Clinical psychologists use psychological therapies and procedures to help clients overcome a range of problems including depression, addiction, anxiety, challenging behaviour, neurological disorders, serious and permanent mental ill health and learning disabilities.
Roles and responsibilities
What does a Clinical Psychologist do?
Clinical Psychologists may perform the following tasks:
- Conduct community-focused psychosocial research
- Assess the psychosocial needs of individuals, groups, organisations and residential communities
- Conduct community consultation to inform public policy development
- Enhance engagement and collaboration within a diverse community
- Evaluate the processes and outcomes of community programs that address psychosocial needs
- Coordinate systems to manage projects
- Educate staff in community consultation skills
- Provide counselling and advocacy for individuals and groups
- Negotiate and mediate to manage and resolve conflict
- Develop, facilitate and evaluate group-based intervention and education programs
- Develop and conduct health promotion and education programs
- Promote and manage attitudinal and behavioural social change in individuals, systems, organisations and communities.
What personal requirements will you need?
- Empathy and a person-centred approach to clients
- Tolerance of stress
- The ability to recognise your own limitations and respond to difficult situations
- The ability to apply your knowledge of academic psychology and research to clinical problems
- The capacity to be critical and analytical and to work in a self-motivated, independent way
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to deal with people in distress
- The ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines.
Undergraduate Courses To Become
Required major/s to pursue this career
Postgraduate Courses To Become
The University of Western Australia