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What do Psychologists do?

"A psychologist studies normal and abnormal mental states from cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behaviour by observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments. To become a psychologist, a person often completes a graduate university degree in psychology, but in most jurisdictions, members of other behavioural professions (such as counsellors and psychiatrists) can also evaluate, diagnose, treat, and study mental processes.

Psychologists practicing within two general categories of psychology: applied psychology which includes "practitioners" or "professionals", and research-orientated psychology which includes "scientists", or "scholars". The training models endorsed by the American Psychological Association (APA) require that applied psychologists be trained as both researchers and practitioners, and that they possess advanced degrees.

Psychologists typically have one of two degrees (a professional doctorate such as a PsyD or PhD). The PhD prepares a psychologist to conduct scientific research for a career in academia; whereas, the PsyD prepares for clinical practice (e.g. testing, psychotherapy). Both PsyD and PhD programmes can prepare students to be licensed psychologists, and training in these types of programmes prepares graduates to take state licensing exams.

Within the two main categories are many further types of psychologists as reflected by the 56 professional classifications recognised by the APA, including clinical, counselling, and educational psychologists. Such professionals work with persons in a variety of therapeutic contexts. People often think of the discipline as involving only such clinical or counselling psychologists. While counselling and psychotherapy are common activities for psychologists, these applied fields are just two branches in the larger domain of psychology. There are other classifications such as industrial, organisational and community psychologists, whose professionals mainly apply psychological research, theories, and techniques to "real-world" problems of business, industry, social benefit organisations, government, and academia."

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How do Psychologists Help People and Organisations?

The work of specific areas that psychologists work in is summarised well by UCAS:

"Psychologists use excellent communication and listening skills to help people with psychological difficulties. This job role usually involves specialising in an area, such as:

  • Educational – helping children and young people to overcome difficulties and further their educational and psychological development
  • Occupational – helping businesses improve their performance and increase employee job satisfaction
  • Health – promoting healthy attitudes and behaviour, and helping patients and their families to cope with illness
  • Counselling – helping people resolve their problems and make decisions, particularly at stressful times in their lives
  • Neuropsychology – helping patients with brain injuries and diseases to recover or improve their quality of life
  • Forensic or criminal – using psychological theory to help investigate crimes, rehabilitate offenders and support prison staff
  • Clinical – working with people to help them deal with conditions ranging from anxiety and stress to depression and mental illness
  • Sports and exercise – working with individuals, teams and organisations to improve motivation and performance in coaching, training and competition."

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How is Psychology Defined?

"Psychology is the study of how people think and behave – a combination of science and practice. Clinial psychology for example is using direct observation, interviews and techniques such as psychometric testing, they assess a patient’s problem. Treatment requires the cooperation of the patient and you will work in partnership with them to treat and manage their condition. This will usually take place over a series of sessions."

Source NHS Careers: Psychologist

What is the Difference Between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

Many people get psychiatrists and psychologists confused with each other psychiatrists prescribe medication, whereas psychologists do not.

The focus of a psychiatrist's training is in medicine, they are medical doctors first with additional training in the science of the human mind and behaviour. Psychologists are specialists in the human mind and behaviour.

"Both psychiatrists and psychologists understand how the brain works, our emotions, feelings and thoughts. Both can treat mental illness with psychological treatments (talking therapies)."

Source Your Health and Mind Psychiatrists and Psychologists

How Do Psychologists Work with the Legal Profession and the Courts?

Psychologists of all specialities may work with the legal profession, in criminal and family proceedings forensic psycholgists specialise in work where people are in contact with the law, lawyers and the legal system.

What Forensic Psychologists do in More Detail

"The work forensic psychologists mainly relate to the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour. They work not only with prisoners and offenders, but with other professionals involved in the judicial and penal systems as well as with victims of crime.

While they are will be involved in criminal profiling, they provide research-based evidence to develop policy and working practices, as well as give evidence in court and advise parole boards and mental health tribunals. The forensic psychologists work will help to rehabilitate prisoners and they support and train other staff."

Source Prospects: Forensic Psychologist

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