Clinical Psychologist Job Description: Top Duties and Requirements

A Clinical Psychologist, or Psychotherapist, meets with clients to identify and treat serious mental, behavioural, and emotional issues. They provide comprehensive, long-term mental health care for people and their families. Their duties include interviewing and assessing patients, consulting with mental health services staff, and planning therapeutic interventions based on patients’ needs.

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Clinical Psychologist duties and responsibilities

Clinical Psychologists provide comprehensive, long-term mental health care for patients experiencing serious mental issues. This can include initial interviews and diagnosis, through to ongoing treatment and monitoring progress. Typical duties and responsibilities of a Clinical Psychologist include:

  • Provide comprehensive diagnostic assessments, including psychometric testing
  • Interpret test results and diagnose a variety of present (or potential) mental, behavioural, and emotional disorders
  • Plan therapeutic intervention programs and work with patients to plan a program of treatment
  • Provide continued support to clients, monitor progress, and adjust care plans accordingly
  • Consult with and advise mental health and addiction services and agencies
  • Provide therapeutic and supportive guidance during or following crises
  • Develop and implement psychology programs within the wider community
  • Support and coach post-graduate psychology students in educational settings
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Example 1

*Company description* HealthSimple is innovative new mental health platform specializing in affordable group therapy. Our platform provides weekly & bi-weekly group therapy for low-income Ontarians, and we are aiming to create the most affordable mental health subscription in Ontario for less than $50 a month. We are looking to recruit psychologists in all specialties, and we provide group therapy training in-house (at no cost) from our expert mental health professionals with decades of experience. *Job description* For a typical group, a psychologist will guide participants through activities, exercises, and lessons, and participation from patients is not required. We have our own lessons & activities that can be provided if the psychologist is unfamiliar with working in a group setting. In addition, a psychological assistant is provided in all sessions to assist with note-taking and administrative support. Our main areas of therapy are CBT, DBT, and talk therapy. We compensate our psychologists on a per therapy hour basis, and we offer highly competitive rates of compensation. We also have opportunities for our psychologists to earn stock & equity bonuses in our venture. We are looking to hire psychologists that are licensed to practice in the province of Ontario. We welcome candidates that are both new and experienced, and no prior group therapy knowledge is required. Please note that we are not interested in hiring registered at this time. Contract length: 6 months Job Types: Part-time, Contract Salary: $100.00-$150.00 per hour Education: * Master's Degree (preferred) * C. Psych (required) Work remotely: * Yes

Example 2

Job Description: Job Summary: Reporting to the program area Clinical Lead Psychologist, the Staff Psychologist is responsible for psychological assessments, evidence-based treatment delivery (CBT and DBT), consultation and training as part of a multidisciplinary clinical team. Duties & Responsibilities: Psychological Assessment: Evaluate intellectual, social, emotional, behavior, academic, personality, and daily living functioning for the purpose of diagnostic and treatment planning. This includes ongoing learning to maintain professional standards and current knowledge (for example: research, diagnostic tools, etc.). Key responsibilities include: Administration of psychological tests and questionnaires, clinical interviewing, data analysis and interpretation, report writing, feedback and communicating diagnoses. Consultation: Provide consultation for complex cases, treatment planning & service delivery, ethical issues, etc. in internal and/or external clinical and multidisciplinary meetings. This also includes decisions around suitability for services and tailoring treatment plans to meet client’s unique needs and troubleshooting clinical issues that arise. Complete a file review in prep for consultation and subsequent documentation. Treatment: Deliver evidence-based treatment for complex clients (individual, group and/or family), formulation and goal setting, documentation, progress monitoring, and discharge planning. This also includes professional development, workshops, independent reading, attending specific treatment team meetings [website] DBT team meetings), and peer consultation. Provide in-service presentations to support capacity building on a variety of topics. Provide external presentations as requested by community partners. For some, provide regular clinical supervision and training to PhD level psychology graduate students doing practicum placements at Kinark. Administration: Attending agency internal communication, scheduling client and community appointments, manage psychological files and manage documentation. Qualifications: A [website] in Clinical Psychology with child and adolescent competency is required. Be registered and a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Candidates in the process of registration with the College who anticipate becoming supervised practice members within 2 months of their employment date with Kinark will be considered. Strong clinical assessment and treatment skills in child and adolescent mental health. Demonstrated clinical experience, proven communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively as a team member. Knowledge concerning program evaluation, cultural diversity and proficiency in other languages will be considered assets for this position. Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Screening) and Pre-Employment Medical. Candidates Bilingual in English and French will be given special consideration.

