APS College of Clinical Psychologists

The Connect Program: Connecting Advisors with Junior Professionals

The APS College of Clinical Psychologists is proud to announce the launch of its new Connect Program (previously known as the Mentoring Program).

The Connect Program aims to connect junior professionals (final year postgraduate students, registrars, or early career psychologists) with more senior clinical psychologists as they navigate the clinical psychology profession. The relationship will be one of professional guidance whereby the advisor (senior clinical psychologist) can provide support and advice to the candidate (junior professional) on topics relating to professional and career development, see this article.

Areas of guidance may include, but are not limited to, self-care as a professional, dealing with workplace conflict, ethical dilemmas, or development of a professional identity.



What's involved?

The connection will be flexible – the advisor and candidate can collaboratively determine the preferred mode of contact, the frequency and duration of contact, and topics to be discussed. Ideally, contact can occur via teleconference, phone, e-mail, as well as face-to-face so that candidates can connect with advisors across Australia. Please note that these connections are not official clinical supervision relationships.  
Connections will be made according to the candidate’s preferences from the advisor profile database. The APS College of Clinical Psychologists will make every effort to match the candidate’s preferences with the availabilities and expertise of the advisor.

Benefits to Advisors

  • Provide your expertise and advice to the next generation of clinical psychologists through teaching and guidance
  • Foster development of skills in areas such as coaching, mentoring, communication, and leadership
  • Stimulate self-reflection of own knowledge and professional practices
  • Gain recognition for own professional experience and expertise


Benefits to Junior Professionals

  • Broaden your knowledge of available career options
  • Build professional networks
  • Receive honest and constructive guidance as you navigate your new career


To apply

Registration forms can be found here.

Please note that candidates can be: final year clinical psychology postgraduate students, early career psychologists participating in the registrar program (registrars), or early career psychologists not participating in the registrar program.

Please note participants must be members of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, membership is currently free for postgraduate students and details are available here.

Contact us

Please direct any queries to [email protected]

Please note:

Individuals participating in the Connect program are responsible for their own personal conduct and are expected to also uphold high professional standards in keeping with the principles underpinning the APS Code of Ethics - respect, propriety and integrity.

The APS upholds and values the privacy of individuals under our privacy laws.  This also applies to the Connect Program and  both advisors and junior professionals are required to always exercise care in their handling of the personal details of the other party.