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  1. Assistant psychologist

    Assistant psychologists undertake a variety of roles in supporting people with mental health problems.

    Applicants for these posts usually need a degree in psychology, recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
    Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales. Assistant psychologists in the NHS will usually be at band 4 and work standard hours of 37.5 per week. Terms and conditions can vary for employers outside of the NHS.
    You'll need a skills, including a knowledge of psychological theory, an interest in how people think and behave and the ability to relate to a wide range of people including patients and colleagues.You'll need to be patient and sympathetic.
    Working as an assistant psychologist can lead to training as a fully qualified clinical, counselling, forensic or health psychologist, because you'll have gained practical, hands-on experience while working under the direct supervision of an experienced professional. You may also be able to train as a psychological wellbeing practitioner.
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