Dr. Stefan Höfer PhD, MSc
Education, training and professionalisation:
According to the Austrian Act of Psychologists training in health psychology (and in clinical psychology) is a postgraduate course for psychologists (master’s degree in psychology), and the contents of training are fixed in the Austrian Act of Psychologists. The course includes theoretical instruction of at least 160 hours and practical training of at least 1480 hours in institutions of the social and health system (eg. Hospital, counselling center). The institutions offering the theoretical and practical training have to be approved by the Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth. Advanced education is one of the professional obligations of health psychologists. Courses are offered by several training institutions.
Since 1990 the profession of health psychologists is regulated by the Austrian Act of Psychologists (“Psychologengesetz”-PG). Health psychologists practising their profession must use the designation “Gesundheitspsychologe / Gesundheitspsychologin”. There are about 7.200 psychologists licensed as health psychologists (May 2011), most of them are clinical psychologists too. Practising psychology in the health services is reserved to health psychologists and clinical psychologists. Licensing and registration is administered and controlled by the Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth (www.bmg.gv.at
). The list of all licensed health and clinical psychologists is published by the Ministry (www.jpp.bmg.gv.at