Location : Gwarinpa, Abuja
Reports to : Head of Psychological Services
A Clinical Psychologist identifies and diagnoses psychological, emotional and behavioural issues in client, develops and implements treatment plans.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Counsel individuals and groups regarding problems such as stress, substance abuse, and family situations, in order to modify behaviour.
Offer therapy and treatments for difficulties relating to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioural issues, and diagnose disorders, using diagnostic criteria and develop treatment plan accordingly.
Develop and implement individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, Intensity, and duration of therapy.
Modify treatment activities or approaches as needed to comply with changes in clients’ status
Guide clients in the development of their skills or strategies for dealing with their problems
Have an understanding of bio-psychosocial assessment, psychological case formulation and develop an individualized treatment plan for every patient in therapy.
Facilitate Diverse Group therapeutic sessions and ensure proper engagement.
Select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests in order to obtain information on individuals' intelligence, achievements, interests, and personalities.
Be conversant with different treatment methods like cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectic behavioural therapy, talk therapy person-centred therapy etc.
Collect information about clients through initial assessment and other related sources that can help to make treatment effective.
Be conversant with the electronic medical record system for proper documentation of progress notes and treatment plan.
Evaluate clients’ physical or mental condition based on review of client information
Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments or develop treatment plans
Refer patients, clients or family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary
Act as client advocates to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations
Counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with or supporting clients or patients
Evaluate the effectiveness of counselling programs on clients’ progress in resolving identified problems and moving towards defined objectives
Discuss with individual patients their plans for life after leaving therapy
Meet with families, probation officers, police or other interested parties to exchange necessary information during the treatment process
Plan, organise or lead structured programs of counselling, work, study, recreation or social activities for clients
Plan or conduct programs to prevent substance abuse or improve community health or counselling services
Psycho educate client on the importance of medication compliance.
Learn about new developments in counselling by reading professional literature, attending courses and seminars or establishing and maintain contact with other social services agencies
Gather information about community mental health needs or resources that could be used in conjunction with therapy
Develop an individual treatment plan for children.
Educate family members on what they can do for their child or how to respond to certain behaviours.
Have an understanding of neuro-developmental pathways, how to diagnose, carry out assessments and draw up an appropriate treatment plan to meet specific needs.
Ensure that after discharge client is transferred to a robust aftercare plan for proper follow-up and management.
A minimum of a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology
Must have completed NYSC
Minimum of 3 years’ internship / paid Clinical experience
Excellent relationship management and business development skills
Proactive problem-solving approach
High level of professionalism.
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required :
Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.
Have an understanding of data protection and confidentiality
Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
Ability to effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and / or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by the client.
Interviewing and psychological / developmental evaluation skills.
Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic programs and to make individual modifications.
Ability to assess mental status in clients and to develop individual treatment goals and plans.
Knowledge of psychological test administration, scoring, and interpretation.
Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
Skill in preparing and maintaining patient records.