Researching and identifying work-place behaviours which predict future success

Performance management
 Designing, implementing and evaluating performance management systems including their relevance to organisational goals 
 Developing employee incentive programs which drive desired behaviours and performance

Employee well-being, stress and work-life balance
 Developing programs which improve employee well-being, commitment and engagement
 Developing policies, programs and practices which support better management of the work-home interface










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