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Psychologist Overview

 

Psychology studies the mind and behavior, embracing all aspects of the human experience. Its studies encompass everything from the functioning of the brain to the actions of nations, from the developmental stages of a child to care for the elderly.

Understanding behavior is the purview of Psychologists, whether they are working in scientific research centers or mental health care service positions.

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Responsibilities

 

While a psychologist will traditionally treat patients with mental or emotional issues, they may also serve as research scientists in the phenomenon of human and non-human behavior.

Psychologists study how humans relate to each other and to the environment around them, including human relations to machines, and how these relationships are improved.

Psychologists concentrate on behaviors that affect the mental health and emotional well-being, as well as mental functioning, of healthy human beings.

When doing research, psychologists follow the scientific method, using careful observation, controlled experimentation and precise analysis.

Their theories of human behavior are tested through their research. As new information is gleaned, psychologists’ findings are incorporated into the body of knowledge that active practitioners call upon in their clinical work with patients and clients.

The field of psychology is tremendously varied. Psychologists perform both basic and applied research, and serve as consultants to communities and organizations.

They diagnose and treat patients with mental or emotional issues, test intelligence and personality traits. Some Psychologists choose to teach future psychologists and other students.

Psychologists are excellent resources for information needed to understand different cultures in an increasingly diverse population.

A psychologist has many avenues open to him or her when it comes to deciding on a setting in which to practice. Some of the different career options available within the profession include:

  • Working with business executives, athletes and performers to improve performance and relieve stress.

  • Advising lawyers on jury selection

  • Collaborating with educators to design school reforms

  • Grief and trauma counseling, such as working with victims after a traumatic event such as a plane crash or a school shooting

  • Working with law enforcement to analyze the causes of certain events

  • Collaborating with public health officials to devise plans for coping with and preventing reoccurrence of disastrous events

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Skills

 

Since psychologists encounter a wide range of people with a variety of problems, they must have a long list of skills that allows them to interact with people effectively and treat emotional and psychological issues. Along with professional skills, psychologists need interpersonal skills, and to be ethical and stable people.

Their skills include, but are not limited to, the following:

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Empathy

Must be very compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Emotional Stability

Must be emotionally stable so they can help others who are not. Must be a solid foundation and be able to handle stress and separate personal emotion so as to stay objective and be effective in treatment.

Ethics

Psychologists must have a solid ethical code and keep sessions with patients confidential as they can greatly affect people's lives. Must know that there could be consequences for error.

Interpersonal

Must be able to work well with people and meet with them on an emotional level and interact with them effectively.

Open-Mindedness

Psychologists interact with a range of people from all walks of life, therefore they must be open-minded and tolerant of different cultures and circumstances. Since they are in a research field, they must be open to new studies and findings as to adapt with changing times.

Trustworthiness

People have to trust their psychologist. The job is all about inspiring patients to confide in you and trust you with their problems. If you aren't trustworthy, you will never make it as a Psychologist.

Patience

Psychologists need to be very patient due to long sessions with patients and the research needed to become a better professional. They must understand it takes time to see results and be willing to put in that time.

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Working Conditions

 

Independent practice is the preferred employment setting for many Psychologists. They may also work in collaboration with these professionals:

  • Physicians

  • Scientists

  • Lawyers

  • Computer experts

  • School personnel

  • Engineers

  • Policymakers

  • Managers

Psychologists commonly work in the following environments:

  • Hospitals

  • Laboratories

  • Courtrooms

  • Public and private schools

  • Colleges and universities

  • Community health centers

  • Assisted living facilities

  • Prisons

  • Corporate offices

Most psychologists profess to be very satisfied with their work, citing the variety in daily tasks and the flexibility of their schedules as major pluses in favor of the profession.

Their interest is fascinated by the exciting changes happening in the field, from adapting technology to work in conjunction with humans to psychologists working as part of a primary health care team.

