All About Child Psychologists

What is a Child Psychologist (or CP)?

It’s a type of psychologist who deals with the mental, social and emotional development of children. Normally the child psychologists observe the development from the prenatal period through puberty. A few major topics include language development, genetics, personality, gender roles, cognitive development, sexual development and social growth.

They may work with different ages of children or it could be a specific age group. The number of patients would not matter as the psychologist would highly focus on helping to understand, diagnose and treat development, prevent, cognitive, social and emotional issues and supervise other teams.

Now there are some related options to this career:

-Abnormal psychologist a

-Adolescent psychologist

-Developmental psychologist

-School psychologist

-Educational psychologist

Educational requirements:

There are some opportunities with a master’s degree, but there are more options at the doctoral-level. There are several programs which offer child psychology degree, but it’s better to earn a Ph.D. or Psy.D. After completing the degree a supervised clinical internship is required that usually lasts for 3 years. Depending on the country you are in you would then normally be required to be accredited by a health counsel like the HPC.

What does a Child Psychologist do?

It depends upon where he or she works. Some of them counsel young patients in therapeutic situations, while some of them work in research so they can explore different aspects of child psychology.

The job duties depend on the specialization, a few of the tasks may include:

-Treating and diagnosing learning or developmental disabilities

-Manage behavioral issues

-Administering psychological issues

-Conducting scientific research

-Working with a health care team to create a treatment plan for a client

Educational requirements:

There are some opportunities with a master’s degree, but there are more options at the doctoral-level. There are several programs which offer child related psychology degrees, but it’s better to earn a Ph.D. or Psy.D. After completing the degree a supervised clinical internship is required that usually lasts for 2-3 years, and then pass state and national evaluation to become licensed.

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