Profession assistant clinical psychologist

Assistant clinical psychologists aid psychologists in their work. They work in healthcare facilities or private practices where they assist psychologists with their treatment of patients. Assistant clinical psychologists are healthcare professionals that can assess patients with psychological tests and aid with therapy, as well as performing administrative functions.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Social / Realistic
  • Conventional / Social

Knowledge

  • Psychological concepts

    The psychological concepts of health protection and health promotion.

  • Evaluation of psychological performance

    The characteristics of the methods used to assess psychological parameters.

  • Therapy in health care

    The principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions.

  • Diagnosis of mental health issues

    The diagnosis of mental health issues such as disorders or illnesses, and psychological factors in other diseases within different issues and different age groups.

  • Psychological interventions

    The characteristics of the methods and procedures meant to instigate change in human behaviour.

  • Psychiatry

    Psychiatry is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Psychological diagnostics

    The psychological diagnostics strategies, methods and techniques concerning health-related experiences and behaviours as well as mental disorders

  • Psychology

    The human behaviour and performance with individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation.

Skills

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

  • Apply health sciences

    Apply a broad range of bio-medical, psycho-social, organisational, educational, and societal aspects of health, disease, and healthcare to improve healthcare services and to improve quality of life.

  • Apply psychological intervention strategies

    Use various intervention strategies to treat patients in clinical psychology.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Identify mental health issues

    Recognise and critically evaluate any possible mental health/illness issues.

  • Assist psychologist

    Assist psychologists in their work. Provide assistance in their treatment of patients such as conducting tests, analysing the correct treatment and providing therapy. Assist in maintaining administrative records of patients.

  • Assess healthcare users' risk for harm

    Evaluate the healthcare user's potential for harm to him- or herself or others, intervening effectively to minimise risk and implement prevention methods.

  • Assess the patient's therapeutic needs

    Observe and assess the patient`s behaviour, attitudes and emotions in order to understand if and how their therapeutic needs can be met with a specific kind of therapy, collecting and analysing information on how the client makes, responds to, and relates to artistic stimulae. Relate this information to other aspects of the patient`s life.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Conduct psychological research

    Plan, supervise and undertake psychological research, writing papers to describe the research results.

  • Apply context specific clinical competences

    Apply professional and evidence based assessment, goal setting, delivery of intervention and evaluation of clients, taking into account the developmental and contextual history of the clients, within one`s own scope of practice.

  • Decide upon a psychotherapeutic approach

    Make an informed choice about which type of psychotherapeutic intervention to apply when working with patients, according to their needs.

  • Work with patterns of psychological behaviour

    Work with the patterns of a patient or client's psychological behaviour, which may be outside of their conscious awareness, such as non-verbal and pre-verbal patterns, clinical processes of defence mechanisms, resistances, transference and counter-transference.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Conduct psychological assessement

    Assess patient`s behaviour and needs via observation and tailored interviews, administering and interpreting psychometric and idiosyncratic assessments.

Optional knowledge and skills

formulate a case conceptualisation model for therapy empathise with the healthcare user provide clinical psychological counselling provide health psychological treatment advice evaluate clinical psychological measures first aid analyse psychological aspects of illness clinical psychological treatment counsel clients clinical reports evaluate psychological health measures cognitive psychology provide health psychological diagnosis consultation carry out neuropsychological testing developmental psychology provide clinical psychological support in crisis situations provide health psychological concepts health psychology provide health psychological analysis apply clinical psychological treatment interpret psychological tests provide health psychological advice provide clinical psychological assessment provide clinical psychological expert opinions paediatric psychology human psychological development provide first aid