Example 3

*Position Summary: * The Psychologist will work collaboratively with the interprofessional team members and community partners to provide psychological services to individuals with severe mental illness and to their families/significant others, in order to reduce the impact of their illness and to enhance quality of life. The Psychologist will utilize research methods and program evaluation to study the factors involved in the etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of psychiatric disorders and disturbances and will carry out this work in accordance with Providence Care policies, Mission, Vision and Values, and the regulations of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. *Education & Experience: * · [website] in Clinical Psychology from a Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and/or the American Psychological Association (CPA) accredited university program · CPA and/ or APA accredited residency/internship, preferred · Registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in Clinical and Forensic areas of practice, preferred · Eligibility autonomous practice in Clinical and Forensic areas with the College of Psychologists of Ontario; or eligibility for supervised practice in above areas · Minimum two years of experience in providing psychological services to adults with serious mental illness, preferred · Experience working with clients with dual diagnosis, preferred *Key Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: * · Demonstrated skill in specialized forensic assessment and intervention approaches · Knowledge of the Criminal Code and Review Board processes · Knowledge of policies, procedures and direct and indirect methods of ensuring security in a forensic setting · Knowledge of relevant literature, methods and evaluation tools pertaining to Forensic Mental Health · Knowledge of relevant legislation, including the Regulated Health Professions Act, the Mental Health Act, the Public Hospitals Act, WHMIS, legal aspects of care including substitute decision making, Occupational Health & Safety Act, and the Personal Health Information Protection Act · Demonstrated skill in general evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, and treatment approaches for mental disorders and disorders of cognitive impairment · Knowledge of current psychological principles and practices · Knowledge of major mental illness and behavioural disorders from a perspective · Demonstrated skill in behavioural assessment and interventions · Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of professional standards and ethics · Demonstrated ability to develop and evaluate behavioural programming through the interpretation of data related to client incidents · Excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills · Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a team, taking initiative and demonstrating autonomy as appropriate · Knowledge of research methodology · Demonstrated commitment to the Mission, Vision, Values, Ethics and strategic directions of Providence Care · Demonstrated ability to create an inclusive and welcoming environment that values each individual; respects their values, preferences and unique abilities; and mitigates against the experience of stigma · Demonstrated commitment to ongoing process improvement and delivering outstanding quality and results · Demonstrated positive approach and resilience toward innovation and change, and ability to quickly adapt to evolving workplace standards of practice · Demonstrated understanding and alignment to, expectations and deliverables of the organizational, department and team goals; effective stewardship of resources · Demonstrated interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy with diverse groups of stakeholders · Demonstrated ability to effectively work independently with proven reliability and trustworthiness · Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work effectively, manage a full work-load and meet deadlines in a busy environment with frequent interruptions · Demonstrated trouble shooting skills and ability to problem solve issues that may arise in carrying out the duties of this position · Demonstrated commitment to continued learning and professional growth · Demonstrated effectiveness as a team member through collaboration, respect and effective communication · Demonstrated understanding and commitment to health and safety policies, procedures and applicable legislation, promoting a physically and psychologically safe environment for everyone · Demonstrated good physical condition to meet the physical demands of the position and attend work on a regular basis · Bilingual in French and English language, preferred Reference ID: 20-554 Job Type: Full-time Salary: $55.08-$70.19 per hour Benefits: * Company pension * Dental care * Disability insurance * Employee assistance program * Extended health care * Life insurance * On-site gym * On-site parking * RRSP match * Vision care Work remotely: * No

