Presented by Dr Aidan McKiernan
Principal Registered Clinical Psychologist (Specialist),
Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCD School of Psychology
& Chair of PSI Division of Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology. A healthcare profession (like medicine) and a scientific discipline
What’s involved? Using clinical judgement to apply knowledge from the scientific
discipline of clinical psychology to assess, treat and prevent psychological problems.
What does it look like in action? Direct work (assessment, formulation, intervention),
indirect work (training, consultation, supervision), administration / management,
research and CPD (Carr, 2012).
Getting on a clinical psychology programme. Summary of main requirements below
taken from Carr (2012)
Academic and research
• Honours undergraduate degree in psychology
• Postgraduate degree in area relevant to clinical
• Short courses relevant to clinical psychology
• Other qualifications relevant to clinical psychology
• Experience doing clinical research
• Theses, publications and presentations
Clinical competence • Relevant clinical experience
• Basic clinical skills
1. Read Clinical Psychology: An Introduction (Carr, 2012).
2. Develop connections with practising clinical psychologists.
3. Get familiar with the application forms.
4. Learn how to interview well.
5. Practice personal development and enjoy the inroad!