What is a Child Psychotherapist?


Child Psychotherapist Job Description

Child and adolescent psychotherapists are responsible for providing psychoanalytic treatment for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties. They must carefully observe their patients and respond to what they might be communicating through their behaviour and play.



General Job Duties

• Maintain current knowledge of research and development within the field

• Assess the behavioural and emotional needs of children and adolescents with difficulties in these areas

• Plan service delivery based on the needs assessment of a child or adolescent

• Offer training, consultation and supervision to other professionals who work with children and families in the community, including health visitors, social workers, teachers, midwives and nurses

• Liaise with other professionals, such as teachers, children’s service agents, nurses and others, in planning how best to help a child and the child's family

• Provide short and long-term interventions with children, young people and/or parents

• Work as part of multidisciplinary teams comprising psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, pediatric nurses, special educational needs coordinators, family therapists and community psychiatric nurses



Relevant Scholarships for Becoming a Child Psychotherapist

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Child Psychotherapist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Psychology Scholarships page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Child Psychotherapist. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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