Clinical Psychologists work with people who are diagnosed with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Their patients may have personality disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or another mental health condition.
These psychologists help assess, diagnose, and treat their patients. Practicing Clinical Psychologists often choose a specific segment of the population to work with like veterans, the elderly, children, or the LGBTQ communities. Even within a smaller, focused group, their patients can have an assortment of unique issues.
When they meet with their patients, Clinical Psychologists help them process the difficulties of their lives and alleviate some of their stress. They may work with someone who has PTSD and is suffering from flashbacks, or their patient may be struggling with a major depressive episode and is searching for healthy coping strategies.
No matter the patient, it’s a Clinical Psychologist’s job to use their psychological knowledge to assess their patients and diagnose them, create and carry out treatment plans, and, if their patient is experiencing a mental health episode, get them the help they need. This sometimes results in an inpatient admission.
Besides therapizing their patients, these practitioners complete psychological studies to learn more about the field and providing consulting to community organizations and government agencies.
At Work, a Clinical Psychologist Can:
- Administer psychological tests to assess their patient
- Check their patient’s progress in treatment and update the care plan to reflect their current state
- Serve as crisis intervention if their patient is having a mental health episode
- Maintain their knowledge of Clinical Psychology by attending continuing education classes