As important as practical experience is, without a strong foundation in the key subjects of Psychology, you can’t make the most of your hands-on experience. As you consider where to study psychology, consider JCU, where you'll access a robust core program and have the freedom to choose electives in line with your interests and career goals.
Understand the Human Mind
One of the most fascinating aspects of practicing psychology is seeing how the body and brain work together in synch, each affecting the other. We're only beginning to scratch the surface of this amazing connection, and at JCU you'll dive into how the nervous system, our general health, and the biology of our minds affect the way we perceive the world and act within it.
Even more fascinating is the connection between culture and the mind and how our family influences, community values, and even our social history influence how we see the world. Take advantage of JCU's connections among some of Australia's most marginalised peoples to gain a better understanding of the social contexts of behaviour and how society's values affect the individual's choices.
One of the best things about psychology is that it is not a solely theoretical science. It's not enough to learn about how different cultures influence individual and group behaviour and understandings of reality. A psychology professional must be able to use that intercultural perspective to bring groups together, overcoming barriers to mental health and enhancing cross-cultural communication for everyone.
The Application of Psychology
Psychology is eminently practical, and your studies at JCU will give you the chance to see how psychology is relevant to law, business, education, and to human development. As you learn, you'll grow your communication skills so you are ready to work with patients, peers, academics and laypeople to express your ideas and offer helpful interventions and advice.
Learn how psychology relates to the law and our criminal justice system and the part you could play as a forensic psychologist in protecting the community. From screening and evaluating law enforcement personnel, to advising the judiciary in diagnosing and treating the incarcerated, a forensic psychologist is an expert at navigating ethical issues and working towards equitable treatments for all.
Learn how the principles of psychology can apply in the workplace, helping managers with performance analysis and staff selection or enhancing teamwork through an understanding of organisational psychology. Equip yourself to provide valuable insights to employers and improve workplace satisfaction and productivity.
Assessing and Intervening
One of the key roles of a trained psychologist is identifying mental illness and dysfunction early and intervening in a way that improves lives and health outcomes for individuals and their families.
Master the key assessment techniques used by Australian psychologists and learn how to evaluate psychological test results. As you come to understand the ethical and cultural implications of the assessments we use and their strengths, as well as their limitations, you'll be prepared for whatever career path you choose. Whether you work in private clinics, community health clinics, in schools, in business, or among athletes, you'll be making a difference.