Psychologists are working to find answers to research questions in such areas as perception, prevention and learning, helping educators train the next generations through the use of new technology and knowledge. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
02.23.2018
This position will be located at Maine Medical Center, Burn Department. The position will be a generalist (clinical psychologist) mental health Clinician with interest, training and/or experience integrating mental health services into the...
02.23.2018
As part of the primary care or behavioral health treatment team, the Staff Psychologist provides diagnostic assessment, psychological testing, and psychotherapy services for patients and families with medical and behavioral health problems. The...
02.23.2018
The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Coordinator Psychologist position will be located within the Mental Health Service Line at VA Central Iowa Health Care System. This position is responsible for the coordination, integration, and oversight of the...
08.21.2017
The Clinical Psychologist provides a comprehensive range of evaluation and treatment processes for patient/family through biopsychosocial assessment including psychological evaluation instruments (such as MMPI). The Clinical Psychologist...
02.23.2018
If you are a current, permanent employee of VA Central Iowa Health Care System, the Department of Veteran Affairs, or another federal agency, please apply under vacancy announcement CBAV-10138851-18-KT. The Substance Use Disorder (SUD)...
11.10.2017
A psychologist in this role will be involved in the provision of behavioral health treatment services, including psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and consultation.
04.29.2016
The Pain Clinic Psychologist will carry out psycho-diagnostic and psycho-therapeutic activities for the Anesthesia Pain Medicine Service. The Psychologist will develop psychological assessments and cognitive treatments in parallel with other...
02.08.2018
St. Vincent Healthcare seeks an experienced and passionate NeuroPyschologist to join our established and busy Behavioral Health team in a turnkey practice integrated with hospital services.  Our hospital-employed position is...
02.23.2018
Pain Psychologist Schedule-Full-time Job-Physician Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Mercy Clinics is seek a BC/BE Pain...
02.23.2018
VCU Health System's Feeding Program ChoR is seeking a full time Clinical Psychologist. The Clinical Psychologist provides clinical psychology services to patients and their families. Prepares treatment plans, interventions and continually...
02.23.2018
The Coordinator Pain Psychologist Services is responsible for planning, prioritizing, and implementing behavioral health and integrated care services in the Neuro Pain Clinic. Provides administrative direction and lead efforts to build the...
01.19.2018
Program Description: CASD Complex Behavior Program provides intensive behavioral intervention targeted at addressing problem behavior through our Day Treatment services. The Day Treatment services target reducing challenging behaviors such as...
10.27.2017
The Psychologist provides professional counseling and psychological testing to assigned patients and families when indicated utilizing therapeutic intervention skills and techniques appropriate for his/her professional license. The Psychologist...
02.23.2018
Clinical Psychologist Pediatric Specialty Care, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Maine Medical Partners Portland, ME Full Time, Days Maine Medical Partners is seeking a Clinical Psychologist Pediatric Specialty Care in Portland. This is...
02.23.2018
Essentia Health Duluth Clinic Outpatient Clinic, may include some Inpatient and regional outreach JOB SUMMARY To provide therapeutic services and psychological evaluations to patients of all ages. This is to include but is not limited to...
  1. Psychologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    This position will be located at Maine Medical Center, Burn Department. The position will be a generalist (clinical psychologist) mental health Clinician with interest, training and/or experience integrating mental health services into the...
  2. Psychologist St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    As part of the primary care or behavioral health treatment team, the Staff Psychologist provides diagnostic assessment, psychological testing, and psychotherapy services for patients and families with medical and behavioral health problems. The...
  3. Psychologist Des Moines, IA VA Central Iowa Health Care System
    The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Coordinator Psychologist position will be located within the Mental Health Service Line at VA Central Iowa Health Care System. This position is responsible for the coordination, integration, and oversight of the...
  4. Clinical Psychologist Indianapolis, IN Eskenazi Health
    The Clinical Psychologist provides a comprehensive range of evaluation and treatment processes for patient/family through biopsychosocial assessment including psychological evaluation instruments (such as MMPI). The Clinical Psychologist...
  5. Psychologist Des Moines, IA VA Central Iowa Health Care System
    If you are a current, permanent employee of VA Central Iowa Health Care System, the Department of Veteran Affairs, or another federal agency, please apply under vacancy announcement CBAV-10138851-18-KT. The Substance Use Disorder (SUD)...
  6. Staff Psychologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    A psychologist in this role will be involved in the provision of behavioral health treatment services, including psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and consultation.
  7. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Pain Clinic Psychologist will carry out psycho-diagnostic and psycho-therapeutic activities for the Anesthesia Pain Medicine Service. The Psychologist will develop psychological assessments and cognitive treatments in parallel with other...
  8. Psychologist Billings, MT St Vincent - SCL Health
    St. Vincent Healthcare seeks an experienced and passionate NeuroPyschologist to join our established and busy Behavioral Health team in a turnkey practice integrated with hospital services.  Our hospital-employed position is...
  9. Pain Psychologist Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
    Pain Psychologist Schedule-Full-time Job-Physician Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Mercy Clinics is seek a BC/BE Pain...
  10. Clin Psychologist (CH) Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Feeding Program ChoR is seeking a full time Clinical Psychologist. The Clinical Psychologist provides clinical psychology services to patients and their families. Prepares treatment plans, interventions and continually...
  11. Pain Psychologist (Coordinator) St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    The Coordinator Pain Psychologist Services is responsible for planning, prioritizing, and implementing behavioral health and integrated care services in the Neuro Pain Clinic. Provides administrative direction and lead efforts to build the...
  12. Psychologist - Autism Columbus, OH Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Program Description: CASD Complex Behavior Program provides intensive behavioral intervention targeted at addressing problem behavior through our Day Treatment services. The Day Treatment services target reducing challenging behaviors such as...
  13. Psychologist (FT 100%) Adena Counseling Center Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
    The Psychologist provides professional counseling and psychological testing to assigned patients and families when indicated utilizing therapeutic intervention skills and techniques appropriate for his/her professional license. The Psychologist...
  14. Clinical Psychologist-Pediatric Specialty Care Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Clinical Psychologist Pediatric Specialty Care, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Maine Medical Partners Portland, ME Full Time, Days Maine Medical Partners is seeking a Clinical Psychologist Pediatric Specialty Care in Portland. This is...
  15. Psychologist Doctorate, Duluth MN Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    Essentia Health Duluth Clinic Outpatient Clinic, may include some Inpatient and regional outreach JOB SUMMARY To provide therapeutic services and psychological evaluations to patients of all ages. This is to include but is not limited to...