Psychologists diagnose psychological and emotional disorders, counsel clients and provide therapy as well as research and apply theory relating to behaviour and mental processes.
- Diagnose clients, e.g. through interviews, diagnostics tests, etc.
- Provide therapeutic treatment to individuals, families or groups.
- Advise clients on relevant issues, e.g. how to deal with problems of everyday living.
- Consult with other (e.g., medical) disciplines, e.g. regarding the best treatment for clients.
- Design and implement treatment programs, e.g. behavior modification programs, mental health programs, etc.
- Collaborate with other disciplines in designing and implementing treatment and intervention programs.
- Construct tests and other analytical tools, e.g. to asses and predict mental and emotional states.
- Conduct scientific research in field of specialisation, individually or by participating in a research group.
- Publish research findings in scholarly journals or books.
- Participate in professional conferences, e.g. by delivering lectures, presentations, chairing sessions, etc..
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- Behavioural disorders
The often emotionally disruptive types of behaviour a child or adult can show, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).
- Counselling methods
Counselling techniques used in different settings and with various groups and individuals, especially concerning methods of supervision and mediation in the counselling process.
- Health care occupation-specific ethics
The moral standards and procedures, ethical questions and obligations specific to occupations in a health care setting such as respect for human dignity, self-determination, informed consent and patient confidentiality.
The human behaviour and performance with individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation.
- Psychological diagnostics
The psychological diagnostics strategies, methods and techniques concerning health-related experiences and behaviours as well as mental disorders
The theories, methods and concepts related to consultation and communication with clients.
- Psychological interventions
The characteristics of the methods and procedures meant to instigate change in human behaviour.
- Client-centred counselling
Practice that encourages clients to concentrate on how they feel at the present moment during the counseling session in order to search for the most appropriate solutions.
- Psychological counselling methods
The various psychological counselling, training and coaching methods for persons of all ages, groups and organizations considering medical aspects.
- Test for behavioural patterns
Discern patterns in the behaviour of individuals by using various tests in order to understand the causes of their behaviour.
- Monitor therapeutic progress
Monitor therapeutic progress and modify treatment according to each patient's condition.
- Listen actively
Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.
- Test for emotional patterns
Discern patterns in the emotions of individuals by using various tests in order to understand the causes of these emotions.
- Respond to healthcare users' extreme emotions
React accordingly when a healthcare user becomes hyper-manic, panicky, extremely distressed, agressive, violent, or suicidal, following appropriate training if working in contexts where patients go through extreme emotions regularly.
- Use clinical assessment techniques
Use clinical reasoning techniques and clinical judgement when applying a range of appropriate assessment techniques, such as mental status assessment, diagnosis, dynamic formulation, and potential treatment planning.
- 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.
- Identify mental health issues
Recognise and critically evaluate any possible mental health/illness issues.
- 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.
- Counsel clients
Assist and guide clients to overcome their personal, social, or psychological issues.
- Ensure safety of healthcare users
Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.
- Refer healthcare users
Make referrals to other professionals, based on the healthcare user's requirements and needs, especially when recognising that additional healthcare diagnostics or interventions are required.
- Interpret psychological tests
Interpret psychological tests in order to obtain information on your patient`s intelligence, achievements, interests, and personality.
- Work in a multicultural environment in health care
Interact, relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of different cultures, when working in a healthcare environment.
- Follow clinical guidelines
Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.
- Interact with healthcare users
Communicate with clients and their carer’s, with the patient’s permission, to keep them informed about the clients’ and patients’ progress and safeguarding confidentiality.
- Prescribe medication
Prescribe medications, when indicated, for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to the client`s needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice, national and practice protocols and within scope of practice.
- Conduct psychological assessement
Assess patient`s behaviour and needs via observation and tailored interviews, administering and interpreting psychometric and idiosyncratic assessments.
Optional knowledge and skillsneurology apply systemic therapy work with healthcare users' social network provide health education clinical psychological treatment empathise with the healthcare user ensure proper appointment administration diagnose mental disorders clinical reports facilitate the psychological development of the healthcare user work on the effects of abuse psychiatric diagnostics crisis intervention promote mental health first aid assess healthcare users' risk for harm psychiatry apply caseload management psychiatric disorders
Source: Sisyphus ODB