Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical)

The Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) is designed to prepare students for professional practice as both Sport and Exercise and Clinical Psychologists. The program is accredited by APAC. Graduates would be eligible to enter the PsyBA registrar program to pursue area of practice endorsements as Clinical and/or Sport and Exercise Psychologists.

The Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) provides skills and knowledge centred around understanding psychological factors that contribute to peak performance, wellbeing, and mental health. These factors are explored through assessment, theory and practice of psychological skills for performance, sport medicine, rehabilitation, psychopathology, child and adult psychological disorders, and methods to treat mental illness. Given ISN’s philosophy is rooted in psychology and neuroscience, you will learn a well-considered body of knowledge on practical approaches in sport, exercise, and clinical psychology, which align with the accreditation requirements governed by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). ISN has access to world-renowned academics in the field of psychology, as well service agreements with leading corporations who know the benefits of sport and exercise psychology. Our associated ISN Clinic has been set up to provide research informed treatments for mental illness, to restore mind body balance and to promote resilience and well-being. We use evidence-based techniques from across the world to apply and improve existing treatments. We carefully monitor the progress of each client to measure effectiveness and success. The course consists of coursework, practical placements, and research components.

Sport and Exercise Psychology involves exploring the psychological factors that are associated with participation and performance in sport and exercise as well as identifying risk factors that may contribute to mental illness. You will learn to provide therapeutic interventions for common psychological conditions in sport and excercise settings.

An understanding of Sport and Exercise Psychology like never before with the added strength of Clinical Psychology

Evidence-based approaches are used to not only enhance performance but to provide expertise is such areas as health and wellness coaching, anxiety and stress management, concentration and mental preparation, overtraining and burnout, team building and leadership, weight management, debriefing and program evaluation, recovery and restoration, injury rehabilitation, psychological assessment, career transitions, coping strategies and balancing sport, study, employment, and family life.

Graduates of the Doctor of Psychology are also prepared for clinical work to address mental illness in a number of settings through psychiatric hospitals, specialist services, government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, schools, forensic settings, or private practice.

Prospective students who have completed a four-year, APAC accredited* sequence in Psychology are eligible to apply for a place in the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) at ISN Psychology.

  • The minimum academic entry requirement is the completion of an APAC accredited 4th year of study at a study average equivalence across units of 75%. Entry into the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) is competitive and requires consideration of academic results, relevant experience, and the outcome of interviews.

  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they are currently registered as a psychologist, and are complying with the CPD requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), will be exempted from the aforementioned entry requirements and considered for entry into the postgraduate course based on experience in the field.

  • Applicants must be eligible for registration as a provisional psychologist with PsyBA. Successful candidates will be asked to apply for provisional registration and provide a police check, working with children check, and evidence of appropriate professional indemnity insurance and/or APS membership as part of the enrolment process.

  • Applicants will be ranked on the basis of academic merit (based on the transcripts provided), previous work experience and/or training, and academic and professional referee reports.

  • Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview and assessments will be made after this process to select candidates for the program.

  • Domestic students with Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency rights (or New Zealand Citizenship) can apply.

  • ISN cannot currently accept applications for international students.

  • Candidates must meet minimum English language proficiency standards for entry. This will require that candidates have successfully completed a 4th year APAC accredited psychology degree (and demonstrated English equivalency).

  • Permanent residency students and/or students who have obtained their qualifications from overseas, in addition to providing their APS documentation* for equivalency, need to demonstrate acceptable International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall minimum of 7.0 (with no band less than 7 expected).

(*Students who completed their undergraduate studies overseas but meet the domestic student criteria can apply for this course. ISN requires evidence of course equivalence in the form of an APS assessment document for all international qualifications).

Selection Process

  1. Applicants will be ranked on the basis of academic merit (based on the transcripts provided), previous work experience and/or training, academic and professional referee reports.
  2. Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview and scores will be derived during this process to select candidates for the program.
  3. Domestic students with Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency rights (or New Zealand Citizenship) can apply.
  4. ISN cannot currently accept applications for international students.

Working as a psychologist is a complex and challenging role with wide ranging responsibilities. Foremost among these is our responsibility for the safety of the public. At ISN Psychology we take this obligation very seriously.

