Skills and abilities: Excellent communication and patience, with the ability to inspire trust and confidence, putting people at ease. Use good investigative skills, and make well-judged decisions.
What you’ll be doing: Different areas of expertise regarding child behaviour are developmental psychology, adolescent psychology, and abnormal child psychology. You may deal commonly with trauma victims. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Assessing a patient’s condition from hearing their thoughts
- Consulting with the patient’s GP, social worker, relatives, or others for information
- Conducting blood tests to rule out other health conditions
- Carrying out psychiatric tests, prescribing medication
- Referring to counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Career progression: Child psychology careers require appropriate qualifications to begin. You could lead a team or manage departments, or with sufficient experience become a medical director. You may choose to work part time, run a child counselling private practice, or work as a consultant. Further options include teaching, or research.
BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS)
The BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS) is an undergraduate programme that explores the science behind how the mind works, and the reasons why people behave the way they do.