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Psychology

THE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

The clinical psychologist can assess a child’s strengths and difficulties and help identify their needs. The psychologist may assess a child’s emotional well-being, behaviour, social skills, attention and skills of daily living. Psychological assessment can include interviews, observations, standardised tests and consultation with other professionals working with the child. Assessment can help in making recommendations for a child and planning interventions and supports for them. The Psychologist meets with parents to give them feedback about assessment findings and recommendations.

Therapy

The clinical psychologist provides therapeutic interventions directly to children and adolescents. This might also happen on an individual basis or through some group work. Therapy may focus on issues such as adaptation to special needs, relationships, challenging behaviour, symptoms of anxiety or depression or other difficulties.

Support for Parents and Families

The role of the clinical psychologist also involves working closely with parents and families. They can help parents with strategies for managing a child’s behaviour, emotional problems, relationships and social interaction, sleeping, eating, toileting, and other difficulties at home or school. The psychologist can also provide supportive counselling for parents in relation to a child’s special needs and help them develop useful coping strategies.

Consultation

The clinical psychologist consults with other professionals working with a child, such as teachers, other therapists and medical professionals. They can provide guidance and support around appropriate interventions and plans to meet a child’s needs.

 
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