What is the role of a child psychologist?

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What is the role of a child psychologist?
Counselling children after a traumatic event is part of the psychologist's role. (Getty Images)

Child psychologists have several different paths they can focus on, including research, counselling and testing. Although there is not an honours degree in child psychology, candidates can take accredited child and family psychology courses in order to specialise in the psychology of children.

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Child psychologists can perform a variety of jobs in the treatment of children. One of their roles is to counsel children and their families. Child psychologists are trained to counsel children with family issues, behavioural problems and mental illness.

Where do child psychologists work?

Child psychologists can work in schools, hospitals or in court. Some child psychologists choose to focus on academic research and writing.

When to see a child psychologist

If your child is having behavioural problems at home or school, having problems adjusting, or not reaching developmental stages equal to his age, you may want to seek the help of a child psychologist.

Advantages of seeing a child psychologist

Child psychologists specialise in children and their development, so seeking professional advice can help your child overcome problems.

Required education

In order to be a child psychotherapist, you need to finish an honours degree and then study on courses accredited by The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Child psychologists take many courses in child development and behaviour.

How to find a child psychologist

A paediatrician is a good source for referrals. He may have a child psychologist he works with on a regular basis. Schools may also refer children to a psychologist.

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