The role of a Clinical Psychologist is often misunderstood and seen as only conducting psychotherapy for those with mental health issues. However, that is not all. It's also to increase awareness, understanding, and equip the attendees with the right mindset and knowledge about the role of a Clinical Psychologist. The Master of Clinical Psychology programme had successfully organized a Psychology Dialogue Series webinar titled "The Scientist-Practitioner Model of Clinical Psychologists".
The webinar was led by Taylor’s University’s Clinical Psychologists and Lecturers, Ms. Faeza Hasnan and Dr. Michele Anne, emceed and moderated by the university’s very own Master of Clinical Psychology students, Ms. Cheng Zhi Whi and Ms. Nabilah Hamzah respectively. The webinar kick-started with an ice-breaking session in which both speakers shared personal tidbits including education and work experiences. This was followed by Dr. Michele's enlightening session on the concept of The Scientist-Practitioner Model of Clinical Psychologists.
During the session, Dr. Michele highlighted the complementary interrelation between research and clinical practice, whereby one informs or influences the other in a continuous cycle. For example, the kind of insights, patterns or questions gained from clinical practice help a Clinical Psychologist to identify possible research questions or research gaps which then serves as a direction for them to find the answers through research. Similarly, findings from this research area will shape the way a Clinical Psychologist works with their clients in terms of diagnosing and providing intervention that is suitable and following evidence-based practice.
The webinar further moved along with more knowledge sharing sessions, including one on the pathway and the necessary qualities to become a Clinical Psychologist.
As the work of a Clinical Psychologist encompasses not one but many roles, the speakers also shared about how they strike a balance between professional and personal lives. Learning to set boundaries, prioritizing and managing expectations are some of the important elements in having a balanced life. Furthermore, being mindful and listening to your own body and practicing self-care is equally important to avoid burnout.