Example 4

*The Toronto Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy Centre* offers innovative Brain-based treatments, psychotherapy and assessments for adults, adolescents, couples, children and families. Our [phone number]sq ft and 24 room office is located next to the subway at Bloor and Islington. We are currently seeking a part-time or full-time Psychologist or Psychological Associate (autonomous or supervised practice) or Clinical Supervisor to provide Psychotherapy, psychoeducational and/or psychological assessments and supervision. The position is quite flexible and we can work with you to create a dream job! _*Preference will be given to any applicants who can offer psychoeducational assessments.*_ There are many opportunities to grow into supervisory and leadership positions if desired. By joining our team you will be provided with: * Competitive compensation * Benefits * Option to be trained in Neurofeedback and QEEG brain-mapping * Referrals from a Waiting List * Full Office Services and an Administrative Team * Beautiful Modern Office with large windows- take a tour of our office: * Conveniently located on the subway line at Bloor and Islington The ideal candidate has a PhD or Masters in Counselling or Clinical Psychology and is Registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. To learn more about our services, check out our website: *[website] Part-time hours: 24 - 40 per week Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent Benefits: * Flexible schedule Schedule: * 8 hour shift Education: * Master's Degree (preferred) Experience: * Psychology: 2 years (preferred) * CPO License (preferred)

Example 5

*Developmental Services of Leeds and Grenville* *Invites applications for the position of: * *Position: *Clinical Psychologist *Status: *Permanent Full Time *Hours of work: *36.25 hrs/weekly *[phone number]Salary: *To be negotiated *Location: *Brockville, ON *Pension/Benefits: *Generous agency pension and benefit package. DSLG is located in Brockville, Ontario along the St. Lawrence River, set in amongst the beautiful Thousand Islands region, and within easy access to Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto and the USA. The area offers an abundance of amenities, recreational opportunities and excellent health care facilities. *Position Summary: * The position of the Clinical Psychologist is responsible for working as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team using methods and findings of psychology and psychological theories to increase the well-being of adults and children with development disabilities and dual diagnoses. The Clinical Psychologist administers, evaluates and interprets psychological testing as well as coordinates the behaviour management plans in conjunction with Specialized Services. *Qualifications AND Requirements: * * PhD in psychology from an accredited college or university * 2-4 years of experience in psychological test administration * 2-4 years of experience in the community services sector working with people with developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis * Valid psychologist license * ·Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle *Duties AND Responsibilites: * *1. **Provide support to individuals: * * Assessing needs, abilities and behaviours utilizing psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour methods. * Overseeing the clinical administering, assessing and interpreting of psychological testing. * Writing psychological testing reports as part of the Individual Service Plans (ISP) when required. * Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with the Behavioural Therapist and other staff members. * Overseeing the implementation and supervision of behaviour plans. * Directing and monitoring behaviour plans. * Collecting and analyzing behavioural data and communicating results to the team. * Consulting with Specialized Services and taking part in reviews. * Providing clinical to community partners. * Performing other duties as required. *2. **Related to policies and procedures: * * Operate in accordance with applicable Legislative, Ministry and professional association requirements. * Knowledgeable about and guidance of others in order to fully comply with Quality Assurance Measures (QAM) guidelines as directed by MCCSS. * Knowledgeable about, and ensures others are knowledgeable about in order to fully comply with the agency’s policies and procedures. *3. **Health and safety: * * Adhere to Health and Safety Program requirements as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act. * Ensure an awareness of safety measures for the agency, yourself and the individuals receiving service. * Ensure compliance with the agency’s mandatory training requirements. * Operate, at all times, in a safe and secure manner. *The foregoing Job Description reflects the general duties necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified, and shall not be construed to be all of the work requirements that may be inherent in this Reference ID: [phone number]001 Application deadline: [phone number]12-16 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Benefits: * Company events * Company pension * Dental care * Disability insurance * Employee assistance program * Extended health care * On-site parking * Paid time off * Vision care * Wellness program Schedule: * Monday to Friday Education: * Doctoral Degree (required) Work remotely: * No

