Career outlook for clinical psychologist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help people with mental and emotional difficulties to make positive changes in their thinking and behaviour.
Your clients may experience psychological difficulties such as anxiety, depression, phobias or eating disorders.
You’d listen to them and help them understand their thoughts and actions. You’d use therapy, counselling or advice to help them overcome their distress or learn how to live with it and manage it.
- Assess people's needs through interviews, psychometric tests and observations
- Decide on the most appropriate form of treatment
- Plan a treatment programme and work with clients in groups or one-to-one
- Write reports about your cases and explain your approach at case conferences with colleagues
You would work closely with other professionals, such as doctors and probation officers, to achieve specific goals for your clients. For example, you might help an ex-offender with rehabilitation so they can successfully join the community or provide specialised counselling and support for carers.
With experience, you could be involved in producing legal reports and acting as an expert witness in court. You could also go on to specialise in working with a particular group, such as children, young offenders or older adults.
You might also do research and publish your findings.
You could work for the National Health Service (NHS) or in the private sector. The NHS salary for this role is covered by the the NHS Agenda for Change pay rates. You can see information about the pay and conditions on the Clinical psychologist page on the NHS Careers website.
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- Verbal communication
- Written communication
- Social conscience
- Developing a plan
- Time management
- Making decisions
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