Treatment specialists

Many different kinds of social workers work within the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and at mental health care clinics for young people. Here is a list of the main treatment specialists:

  • The child and adolescent psychologist has a degree in psychology, and therefore knows how children and adolescents can feel. The child and adolescent psychologist conducts examinations (conversations, tests, questionnaires) and treatments.
  • The child and adolescent psychiatrist has a medical degree and is therefore a doctor. He/she looks at how your body and brain, your thoughts and feelings, your behaviour and your environment each contribute to your problems. The child and adolescent psychiatrist conducts examinations (by talking with you), can prescribe medication and sometimes provides therapy (usually in conversational form).
  • The family therapist has completed a degree, such as psychology. After this, he/she has further studied how to talk with families about their problems and to ensure that everyone cooperates well to solve problems.
  • You will find nurses or sociotherapists primarily in outpatient clinics or inpatient departments. They help you with everyday problems and act as a kind of mentor to you.
  • Psychotherapists are often psychologists, educators or psychiatrists who have studied extensively in order to help others change and achieve their goals.
  • Behavioural therapistsare often psychotherapists or psychologists. They have a degree in behavioural therapy, meaning that they help you to change how you act, think and feel (in whatever order). This can be very useful.
  • Trainees and assistants are individuals who want to become one of the above professionals. They have completed a degree, are following an additional programme and are gaining practical experience while receiving supervision from an experienced professional. Research has shown that the treatment they provide is just as good as that provided by someone who has been the field for a longer period of time: they are more precise, they make sure that what they are doing has been proven in research and make an extra effort to help you.
  • The expressive therapist has completed a special programme in which they have learned to provide therapy while also applying one's own specialty (drama, music, exercise, creative activities) during the therapy. For instance, an expressive therapist can devise tasks which you can practice in order to better deal with your problems.
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