Clinical Psychologists are licensed professionals who provide direct services to patients needing help with mental or behavioral issues. They conduct and interpret personality tests, diagnose mental illnesses, organize treatment plans, and administer psychotherapy.
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Sensitivity to individual and cultural differences
Opportunity to help people- which is rewarding
Opportunity to interact with poeople fom diverse backgrounds
With a good client base, one has a steady income
Increasing awareness about the need for mental health care- reduces the stigma surrounding the profession
Easy to dictate hours and direction of profession if working in a self owned practise
There is a lot of stigma around mental health and mental health care
It is an emotionally draining profession- It is important to learn to distance oneself from work
Mental health care cannot be forced- if a person does not want help, they won't respond to therapy
Due to lack of awareness and appreciation of the profession, the pay may be very less
No fixed hours- client can call anytime and one cannot refuse mental health care
It takes 6-8 years to become a certified practising psychologist
GOT WHAT IT TAKES?
NGOs- Mental Health Social Worker
Are passionate about mental halth care
Are a good listener
Ability to relate to and empathise with a range of people
Excellent communication skills
High Emotional Quotient
Are good at picking up on social cues and body language
Interesting Facts about the career
Your common sense is often very wrong- That's the thing about common sense—just because something seems like it should be true doesn't necessarily mean that it is. Researchers are able to take some of these questions and presumptions about human behavior and test them scientifically, assessing the truth or falsehood in some of our commonly held beliefs about ourselves. By using scientific methods, experimenters can investigate human issues objectively and fairly.
Role of Psychologists- Although psychologists are trained in the diagnosis of mental health issues, it is not always helpful or relevant for a psychologist to provide a diagnosis, and sometimes clients don’t meet the criteria for a diagnosis anyway.
Talking to a psychologist is not the same as talking to a family member- A psychologist can provide a perspective that is unique and unbiased, in part because they are not involved in your personal life and therefore have no vested interested, but also because psychologists undergo extensive training to learn to listen in a way that is active, empathic, non-judgemental and objective. This particular way of listening often allows people to open up and explore beliefs, memories, experiences, ideas, fears and feelings that they might feel reluctant to speak about with friends or family.