Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists ·  Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.



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Licensing Information ·   Psychologist

Licensing Description:
An applicant should submit an application to the committee for licensure providing official transcripts and any other supporting evidence that education requirements have been met. Contact the licensing agency for additional information.

Licensing Agency:
Division Of Professional Registration
Missouri State Committee of Psychologists
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
scop@pr.mo.gov
http://pr.mo.gov/psychologists.asp

Licensing History:  

RegionNumber of active licenses in 2012
Missouri5,481
The West Central Region153


Occupational Tasks ·  Compile and interpret students' test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions, and to help assess eligibility for special services.
· Report any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
· Assess an individual child's needs, limitations, and potential, using observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and school personnel.
· Select, administer, and score psychological tests.
· Provide consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.
· Promote an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.
· Collaborate with other educational professionals to develop teaching strategies and school programs.
· Counsel children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
· Develop individualized educational plans in collaboration with teachers and other staff members.
· Maintain student records, including special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.
· Serve as a resource to help families and schools deal with crises, such as separation and loss.
· Attend workshops, seminars, or professional meetings to remain informed of new developments in school psychology.
· Design classes and programs to meet the needs of special students.
· Refer students and their families to appropriate community agencies for medical, vocational, or social services.
· Initiate and direct efforts to foster tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in school communities.
· Collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and other services, such as behavioral management systems.
· Provide educational programs on topics such as classroom management, teaching strategies, or parenting skills.
· Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues, and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials.
· Develop and implement individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy.
· Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.
· Discuss the treatment of problems with clients.
· Utilize a variety of treatment methods such as psychotherapy, hypnosis, behavior modification, stress reduction therapy, psychodrama, and play therapy.
· Counsel individuals and groups regarding problems such as stress, substance abuse, and family situations, in order to modify behavior and/or to improve personal, social, and vocational adjustment.
· Write reports on clients, and maintain required paperwork.
· Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or treatments, and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, then modify plans and diagnoses as necessary.
· Obtain and study medical, psychological, social, and family histories, by interviewing individuals, couples, or families, and by reviewing records.
· Consult reference material such as textbooks, manuals, and journals in order to identify symptoms, to make diagnoses, and to develop approaches to treatment.
· Maintain current knowledge of relevant research.
· Observe individuals at play, in group interactions, or in other contexts to detect indications of mental deficiency, abnormal behavior, or maladjustment.
· Select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests in order to obtain information on individuals' intelligence, achievements, interests, and personalities.
· Refer clients to other specialists, institutions, or support services as necessary.
· Provide psychological and/or administrative services and advice to private firms and community agencies regarding mental health programs or individual cases.
· Develop, direct, and participate in training programs for staff and students.
· Provide occupational, educational, and other information to individuals so that they can make educational and vocational plans.
· Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
· Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.
· Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, and needs.
· Consult with other professionals to discuss therapies, treatments, counseling resources, or techniques, and to share occupational information.
· Analyze data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals in order to identify symptoms, and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.
· Advise clients on how they could be helped by counseling.
· Evaluate the results of counseling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments.
· Provide consulting services to schools, social service agencies, and businesses.
· Refer clients to specialists or to other institutions for non-counseling treatment of problems.


Educational Requirements: ·  Doctoral degree


Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Active Listening 100%
·  Active Listening 99%
·  Reading Comprehension 95%
·  Active Listening 95%
·  Social Perceptiveness 93%
·  Writing 92%
·  Social Perceptiveness 91%
·  Reading Comprehension 91%
·  Learning Strategies 90%
·  Speaking 90%