Assess and evaluate individuals? problems through observations, interviews, case history and psychological tests and provide suggested remedial treatment and/or counselling.
Psychologists research into and study the mental disorders, processes and behaviour of human beings as individuals or in groups, and apply this knowledge to promote personal, social, educational or occupational adjustment and development. They typically study issues associated with how people think and feel and provide treatment and counselling in order to reduce distress and behavioural and psychological problems. They also promote mental health and positive behaviour in individuals and groups. Maybe required to be licensed, registered or certified to be permitted to work by a government authority, agency or approved certifying/ societal body.
Job activities and tasks include:
- planning and carrying out tests to measure mental, physical and other characteristics such as intelligence, abilities, aptitudes, potentialities, etc;, interpreting and evaluating results, and providing advice
- analyzing the effect of heredity, social, occupational and other factors on individual thought and behaviour
- conducting counselling or therapeutic interviews with individuals and groups, and providing follow-up services
- maintaining required contacts, such as those with family members, educational authorities or employers, and recommending possible solutions to, and treatment of, problems
- studying psychological factors in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses and emotional or personality disorders, and conferring with related professionals
- preparing scholarly papers and reports
- formulating achievement, diagnostic and predictive tests for use by teachers in planning methods and content of instruction
- conducting surveys and research studies on job design, work groups, morale, motivation, supervision and management
- developing theories, models and methods to interpret and describe human behaviour.
Advanced specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
Usually work regular business hours, but may have to work evenings and weekends, depending on client availability and deadlines. They often work in locations such as offices, hospitals, clients? homes, schools and prisons and may work in emotionally draining and stressful circumstances. They may be required to travel locally, nationally or internationally to visit or meet clients/stakeholders. They may also undertake research, write reports and attend conferences and seminars.
Bachelor degrees in psychology and may need to hold a Master?s degree in psychology (Psy. D.) or related field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.
5 - 7 years and above
Abu Dhabi Education Council, Shaheen Development, Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs
Above the industry average
Examples of job titles:Clinical psychologist - Educational psychologist - Organizational psychologist - Psychotherapist - Sports psychologist
Examples of some related occupations:
Forensic psychologist - Child psychologist - Clinical therapist - Out-patient therapist - Pediatric psychologist - Behavioural psychologist - Eating disorder specialist - Sex offender treatment professional - Counsellor - Psychotherapist - Chemical dependency therapist
Counselling services director - Applied behaviour science specialist (ABSS) - Therapist
Clinical counsellor - College counsellor - Counselling psychologist - Organizational psychologist - Educational and developmental psychologist - Clinical neuropsychologist - Sport and exercise psychologist - Clinical psychologist - Psychiatrist