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


Ministry of Education

Hi people!

What’s up! Is minutes during Ministry of Education‘s talk.

Two branches from MOE – (1) Psychological Services Branch and (2) Psychological Assessment & Research Branch

 Educational psychology

  • Education/ Hospital
  • Educational psychologists are hot in demand in Singapore and internationally

What do educational psychologists do?

  • Help young people who encountered problem in their education (people with learning difficulties, social or emotional problems)
  • Help children to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally
  • Applied their work in  school and education context

 Differences in associate and educational psychologists

  • Min. degree for educational psychologists – masters

 Benefits of joining PSB

  • More opportunities to use research tools that we read in many literature
  • Dynamism: Able to interact with teachers, students, parents
  • Work in small team (Able to work with caring, warm colleague)
  • Flat structure within the branch
  • Able to publish literatures t an international platform
  • Able to work with children and learn from them
  • Able to learn different approaches to tackle children with a wide range of problem (Eg. Students who have difficulty in reading/ sustaining attention etc.)
  • Get to apply psychology knowledge that you learn in school
    • You are able to apply the cognition/ behavioral/ developmental theories you learn
    • Get to hypothesize the student’s problems and analyze it

 What are the psychological services provided by psychologists within MOE

  • Psychological services to schools
    • IQ testing, provide advices to both students and parents
    • Clinical approach in a school setting
    • School system and programme consultation

Eg. Teach teachers how to identify the student need/ How do school prioritize cases of students with special needs

  • Education system review and policy formulations
    • Researches you made are able to be placed on practical grounds

Professional development

  • Monthly branch meetings (update psychologists of all the policy changes)
  • Involved in Ad- hoc training (get to attain more skills and knowledge
  • Learning Journeys (Eg. Fieldwork in hospitals etc.)
  • Attend both national and international conferences

 Professional development for associate psychologists

  • Every associate psychologists get to go through a diploma course (part time basis, 2 years)at NIE
    • Time will be set aside from your work to attend the course
    • There are about 7 modules to cover in 2 years.  Every module spans about 3 months.  For each module, there will be 3-4 days of lectures.  After which, there’ll be about 3 tutorial sessions (tutorial is conducted as problem- Based Learning)
    • After the course, you will be certified as an associate psychologists competent of completing educational psychological testing (CCET; accredited by the British Psychological Society)

Internship between mid-May and end July

Interns get to go down to the field to be involved with children, and attend the regularly conducted board meetings

 Information with regards to employment opportunities as an associate psychologists can be found on MOE website


  • Starting pay – around $3k+- (bachelor degree holder)

How to attain Master degree?

  • Applied under NIE (NIE offered both part time and full-time programme for Master degree)
  • Scholarships offered by MOE

How was the intake for associate psychologists?

  • 15 people (as of 2012)

Psychological Assessment and Research (PAR) Branch

  A research & development unit within MOE

  • Objective & evidence-based analysis

Psycho-educational Research

  • Directly applicable to the real-world situation, e.g. how to help students learn better
  • Adopts different research methods in the projects – qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods

  Psycho-educational Testing & Test Development

  • See how psycho-educational instruments (e.g., Wechsler Intelligence, behavioural instruments) are conceptualized and developed from scratch
  • Adapt tests that are available in other countries like US & UK to suit the local context
  • Conduct research to guide test development
  • Evaluation on educational programmes to study their effectiveness

 People in the team

  • Officers come from a diversity of backgrounds, so as to provide different perspectives on issues
  • Profile of Psychological Researchers: Basic Psychology degree – conduct literature review, contribute to the research design; Honours degree in Psychology and Masters in related fields; Management Executive (MXO) Officer Scheme
  • Cross-functional, multi-disciplinary teams of diversity in expertise, skills, knowledge

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Opportunities to attend workshops and conferences to be exposed to a whole breadth of knowledge
    • Overseas conferences (presenter/participant) – APA, APS NCME, AERA, ITC, European Conference on Developmental Psychology etc.
    • Local conferences / workshops
    • Post-graduate studies – Masters in Development Psychology; Programme Evaluation & Organization Psychology
    • Training opportunities
      As a trainer – conduct workshops on research methodology, sampling methods, item writing, literature reviews

How do we contribute to such a large organization like MOE?

