Bridie Hellings completed the Master of Psychology (Clinical)/ Doctor of Philosophy at ACU and is currently working as a Mental Health Clinician. Below she shares her experience at ACU and in the field.
"After completing my undergraduate studies in psychology, I wanted to continue my education further with postgraduate study. I chose a Master's degree in clinical psychology at ACU due to the values of the university, which resonated with my own values.
"I wanted the opportunity to study on a friendly campus and in smaller classes, rather than feeling lost in the crowd. ACU also offered the option of changing to the combined MPsych/PhD degree, which allowed me to further my studies, develop more skills and really focus on areas of interest to me.
"One great aspect of the degree was the opportunity to work collaboratively with lecturers and other staff, learning from them and developing professional relationships. I felt supported by the staff, and encouraged to pursue studies that were of interest to me and would benefit me in my future professional career.
"During my degree I undertook a variety of field work placements, including in a school, a private psychiatric hospital, an eating disorders day program and at ACU’s psychology and counselling clinic.
"During these placements I was supported by a supervisor, and by a field placement officer at ACU. I was able to develop my skills in assessment, report writing, case formulation, counselling and working within a multidisciplinary team. Each of these skills has been invaluable in my professional career.
I currently work as a Mental Health Clinician for Monash Health, in the adult outpatient eating disorder service. I provide clients with individual counselling, focusing on recovery from their eating disorders. This role involves work within a multidisciplinary team, liaison with GPs and lots of contact with clients.
"During my studies I worked as a provisional psychologist in a field work placement for Monash Health, at the Butterfly Eating Disorder Day Program. This placement, and my study at ACU, helped me develop many of the skills necessary for my current role."