Clinical psychologist

On 28th January our school welcomed Dr Pieter W Nel, from the University of Hertfordshire, who talked about his role as a Clinical Psychologist. A clinical psychologist works to diagnose, assess and manage a psychological, mental or physical health issue such as depression, mental illness, adjustment to physical illness, neurological disorders, addictive and challenging behaviours, eating disorders and personal and family relationship problems. Although Clinical Psychologists can work within the NHS, Dr Nel said the majority work as part of community mental health teams (better known as CAMHs) in prisons, schools and universities with children as well as adults of all ages.

Dr Nel also talked about how self-reflection which is constantly learning about things that make us behave in the way we do. Clinical Psychologists are trained in three main parts: academic (teaching), clinical practice and research. In order to be selected as a trainee, you should have a degree in psychology as well as relevant psychological experience. The competition for places is high: Dr Nel said the University of Hertfordshire alone gets 500-600 applicants for only 15 NHS funded places.

Towards the end of the session we watched a video about a day in the life of a clinical psychologist from which we learnt that it’s important to be polite and calm when talking to clients. This talk was extremely helpful in providing an insight into the job of a clinical psychologist and greatly benefited all those who attended. If you have any enquiries or would like more information please contact the Student Career Leader Team or Mr Roach.

Shumaisa 10WPf, Student Career Leader