Example 6

*Department/Program: *Brief Intensive Outreach Services (BIOS), Mental Health & Addictions Program *Type of Employment: *Temporary Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) until 04/01/[phone number]x 1 position(s) *Req ID: *[phone number]*Union Status: * NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit *Compensation: * $47.[phone number]*- *$60.[phone number]hour *Posting Date: *May 18, [phone number]*Closing Date: *Open Until Filled *Start Date: * October 01, [phone number]IWK Health is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region. The IWK is committed to a workplace where our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers reflect the patients, families and communities that we serve. We seek and encourage applicants who reflect our broad diversity, and we are committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth. *Position Summary* Reporting to the clinical manager, Community Mental Health and Addictions, the Psychologist practices as a member of a new team that will provide services to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The Brief Intensive Outreach Service (BIOS) will provide assessments, treatment planning and community based interventions to children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing acute extreme aggressive behaviour toward self and others that is impacting the child’s functioning in home, school and or community environments. The psychologist will work in collaboration with the family, local clinical team and community partners to provide specialized intensive services, consultation and capacity building support in naturalistic settings to achieve greater generalization of skills and sustain stabilization in the community. *Hours of Work* 7.5 hour shifts, Monday to Friday, [phone number][phone number], with some evenings. Flexibility is required *Qualifications* * Doctoral degree (Ph.D./PsyD) in Clinical Psychology. * Registered, or eligible to be registered, with the NS Board of Examiners in Psychology. * Minimum three (3) years clinical experience working at the doctoral level with children and adolescents with mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular autism spectrum disorders required. * Demonstrated experience and competency in ASD treatment for parents, children and adolescents required. * Demonstrated expertise with the principles of behavioral management and expertise devising intervention plans that incorporate PRT, PBS, and other supports (PECS) based on the needs of individual children with autism required. * Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to family centred care and evidence informed practice required. * Demonstrated experience and competency in collaborative practices required. * Demonstrated experience in clinical supervision * Demonstrated leadership skills to work effectively both independently and as part of an team required. * Demonstrated excellent communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills required. * Knowledge and experience with continuous quality improvement methodology * Knowledge of IWK Mental Health and Addictions Services, Children’s Health Autism Services and community resources * Current Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) certification. * Physical ability to perform the duties of the position. * Good attendance and work record. * Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred. Thank you for your interest with the IWK Health. Please sign in to create a profile and set-up Job Alerts for positions of interest. *_Please Note: _**_ I_**_f you are an employee of the IWK Health Centre, please apply through the _**_internal careers page_**_ to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant. are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date._* Job Type: Full-time

Example 7

*About us* At KMA Therapy, we are a team of psychologists, , and counselors who represent some of Toronto's leading experts in the relationship, mental health, and psychology field. We are dedicated to providing high-quality therapeutic services that help you to grow and flourish while reaching your therapeutic goals. We go above and beyond to ensure a confidential and safe environment for our clients. We look forward to meeting you! Head over to [website] to learn more! *KMA Therapy is adding another Supervisor to our team!* Are you looking for an opportunity to inspire and foster the careers of young and social workers? Have you been looking for a way to make a HUGE impact in the mental health field? This opportunity might be for you! We are seeking an experienced Psychologist or Psychological Associate with five years of experience in the field of adult clinical or counseling psychology. This role will involve supervising a small team of 3-5 workers assigned to you to ensure clients are receiving the absolute best care possible. We really value the role psychologists play on our team, so it’s important that we outline what you can expect: *The Successful Candidate will be: * * Registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario * A team player, able and willing to assist others from other disciplines and integrate into the friendly team environment * Confident in Supervision * Warm, compassionate, and outgoing *The Successful Candidate will get to: * * Join an upstanding team providing the highest quality of mental health care * Inspire and foster the careers of social workers and therapists on the KMA team * Train and evaluate the efforts of your assigned team members * Assist in ensuring all clients receive the best possible treatment * Explore their leadership potential by receiving opportunities to grow and supervise with tenure * Enjoy a flexible schedule based on your availability and any other jobs/placements you hold Job Types: Part-time, Contract Salary: $200.00 per hour Additional pay: * Bonus pay Benefits: * Flexible schedule Schedule: * Monday to Friday * Weekend availability Application question(s): * Are you registered with an Ontario College? Education: * Master's Degree (preferred) Work remotely: * No

