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Become A Psychological Assistant

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Working As A Psychological Assistant

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $44,741

    Average Salary

What Does A Psychological Assistant Do

A Psychological Assistant helps the psychologist evaluate and treat patients. They may be employed by licensed psychologists, mental health centers, or government agencies.

How To Become A Psychological Assistant

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Psychological Assistant Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    69.3%
  • Male

    28.7%
  • Unknown

    2.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.5%
  • Asian

    9.6%
  • Unknown

    2.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    56.8%
  • Chinese

    9.1%
  • German

    6.8%
  • Mandarin

    4.5%
  • Tagalog

    4.5%
  • Portuguese

    2.3%
  • Welsh

    2.3%
  • Cantonese

    2.3%
  • French

    2.3%
  • Hindi

    2.3%
  • Urdu

    2.3%
  • Thai

    2.3%
  • Russian

    2.3%
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Real Psychological Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Psychological Assistant Us-Japan Psychological Services San Diego, CA Aug 22, 2016 $61,274
Psychological Assistant Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, Stat Sparks, NV Sep 16, 2013 $59,195
Psychological Assistant Crossroads Institute for Psychotherapy and Assessment, Inc. Torrance, CA Sep 28, 2016 $56,975
Registered Psychological Assistant Florentius Chan Monterey Park, CA Aug 31, 2014 $52,175
Psychological Assistant Us-Japan Psychological Services San Diego, CA Aug 21, 2013 $50,714
Psychological Assistant Social Psychological Services, Inc. Columbus, OH Apr 20, 2014 $34,185

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Top Skills for A Psychological Assistant

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Top Psychological Assistant Skills

  1. Individual Therapy
  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  3. Treatment Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide return individual therapy sessions.
  • Provided individual psychotherapy to children and adults utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, pain management, relaxation techniques and biofeedback techniques.
  • Develop treatment plans for each client clearly identifying goals, objectives, service needs and methods of intervention.
  • Assisted in a group therapy class training inmates about their disorders and the medicines they were being administered.
  • Perform casework of an advanced nature in situations of mental health services for rural Native American.

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