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.

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