Health Sciences

Danielle Bell, Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Psychology

Danielle BellThe structure of the course is what appealed most to Danielle who holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours) from QUT. “After many years of focusing on the theoretical components of the psychology field, it is great to now delve into the practical side and put this knowledge into professional practice,” she says. Her research interests include Health Psychology and Wellbeing.

“The course has taught me a lot about the professional and interpersonal competencies required of students in relation to supervised practice in both mental health-specific and more general settings. We examined the assumptions, values and social/interpersonal skills that we bring into our professional practice and developed skills in clinical interviewing, developing a therapeutic alliance, and report writing.”

Danielle is completing her supervised clinical practicum 1 in the ACU Brisbane Psychology and Counselling Clinic (BPACC). She comments; “The clinic has provided me with a supportive environment that allows me as an intern to transition from a student into the role of provisional psychologist and gain vital experience through seeing clients face to face in therapeutic settings.”

Her experience at ACU is one of a personable university where lecturers make a real effort to know students by name, making you feel welcome and respected. The smaller class sizes allow for one on one time with staff who are always available and happy to help.

“The PDPP is allowing me to strongly develop my professional skills and is a pathway to general registration as a psychologist.”