Psychologist careers - insight into the job

Rachael

Rachael O’Donnell is a psychologist at Liverpool’s Community Service Centre, situated in the South – West of Sydney.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Child and Adolescence) from the University of Western Sydney

What do you do?

I am an intern Psychologist so I get daily exposure to a wide range of clientele. My role mostly involves psychological assessment of children and young people, in the context of their families and consultation with staff, foster carers and other community partners.

Why do you do it?

I have always been interested in working with families and children and Community Services offers a diverse range of issues with which to work, such as assessment, testing, and therapeutic intervention.

I use my skills to understand the needs of children and inform caseworkers, magistrates other key players.

I have a supervisor that I can consult at any time, which has assisted me in developing confidence and skills in report writing and decision making.

Nicole

Nicole Robinson is a psychologist at Fairfield ’s Community Service Centre, situated in South-West of Sydney.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work), Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Child and Adolescence), Master of Psychology (Clinical) (in progress) from the University of Western Sydney

What do you do?

I was previously a caseworker in Community Services for three years and now am an intern psychologist. I am currently studying a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Western Sydney.

My role primarily entails the assessment of children and young people, consultation with staff, foster carers and community partners, training and intervention. I offer professional advice and clinical opinions to assist staff and management in case planning and ongoing casework.

The two main areas of my work are child protection and out-of-home care.

Why do you do it?

I have always maintained a keen interest in working with children, young people and their families. As a Community Services psychologist, I have found the constant challenge and exposure to complex cases immensely satisfying.

Utilising my clinical skills including observations, interviews, testing and case formulation, I am better able to understand the developmental needs of the children and young people that I work with.

Additionally, Community Services provide me with individual and peer supervision, regular training and study leave which supports my ongoing professional, clinical and career development.

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