What does a Clinical Psychologist do?

Clinical Psychologists diagnose and a broad range of significant mental health problems. Through observations, interviews, and tests, they can identify mental health problems and work with patients to formulate a program of treatment. Clinical Psychologists provide long-term support to patients and monitor progress frequently, adjusting care plans as needed. They may work with individuals, groups, or families. Clinical Psychologists work in a variety of settings, such as schools, hospitals, counselling centres, community organizations, and health care practices. They can also specialize in a particular area of clinical psychology, such as prison psychology, children’s mental health, or substance abuse treatment.

Clinical Psychologist skills and qualifications

To excel in the role, Clinical Psychologists must have strong interpersonal skills, a deep understanding of the psychology discipline, and confidence using proven intervention techniques and therapies. Top skills for Clinical Psychologists include:

  • Effective teamwork and interprofessional skills 
  • Excellent communication skills, including active listening and emotional intelligence
  • Proven assessment and diagnostic skills
  • Strong sense of morality and understanding of the importance of professional standards and code of ethics
  • Advanced knowledge of theoretical approaches and therapy in mental health
  • Trustworthy and conscious of confidentiality
  • Reliability and the willingness to be present and help clients

Clinical Psychologist experience requirements

Candidates are expected to have two to three years of experience within clinical mental health before undertaking a Clinical Psychologist role. Many Clinical Psychologists gain experience in Assistant Psychologist positions. Experience as a Psychologist may also be useful. Many Clinical Psychologists also log practical experience under the supervision of experienced Psychologists during education. 

Clinical Psychologist education and training requirements

Clinical Psychologists need at least a master’s degree in psychology. Some positions also require a doctorate in clinical psychology. Most training for Clinical Psychologists is completed during degree programs, though some on-the-job training may be provided. Once the prerequisite qualifications have been obtained, Clinical Psychologists must register and obtain a licence to practice from their provincial or territorial regulatory body. Ongoing education is often a requirement to maintain licensure. 

Clinical Psychologist salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary of a Clinical Psychologist in Canada is $140,565 per year. This can vary depending on location, experience, and the hiring company.

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What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist?

A typical distinction between the two roles is that, generally speaking, Psychologists mainly work with people privately to help them cope with everyday challenges, whereas Clinical Psychologists focus on people with more serious mental health problems or disorders in clinics and health care settings. There is a lot of overlap between the two roles and they can both work in similar environments, however.

What qualities make a good Clinical Psychologist?

Good Clinical Psychologists should have a passion for the field of psychology and be curious to continue learning and developing their expertise throughout their careers. Those that excel in this role continue undertaking formal education or research studies to further grow their understanding of the field. Having analytical assessment skills and being a confident communicator is essential to success as a Clinical Psychologist. 

What are the different types of Clinical Psychologists?

Clinical Psychologists can specialize in a range of specific areas of mental health. By doing so, they can provide their patients with a specialized, expert-level of care thanks to their in-depth knowledge of a particular mental health problem. Some examples of areas a Clinical Psychologist might specialize in include substance abuse treatment, child mental health, adolescent mental health, psychosis and complex mental health, and forensic clinical psychology.

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