As part of ISN Psychology training in psychology you will be made aware of the personal, professional, ethical, and legal aspects of these responsibilities.

In effect, the training in the Master’s program involves developing knowledge, learning a set of skills and taking up the role of a professional psychologist. To this end, the development of the personal and professional go hand in hand.

A number of aspects of your training program are designed to specifically support the development of these skills. These include regular monitoring of your academic and professional activities and engagement in all aspects of the program. You will be given feedback about how you are progressing and developing the required competencies.

The inherent standards below specify the course requirements of the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal issues, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills, and sustainable performance. Many of the activities associated with the professional practice of a registered psychologist are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to patient safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance at ISN.

Students are required to undertake placement activities in mixed-gender environments that are reflective of the Australian health care context.

Successfully completing the course enables you to apply for registration as a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), which is a partner board of the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA). The inherent requirements outlined below provide a guide for students and staff when deciding whether you are able to meet these requirements and the type of reasonable adjustments that could be put in place to allow you to complete the course without compromising the academic integrity of the program.

Your responsibility is to act professionally. This involves ongoing reflection and actively engaging and responding to feedback. Professional conduct that falls outside of this is subject to review. The review process may include participation in a meeting with senior ISN staff where feedback, guidelines for professional behaviour and timelines for change will be provided.

In instances where an acceptable standard of professional behaviour is not attained, ISN Psychology retain the option to terminate involvement in the program.

Please see the following link for more detail.  Although the link is specific for a Master-level course in Clinical Psychology, the general principles apply to the Master level course in Sport & Exercise and the Professional Doctorate in Psychology:

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_master_of_psychology_clinical_psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) is offered face-to-face at ISN Psychology’s Ivanhoe campus. Graduates of the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) are prepared for work in a number of settings such as sports and exercise organisations (e.g., gyms), schools sport programs, performing arts venues, and private practice.

The role of a Sport and Exercise Psychologist has become flexible and amendable to growing sport and exercise industry; ISN will look to provide you with a placement that reflects the real-world work required for psychological service delivery with everyday individuals as well as elite athletes.

The course consists of course work, practical placement, and research components. Course work in the first year of the program will provide students with the academic foundations and therapeutic skills needed to commence their first placements. The second year of the program has a strong focus on integration of skills through external placements and advanced course units. In the third year of the program, clinical psychology skills and placements are completed. Students will complete a research thesis as part of the program in a sport, exercise, or clinical area of research. The course structure is based on seven full-time semesters (each of 12 weeks’ duration).

The Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) is nested within the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) providing students with the opportunity to articulate down into the nested Master of Psychology (Sport & Exercise) form the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements and are approved to do so.

YEAR 1
Semester 1

ISNS501 Ethics and Professional Issues

ISNS502 Research Project 1

ISNS503 Psychopathology and Pharmacology

ISNS504 Principles of Psychotherapy and Basic Counselling Skills

ISNS505 Psychometric Assessment

Semester 2

ISNS511 Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

ISNS512 Practice Placement

ISNS513 Psychological Factors in Performance

ISNS514 Evidence Based Practice

ISNS515 Research Project 2

YEAR 2
Semester 1

ISNS601 Clinical Health Psychology

ISNS602 S&E Placement 1 (20 points)

ISNS603 Sport Medicine and Physiology

ISNS604 Sport and Exercise Interventions

Semester 2

ISNS611 S&E Placement 2 (20 points)

ISNS612 Group Dynamics and Culture

ISNS613 Research Project 3 (20 points)

YEAR 3
Semester 1

ISNS701 Clinical Placement 1 (20 points)

ISNS702 Adult Clinical Interventions 1

ISNS703 Clinical Assessment and Intervention with Child and Adolescents

ISNS704 Adult Clinical Interventions 2

Semester 2

ISNS711 Clinical Placement 2 (20 points)

ISNS712 Advanced Interventions

ISNS713 Research Project 4 (20 points)

YEAR 4
Semester 1

ISNS801 Research Project 5 (50 points)

ISN Psychology is a FEE-HELP approved provider.

Tuition Fees are payable upfront or through FEE-HELP for eligible students.

ISN Psychology is a FEE-HELP approved provider.

Tuition Fees are payable upfront or through FEE-HELP for eligible students.

