Clinical Psychology Dept

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Q1: What Is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical psychology is the branch of psychology (regulated mental health profession) concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental illness, abnormal behavior and psychiatric problems. This field integrates the scientist practitioner model of psychology with the treatment of complex human problems.

Q2: What Clinical psychologists do?

Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being. Clinical psychologists work with clients of all ages on a variety of different mental or physical health problems including:

  • Stress
  • depression and anxiety
  • schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • adjustment to physical illness, trauma or injuries
  • neurological disorders
  • addictive behaviours
  • challenging behaviours
  • eating disorders
  • personal and family relationship problems
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Sexual disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • crises such as divorce or the loss of a loved one

Some of the job roles performed by clinical psychologists at the department include:
  • assessing a client's needs, abilities or behaviour using a variety of methods, including psychological and neuropsychological tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour
  • writing assessment report on clients for job or school placement
  • devising and monitoring appropriate programmes of treatment, including therapy, counselling or advice, in collaboration with colleagues
  • offering therapy and treatments for difficulties relating to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, stress, drug and alcohol addiction, social and interpersonal problems and challenging behaviour
  • developing and evaluating service provision for clients
  • providing consultation to other professions, encouraging a psychological approach in their work
  • counselling and supporting careers
  • Provide occupational, educational, and other information to individuals so that they can make educational and vocational plans
  • Carrying out applied research, adding to the evidence base of practice in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Offering testimony in legal settings
  • Teaching
  • Creating and administering program to treat and prevent social problems
  • Working as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside doctors, nurses, social workers, education professionals, health visitors, psychiatrists and occupational therapists.
  • Refer clients to other specialists, institutions, or support services as necessary.