How to write a Psychologist job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Psychologist job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Psychologist job titles

    Psychologist
    Psychologist (5+ Years’ Experience)
    Paediatric Clinical Psychologist
    Psychologist (Part-Time)
    Psychotherapist

Psychologist job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Psychologist job summary

Our clinic is currently in search of an experienced Psychologist who is licensed in the state. We are a residential treatment centre that uses sound principles of psychology and mental health to assist our patients and improve their quality of life. As a contributing member to the primary care team, the Psychologist will work closely with physicians to help manage psychosocial aspects of chronic and acute medical conditions. The ideal candidate for this role will be able to apply solution-focused principles to improve poor health habits and minimise patient risk.

Psychologist responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Psychologist responsibilities

    Provide effective individual, family and group talk therapy
    Determine realistic goals for psychotherapy
    Perform psycho-diagnostic evaluations
    Supervise staff, fellows and interns
    Attend program development for patients treated or evaluated
    Demonstrate an understanding of patient needs when devising and implementing treatment
    Provide team consultation

Psychologist qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Psychologist skills

    Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology or equivalent
    Current registration
    2+ years’ experience in clinical psychology, primary care or behavioural medicine preferred
    In-depth knowledge and experience in individual, group, couples and family psychology
    Demonstrated skill in supervision of clinical staff and trainees
    Proven experience in administering findings of current studies into clinical curriculum
    Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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