  • Contribute to the research done by other branches, partner with them to provide thought leadership in various research projects, construct instruments and analyze data to come up with coherent findings
  • Brainstorming – conceptualizing projects, coming up with new studies either by bottom-up (self-initiated) or top-down (based on senior management’s directions) process
  • Writing up on findings & sharing findings
  • Professional development, learning new things

 Interested undergraduates may apply to join for an internship on a project basis
Submit CV to Ms Lin Nian Ying (, including information on educational background, research competencies & experience, relevant working experience and copies of educational transcripts and certificates. 

Next up – Clinical Psychology!

With regards,

NUS Psychology Society

Home Team Behavioral Science Centre

Hi Everyone!

If you have been waiting for the minutes taken during the Behavioral Science Centre (BSC) career talk. Here it is!

Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre (HTBSC)

  • What is the Home Team?
    • Ministry of Home Affairs is its parent organization
    • Set base in Home Team Academy
  • How do Psychologists support HT operations?
    • 3 ‘O’ concept:
      – Operation: Investigation (interviewing, risk assessment), Major deployment/Crisis (crowd psychology, civil disobedience, morale management).
      – Organisation: Selection & Assessment, Development (coaching & training).
      – Officers: Resilience initiatives (e.g. if there’s a crisis, can the community rebound and cope with it?), Counseling services, Crisis intervention.
  • What is the HTBSC?
    • A research & training hub, a young department which started in 2005
    • Report directly to Permanent Secretary MHA
    • Research, training, operational support. To enhance officers’ operations at work
    • Overseas visits for conferences, working trips or study visits
    • Training and operational studies
  • Difference between psychologist and researcher?
    • Psychologist – permanent staff, develops expertise in one to two key areas but also expected to do a bit of everything
    • Researchers – primarily focused on one key area of research/training, contract-based
  • Crime Investigation & Forensic Psychologist
    • Research
      – Crime research like sex/violent crimes
      – Organized crime research like unlicensed money lending (UML) – eg, factors that push them to start doing it, motivations, business models and structure in which they operate
      – Drug offence research like drug mules (transporters/carriers/middlemen)
      – Immigration related crime research like how deception takes place at checkpoints (issue of illegal immigrants)
      – Detection of deception research
    • Research Infrastructure
      – Laboratory for forensic psychology research (e.g. non-verbal deception cues)
  • Operations & Leadership Psychologist
    • Research
      – Command Leadership Research
      – Leadership assessment development etc. e.g. look for behavioural indicators
      – 360 feedback for HT leaders,
    • – How best to train the officers (methodology)
  • Resilience, Safety & Security Psychologist
    • Research
      – Levels of resilience research (e.g. individual, organizational, community, national levels of resilience), etc.
    • Training for officers and leaders
  • HTBSC Research Structure
    • Researcher-driven research, e.g. terrorism
    • International Visiting Research Programme (IVRP) e.g. Crime Linkages, eye-witness testimonials
    • Psychologist-driven research e.g. youth crimes, command leadership
    • Internship Programmes
  • Checks & Balances
    • Supervision by bosses
    • Consultation with partners, HT officers – get their opinions
    • Training courses, international conferences (e.g. SPCP, SIOP)
    • Opportunities for postgraduate education like Masters. Advantage is that you can choose which field to specialize in, after the working experience for a few years. Disadvantage is relatively long waiting time.
  • HTBSC Ops Support
    • Electonic Focus Groups, facilitate discussions to see what went well/wrong after major ops
    • Ops Research specifically for operations, e.g. situation awareness in command posts – observe how communication flow and what factors affect the situation
  • HTBSC Products
    • E.g. Research reports

  Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities as a Psychologist

  • Research
    • Review papers – major & minor concept so that nobody is over-specialised; breadth is maintained to stay relevant
    • Empirical Research Project, e.g. interviews with senior leaders, ground officers etc., detailed interviews with inmates
  • Training
    • Command & Crisis Leadership – situation awareness, crisis decision making, facilitate tactical games/case studies
    • Behavioural Analysis – sex & violence, facilitate profiling exercises/case studies
  •  Ops Support
    • Electronic Focus Groups, e.g. Singapore Youth Olympic Games, pre-ops sensing & post-ops review
    • Ops Research Studies, e.g. situation awareness in command posts etc.
    • Morale Sensing for major operations
    • Counseling for HT officers
  • Incident debriefing – breaking of bad news, supporting next-of-kin
  •  Leadership Work
    • Train assessors, design exercises (role-play)
    • Design 360 feedback, write reports
  • Administration
    • Project management – write review papers, analysis of incidents
    • A lot of meetings – write & vet minutes, updates on key projects, propose solutions
    • Event management – venue/logistics/catering/manpower
    • Financial procedures – liaise with vendors
  • Why is this job enjoyable?
    • Exposure to different fields of psychology
    • Real-life application
    • Interaction with a lot of people
    • Opportunities for learning & self-development
    • Most importantly, supportive & fun working environment
  • Challenges
    • Steep learning curve – need to be resourceful and take initiative
    • Must be flexible as not everything has a clear structure
    • Tight deadlines – must have good time management
    • Preparedness, to be on standby all the time
    • Stressful – must have own work-life balance
    • Relatively lower pay as compared to similar premium organisations; must be clear of personal motivations
    • Takes considerable time to climb up career ladder

 Career in HTBSC

  • Qualifications
    • Psychologist – minimum 2nd Upper Honours (Researchers in HTBSC – min 3rd class honours), although there are exceptions
    • Interest in Psychology with willingness to learn, good interpersonal skills etc.
  • Career Prospects
    • HT Specialist Scheme
    • studies/advancement in career
    • 5-day work week, 18 days of leave
    • Alternatively, join as a Behavioural Sciences Research Analyst
  • Internships
    • 3 periods
      – Feb to Apr (Full/Part-time) – Project-based.
      – May to July (Full-time) – 12 to 14 weeks
      – Dec (Full-time) – 5 weeks

Apply: HTBSC Intern Manager Ms Stephanie Chan

Next up: Ministry of Education! Stay tune!

With regards,

NUS Psychology Society

Ministry of Social and Family Development

Hi everyone!

Remember the academic talks you have attended a few months back in NUS?

Have you forgotten what you have been told during that talk?? Or have you missed out the talks? FRET NOT! From today onward, we will be posting the minutes taken during the career talks!

First up will be…

Ministry of Social and Family Development

What is Clinical and Forensic Psychology Branch (CFPB)?

  • Have both clinical and forensic psychologists
  • Different teams in MSF, tackling different areas
    • Trainings for the police, therapy services provided to people who had been abused etc.

Services provided by MSF: 

 Services for trauma an abuse recovery (STAR)

  • Provide services and assessments for victims
    • Assess victim’s risk to himself and to others

Forensic Health Services (FHS)

  • Deal with offenders , work with them in the community settings
  • Offenders are of both genders, from prison and homes
  • Assessed each offenders’ mental health status
  • Treatment provided for violent, theft etc

Research and Programme Evaluation (RPE)

  • Research on various social issues
    • Eg. The rates of recovery after abuse
    • Research in the field of clinical and forensic psychology research based on local context
    • Provide advice and counseling services to different professions in terms of skills management

MSF’s Partners?

  • Provide services to various ministries
    • Eg. Work closely with police forces in forensic interviews
    • Collaborates with FCPW, Voluntary Welfare
    • National care system
      • Psychological services provided in face of crisis

  Who are MSF’s clients?

  • Children, adolescents and adults
    • Eg, people who suffered from trauma abuse
  • Clients’ can have different behaviors
    • Sexual, violent abuses

 How do we tackle offenders?

  • Knowledge from international theories or regulations will be applied to tackle and help those offenders
  • Offenders often have various psychological disorders, hence different professionals will work in teams to assist the offenders

What is required from the psychologist?

