Clinical Psychology

Definition of Practice Areas

Adapted from the Definitions of Practice Areas written by the College of Psychologists of Ontario

Clinical Psychology

All members of the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists require the following minimum working knowledge base:

  • knowledge in the core areas of psychology (MRA standards);
  • knowledge of learning;
  • knowledge of all relevant ethical, legal and professional issues;
  • knowledge of research design and methodology;
  • knowledge of statistics; and
  • knowledge of psychological measurement.

Clinical Psychology is the application of knowledge about human behaviour to the assessment, diagnosis and/or treatment of individuals with disorders of behaviour, emotions and thought.

In addition to the above minimum knowledge base, members practising Clinical Psychology require the following:

  • knowledge of psychopathology/abnormal psychology;
  • knowledge of personality/individual differences;
  • knowledge of psychological assessment;
  • knowledge of psychodiagnostics;
  • knowledge of intervention procedures and psychotherapy; and
  • knowledge of evaluation of change.

In addition, practitioners who provide services in Clinical Psychology to children and adolescents must have a background in developmental psychology and knowledge of appropriate assessment and therapeutic techniques.

For members practising Clinical Psychology the following minimum skills are required:

  • the ability to perform an appropriate clinical assessment;
  • the ability to formulate and communicate a differential diagnosis; and
  • the ability to plan, execute and evaluate an appropriate treatment program.