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What is a Child Psychologist?

By Mike S Teluka Subscribe to RSS | January 18th 2012 | Views:
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It's a type of psychologist who deals with the mental, social and emotional development of children. Normally the child psychologists observe the development from the prenatal period through puberty. A few major topics include language development, genetics, personality, gender roles, cognitive development, sexual development and social growth.

They may work with different ages of children or it could be a specific age group. The number of patients would not matter as the psychologist would highly focus on helping to understand, diagnose and treat development, prevent, cognitive, social and emotional issues and supervise other teams.

Now there are some related options to this career:

Abnormal psychologist

Adolescent psychologist

Developmental psychologist

School psychologist

Educational psychologist

Educational requirements:

There are some opportunities with a master's degree, but there are more options at the doctoral-level. There are several programs which offer child psychology degree, but it's better to earn a Ph.D. or Psy.D. After completing the degree a supervised clinical internship is required that usually lasts for 3 years. Depending on the country you are in you would then normally be required to be accredited by a health counsel like the HPC.

What does a Child Psychologist do?

It depends upon where he or she works. Some of them counsel young patients in therapeutic situations, while some of them work in research so they can explore different aspects of child psychology.

The job duties depend on the specialization, a few of the tasks may include:

Treating and diagnosing learning or developmental disabilities

Manage behavioral issues

Administering psychological issues

Conducting scientific researchWorking with a health care team to create a treatment plan for a client

Educational requirements:

There are some opportunities with a master's degree, but there are more options at the doctoral-level. There are several programs which offer child related psychology degrees, but it's better to earn a Ph.D. or Psy.D. After completing the degree a supervised clinical internship is required that usually lasts for 2-3 years, and then pass state and national evaluation to become licensed.

Where does a Child Psychologist work?

They may work at schools, courts, hospitals, and mental health clinics, or as part of a private practise.

How is the Job Outlook

Job prospects are anticipated to be the strongest for doctorate degree holders in an applied specialty area. The awareness of child mental health is increased so it should also help to spur the demand for child psychologist.

How much can you earn?

Salaries may vary for child psychologists on geographic location, sector of employment, educational background and experience in the field. But depending on your level or grade, you could earn between £30,000-60,000 per annum.

Mike S Teluka - About Author:
If you would like to explore becoming a UK child Psychologist or a chartered psychologist

Please get in touch: support@thefamilypsychologist.co.uk

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