Clinical Psychology

Dear all,

Have you been waiting for the minutes taken during clinical psychology’s talk?

Check it out now!

Clinical Psychology 

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)

Degree needed?

  • Min: Master’s degree

Next up: Singapore Prisons Services

With love,

NUS Psychology Society


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