Clinical psychologists assess and diagnose mental disorders and then treat the problem in a clinical setting. Clinical psychology has subfields in areas like child psychology, substance abuse or health psychology. Unlike a psychiatrist, psychologists are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medications, but rather provide counselling and behavioural treatments to patients. Volunteers who want to work with clinical psychologists should have education and experience working in the psychological field and must be willing to work with patients in whatever way the psychologist needs them to work.
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Obtain a degree in psychology or social work. Volunteering with clinical psychologists usually requires having at least a four-year degree. Some psychologists will require a master's degree, but the degree necessary will depend on the type of volunteer work and the psychologist.
Talk to local psychologists about volunteer positions available. There are a variety of volunteer options for working with psychologists. Positions will vary depending on the needs of the psychologist and the purpose of the volunteer work. Some psychologists, for example, will only work with postgraduate students who need work experience under supervision, while others will accept social workers or volunteers who have recently graduated from college. Some positions are for volunteers to work as research assistants.
Apply to volunteer positions on line. There are volunteer jobs on line for working with clinical psychologists. Most of these positions are for postgraduate students who need supervised experience working in psychology. There are not many positions available on line for less-educated individuals. You may also want to explore options through any university connections you have.
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