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees 2021 Year 1 Units

Name of Course: Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) (Year 1)
Training Package Code: DPsych(Sport & Exercise, Clinical)
Delivery Location(s): Ivanhoe campus
Delivery Mode(s): On-site (depending on COVID-19 restrictions)

NOTE:

ISN Psychology has in place MOUs with a number of organisations with respect to providing Sport & Exercise students placement opportunities.

This course has just been approved by TEQSA, and ISN is now able to enter into formal placement agreements with organisations related to sport & exercise psychology.

We are now in the process of formalising these and other agreements.

While it is anticipated that these agreements will be put in place in a timely fashion for a July 2021 start date, delivery of this program is subject to finalising formal placement agreements to the satisfaction of TEQSA.

Unit of Study Unit Code Commence date Census date Completion date* EFTSL TUITION FEES
Mid Year intake Mid Year intake Mid Year intake Full fee-paying (FFP) Government subsidised student (GSS)
Semester 1: Ethics & Professional Issues ISNS501 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Research Project 1 ISNS502 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Psychopathology and Pharmacology ISNS503 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Principals of Psychotherapy and Basic Counselling Skills ISNS504 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Psychometric Assessment ISNS505 27 Jul 28 Aug 20 Nov 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ISNS511 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Practice Placement ISNS512 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2:Psychological Factors in Performance ISNS513 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Evidence Based Practice ISNS514 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Research Project 2 ISNS515 27 Jul

1 Mar

28 Aug

26 Mar

20 Nov

25 Jun

0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Total 1.000 $35,430.00 N/A

* End of Exam Period; *Midyear intake may allow for students with RPL to articulate into 2nd Semester of the Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical).

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees – Year 2 Units 

Name of Course: Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) (year 2)
Training Package Code: DPsych(Sport & Exercise, Clinical)
Delivery Location(s): Ivanhoe campus
Delivery Mode(s): On-site

Unit of Study Unit Code Commence date Census date Completion date* EFTSL TUITION FEES
Full fee-paying (FFP)** Government subsidised student (GSS)
Semester 1: Clinical Health Psychology ISNS601 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: S&E Placement 1 ISNS602 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Semester 1: Sport Medicine and Physiology ISNS603 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Sport and Exercise Interventions ISNS604 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: S&E Placement 2 ISNS611 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Semester 2: Group Dynamics and Culture ISNS612 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Research Project 3 ISNS613 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Total 1.000 $35,430.00 N/A

** NOTE: Fees indicative and based on 2021 pricing.  Price adjustment may result in 2022 in line with Consumer Price Index.

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees – Year 3 Units 

Name of Course: Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) (year 2)
Training Package Code: DPsych(Sport & Exercise, Clinical)
Delivery Location(s): Ivanhoe campus
Delivery Mode(s): On-site

Unit of Study Unit Code Commence date Census date Completion date* EFTSL TUITION FEES
Full fee-paying (FFP)** Government subsidised student (GSS)
Semester 1: Clinical Placement 1 ISNS701 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Semester 1: Adult Clinical Interventions 1 ISNS702 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Clinical Assessment and Intervention with Child and Adolescents ISNS703 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Adult Clinical Interventions 2 ISNS704 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Clinical Placement 2 ISNS711 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Semester 2: Advanced Interventions ISNS712 TBC TBC TBC 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Research Project 4 ISNS713 TBC TBC TBC 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Total 1.000 $35,430.00 N/A

** NOTE: Fees indicative and based on 2021 pricing.  Price adjustment will result in line with Consumer Price Index when offered in subsequent years.

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees – Year 4 Units 

Name of Course: Doctor of Psychology (Sport & Exercise, Clinical) (year 2)
Training Package Code: DPsych(Sport & Exercise, Clinical)
Delivery Location(s): Ivanhoe campus
Delivery Mode(s): On-site

Unit of Study Unit Code Commence date Census date Completion date* EFTSL TUITION FEES
Full fee-paying (FFP)** Government subsidised student (GSS)
Semester 1: Research Project 5 ISNS801 TBC TBC TBC 0.50 $subsidised no charge N/A
Total 0.5 $0 N/A

** NOTE: Fees indicative and based on 2021 pricing.  Price adjustment will result in line with Consumer Price Index when offered in subsequent years.