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What comes under clinical psychology?
- Therapies, conducting assessments, conducting research.
- Many psychology fields can be applied under clinical psychology.
- Involves working in a multidisciplinary team which can be in an Inpatient ward, outpatient clinic,
What is clinical psychology?
- Focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological difficulties
- Work with psychiatrist to manage patients
- Partnering with different organization or communities to conduct mental health promotion programs
- Clients ranges from infants, children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and older adults
- Work in different contexts (group settings, couple settings, one to one settings)
What do clinical psychologists do?
- Therapy, assessment, research, teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, administration, consultation, public policy
A typical day of clinical psychologists?
- Diagnostic interviews.
- Psychotherapy for both outpatients and inpatient ward
- When patient is referred to you, you will have to do a detailed diagnostic review based on the patient’s history and its results from the respective diagnostic test.
- Conducting psychological assessment (IQ, Neuropsychological, Personality, Diagnostic clarification
- In a clinical settings, many structured and unstructured tests are conducted with the patients
- Appropriate recording and report writing and transcripts for therapy
Where do clinical psychologists work?
- Hospitals, universities, military
Working in a Multidisciplinary Team
- Work with various professionals (social workers, psychiatrist, speech therapists, occupational therapist, advanced practicing nurse)
Attitudes needed as clinical psychologists?
- Awareness of own attitudes and beliefs regarding mental health issues
- Recognizing own limitations
- Recognize that your clients always come first (your client’s status should be free from your own bias)
- High tolerance to stress (Able to contain emotional problems being posed to you by your patients)
- True Empathy/ To be truthful and genuine towards your patients
- Soft skills (communication skills etc.) are important
- Good listener
Pros of pursuing clinical psychology as a career field
- Personal fulfillment
- Making a difference to the lives of others
- Changing environment (As client is different and a new case)
- Personal learning experience
Negatives of pursuing clinical psychology as a career field
- Long hours,
- High risk of burnout (due to high stress level you will be exposed too)
- Unchanging clients (eg. Psychotherapies may not work for certain patients)
- Min: Master’s degree
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