Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance the promotion of psychological well-being.
Clinical psychologists deal with a wide range of mental and physical health problems including addiction, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties and relationship issues. They may undertake a clinical assessment to investigate a clients’ situation. There are a variety of methods available including psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour. Assessment may lead to advice, counselling or therapy
Many students who are interested in clinical psychology undertake relevant mental health related voluntary work while they are at university. After graduating students could apply for roles such as:
- Assistant Psychologist
- Psychological Well-being Practitioner
- Mental Health Support Worker
- Research Assistant
Many graduates also choose to undertake a relevant masters qualification. On average applicants have two to three years relevant experience when they apply for a clinical psychology doctorate. Find out more in The Alternative Handbook 2020: Postgraduate Training Courses in Clinical Psychology.
Following qualification, clinical psychologists can choose to specialise in specific areas, for example neuropsychology, child psychology and rehabilitation psychology.
The British Psychological Society
Amy Aston, UoN alumna
Amy talks about her role as a clinical psychologist and her career pathway as well as offering advice to students considering clinical psychology.
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Beth Pritty, trainee
Beth talks about her studies at the University of Nottingham, her career pathway to date as well as offering advice to students considering clinical psychology.
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