A Child Psychologist assesses infants/children’s behavioural, social, and emotional patterns through tests and researches and then helps in the development and the growth of children through different treatments and therapies. They are known for their skills in creatively communicating with infants and children and tactfully solving problems.
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Passion for Mental Healh Care
Data Analysis to interpret Psychological Test results
Excellent communication skills
Are creative problem solvers
It is rewarding to work with children as the efforts materialise
The field is extremely diverse with lots of opportunities and specializations available
Working along with a school or having a private office allows for fixed working hours
Great earning potential
Parents often do not understand the theraputic process and may make unreasonable demands
Usually have to work long and erratic hours
Education is long and expensive
Working with children who have troubled pasts is extremely challenging and emotionally draining
GOT WHAT IT TAKES?
Hospital/nursing home- with a pediatrician
Have a passion for working with children
Critically think and analyse each problem
Enjoy interpreting data and test results
Are able to come up with creative solutions for dynamic problems
Interesting Facts about the career
Founder of Developmental psychology- The earliest theory of child development was propounded by Jean Piaget in 1936 and is still widely recognised today.
"Children the same as adults?"- Centuries ago, childhood psychology wasn't even thought of. It is commonly believed that children during the Medieval times, for instance, were viewed as nothing more than small versions of adults. They were dressed the same and often treated the same as the typical adult.
Getting rid of sin!- Shortly thereafter, original sin was the most common belief. This school of thought stated that children were born basically as purely evil beings. The purpose of a child's upbringing was to rid him of sin.
Why are babies so cute?- Scientists believe that humans are evolutionarily programmed to find babies cute to ensure that babies are cared for, despite restless nights and bouts of colic.