  • Understand the client’s situations or circumstances
  • Good clinical skills
  • People-oriented
  • Good social and communication skills
  • Team player
  • Resilient (Able to accept grey areas)
  • Multi-tasking
  • Efficient
  • Good research skills

Benefits of working in MSF

  • You are provided with an opportunity to work in various fields (counseling, research etc.)

  What are the assessment services provided by MSF?

  • Sexual offending risk assessment, suicide risk assessment etc.

Training and career advancement opportunities provided

  • Overseas attachments and trainings
  • Overseas conferences


  • Post-grad qualifications
  • At least master in clinical/ forensic psychology
  • Relevant experience in clinical/ forensic settings
  • Good report-writing skills (for courts, for officers etc.)/ Interpersonal skills
  • Internship experiences beneficial
  • Able to work in a multidisciplinary team

 Is MSF only hiring masters graduates – yes

We hope that you will find the above information relevant and applicable.

Next up will be…


Stay Tune!

With regards,                                                                                                                                 NUS Psychology Society

IMH Tour!

IMH Visits[1]Hi everyone!

NUS Psychology is organizing a visit to the Singapore Institute of Mental Health (IMH) on the 25th of Feb from 9am to 11.30am!

Ever wondered how it would be like to work in IMH? Or are you just curious to debunk the myths and horror stories of the place?

No matter, your chance is HERE!



For further details, look forward to a confirmation email that will be sent to you, if you have signed up, closer to the date of the tour.

While members will be given priority during the allocation of vacancies for the tour NUS Psychology society reserves the right to curtail the privileges of members whose irresponsible behavior deprives others of the opportunity to attend the event.

We hope to see you there !(:

Best regards,
NUS Psychology Society

NUSPsyche Psychology Talks 2013‏

Dear NUS Psyche members.

NUS Psychology Society is holding our Psychology Talks 2013 from 28th Jan to 1st Feb 2013.

We have invited experts from various fields to aid you in knowing more about your career path of interest.If you are interested in knowing more about your career of interest, gaining opinions from these experts as well as to hear about other fields of psychology, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Furthermore, with these experts currently working in the field, you will be able to gain more information about internships at the same time.

We will be holding our ticket sales on 21st to 23rd January 2013 during 10 am to 6 pm along bench 10-11 located at the AS1 walkway near the Central Library. The tickets are free for NUSPsyche members and are $2 for each talk (nominal fee) for non-members.

Both members and non-members are to collect/purchase their tickets at the ticket booth in the above mentioned time and venue.

The talks are highly recommended for all Psychology Majors as well as students who are interested in the relevant fields.

Do refer to the attached poster for the dates and the respective guest speakers for the days.

For more information, come look for us at our booth! (:

Psychtalks poster

Freshmen Assistance Session

Dear Freshmen,
As Semester 1 of AY2012/2013 approaches, you may start to worry about CORS bidding and wonder how to secure your modules for your first semester in NUS. You may also have several unanswered questions pertaining to Psychology as a major.
To ease your transition into University life, NUS Psychology Society is organizing a Freshmen Assistance Session to guide you as you bid for your modules for the first time in Round 1C and answer any queries you may have. Come join us! Feel free to invite your friends along, especially if they are interested to major in Psychology too! 😀
Freshmen Assistance Session
Date: 2 August 2012, Thursday
Time: 10am to 4pm 
(You are not required to stay throughout.)
Venue:Psychology Society Room
BLK ADM Level 2 Student Societies’ Rooms 

(First room on your right after entering the black gate)

If you are coming to the session for assistance with CORS bidding, kindly come prepared with the following:

– Your own laptop (fully-charged)

– Your laptop charger
A list of at least 5 modules that you want to take in this upcoming semester
Your NUSNET ID and password
Feel free to contact us if you have any queries or if you are not able to find the venue.
Annabel – 9841 5590
Jia Hui – 9668 5054
See you there on 2 August!
Warm Regards,
NUS Psychology Society
Disclaimer: This session is an initiative organized by the NUS Psychology Society, not the Psychology Department. We are unable to guarantee that you will get the modules that you want through this session, but will try to provide assistance and advice to the best of our abilities! 🙂