is a Psychologist?
Psychologists are extensively
trained in assessment and treatment. They use their specialized knowledge of
human behaviour, emotion, personality, and mental processes to make diagnoses.
They use their therapeutic skills to help people make healthy changes in their
coping styles and emotional and behavioural patterns.
Psychologists are health professionals, regulated by
provincial statute, and governed by the College
of Psychologists of Ontario. About nine years of university
study are needed to become a psychologist. This is followed by at least one
year of supervised practice before taking further oral and written exams to
become registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Completion of the doctoral
degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology is required for registration with the
College, which then permits one to use the title Psychologist and
practice independently. Psychological practitioners with a Master's level
university education, and appropriate training and experience, may also be
registered by the College
of Psychologists and
practice independently as Psychological Associates.
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