Counselling Psychology & Clinical Psychology
Dick holds in high regard the interactions he has with clients over many years and appreciates the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those he engages through the processes of change that psychological treatment offers.
Dick is a registered psychologist with practice endorsements in Counselling Psychology and Clinical Psychology. These two areas of practice dovetail into comprehensive psychological practice in the field of mental health assessment and treatment.
Mental health assessment and treatment is an area that Dick has engaged in comprehensively throughout his career. This has included, for example, private practice, university lecturing across undergrad and postgrad counselling and clinical psychology programs and supervision of provisional psychologists' clinical practice placements.
Dick is a Rolodex of knowledge in the field. He is integrational in his approach combining various methods across a range of treatment modalities.
But above all, Dick always feels privileged in the opportunity to engage clients in a way that can assist them in times of psychological distress and need.
One of Dick's passions is the application of psychological assessments and strategies for organisational success. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, not only as a consultant and practitioner, but also as a renowned academic and expert in the field.
Dick holds psychological practice endorsement in Organisational Psychology. This area of practice combines Dick's academic acumen in the field with comprehensive practice experience and research knowledge.
Dick has a broad range of experience in the management and supervision of staff and students in extensive government and academic services over many years in Australia, Zambia, PNG, the UK, the US and through senior management and academic roles in universities.
This includes, for example, senior research and administrative positions in the public services of Zambia and Papua New Guinea and many decades in academic roles through the San Jose State University in California, the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane (QUT) and Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia. Such university positions combined academic and management roles including, Head of School and Associate Dean positions.
Dick has engaged in research across the field of organisational psychology for many years to tease out the nuances of corporate performance across a range of different areas. He is able to work with executive management and corporate leaders individually or through more focused workshops and group work.
Professional Development, Teaching & Lecturing
Prof. Dick Hicks has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with your team across the fields of counselling psychology, clinical psychology and organisational psychology that spans a few decades. Coupled with his experience in university teaching and international conference presentations, Dick's depth and breadth of knowledge and experience across his fields of expertise make him a valuable resource for your team and organisation.
Dick's early education was at the University College of Newcastle NSW, where he completed majors in Psychology and Mathematics. He also obtained training to be a secondary school teacher in Rhodesia, Africa, obtaining a University of London qualification.
His master's and doctoral theses in psychology were completed through the University of South Africa (while working in Southern Africa and then in Papua New Guinea).
Dick has a professional, management and teaching background in applied psychology, with particular areas of interest being organisational, health and developmental psychology. His early career was in cross-cultural psychology and psychometrics. Since then, Dick has held senior research and administrative positions in the public services of Zambia and Papua New Guinea. Most recently, Dick has focused his attention on academia, teaching at several universities including QUT, The University of Queensland, and the San Jose State University California.
Currently residing on the Gold Coast, Australia, Dick has been teaching at Bond University since 1998 as a professor of psychology and served four years as Head of School of the School of Psychology through the Faculty of Humanities.
Dick has published more than 200 articles, books, chapters, psychological tests, surveys, and classroom simulations and exercises. He has also presented nationally and internationally at numerous conferences. He supervises honours, masters and doctoral theses across a range of organisational, clinical, counselling, health and personality psychology.
Dick is currently a Fellow of the Australian and British Psychological Societies and of the Australian Institute of Management. He is also a member of the Clinical, Counselling, and Organisational Colleges of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the US Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology.
Publications & Presentations
Richard's academic activity has produced more than 200 articles, books, psychological tests, surveys, and classroom simulations and exercises over a 50-year period of research and practice in psychology, management and university teaching.
His academic achievements also include numerous conference presentations and published work of student honours, masters and doctoral theses in organisational psychology, clinical psychology, counselling psychology, health psychology and personality psychology.
Richard has extensive experience presenting and teaching internationally across conferences and university settings. His capacity to engage his audience ensures his presentations are well-informed and well-received.
Ultimately, Richard enjoys sharing his knowledge and insights with other professionals on the practical benefits of psychology in the workplace and its positive influence on workplace performance, teamwork, culture and overall well-being.