Child Psychologist Job Description

Child at speech therapy session

Child Psychologist Job Description

Among the many psychology fields, studying and assessing the psychology of a child has attracted many youngsters to pursue it as their career.
Children
Childhood is the most crucial stage of life, because children are likely to get easily influenced by the environment in which they live.
Children are often under the pressure of performing their best in their academics. Sometimes, this pressure can have harmful effects on the minds of children such as, they may isolate themselves or even try to commit suicide to escape from the grueling competitions of life. Some may even develop a certain fear and begin lying.
Therefore, utmost care must be taken, to bring up an ideal child. In the competition of providing best for the family, parents spend their entire time working and unknowingly ignore their own children. This takes a toll on the minds of these little ones and are likely to develop a negative approach towards life.
Family in counseling session with therapist
At such times, a psychologist can give right guidance to the child and also help him/her cope up with the daily stress.
Career and Role
Psychologist observing child
A psychologist plays a pivotal role in a child’s life. He holds the responsibility of shaping the mind and behavior of the child. Therefore, this task must be performed very diligently and with great interest.
family consultation with psychologist
A patient and well experienced psychologist can develop a bond of comfort and trust with the child. Such a bond, can always bring positive results and greatly improve the personality of the child.
Child psychologist with a little girl
A psychologist has many responsibilities. Though they work closely with children, they also have to monitor the environment in which the child lives. It could include parent-child relationship, friend circle and even the basic school environment.
All these factors must be well understood to develop certain strategic methods to shape a child’s attitude. Hence, a key to become a successful psychologist is to have thorough knowledge and experience in the field.
parents with psychologist
A psychologist mainly focuses on moral, intellectual and social development of a child. Working with children as well as with the parents, requires thorough knowledge in the field.
An individual who chooses the path of child psychology must obtain significant degrees in the field. Students can obtain a degree of Bachelor of Arts in psychology (B.A) or Bachelor in Science (B.S). These are basic degrees to start with and takes up to 5 years to complete.
These degrees are followed by a master’s degree, which can be pursued with a PhD. A master’s degree might take up to 2 years to complete, but master’s as well as a PhD course can take up to 8 years to complete. These courses, trains the individuals thoroughly and specialize them in child psychology.
Working Style
Though a psychologist can specialize in different fields, the working style is similar. Given here is the job profile –
► Creating innovative behavior management programs.
► Keenly observing the environment and making customized program for the child.
► Reviewing the policies of the program designed for the child.
Child psychologist with a little boy
► Assessing child’s behavior and emotional needs through observation and building a plan to help the child.
Therapist writing notes
► Maintaining reports and making reports for future references.
Therapist takes notes in counseling session
► Working closely with the teachers, parents and children to provide counseling on teaching methods and bringing up.