Most clinical psychologists do not want prescribing privileges, yet the ones who are interested and highly competent should have the opportunity to sit for a national exam to be a medical psychologist.
Clinical psychologists at the Stroke Rehabilitation Centre at University Hospital Llandough, with the help of volunteers, host peer support group sessions to encourage patients and their relatives to talk to each other about the practical and emotional effects of living with stroke.
Nigel currently works as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Auckland and continues to consult with organisations and agencies thoughout the country, working mainly with children and young people, as well as adult forensic work.
Third director Wyn Roberts, from Colwyn Bay, added: "We will provide more intensive day to day nurse input who will monitor the client's detoxification, but also deliver a range of therapeutic interventions with the option to see a clinical psychologist.
Rather than harbouring the core belief that there is only one true path to enlightenment as a clinical psychologist (the one that we and our classmates followed), perhaps we could learn to tolerate diversity in how qualifications are structured and taught.
A clinical psychologist then provides a description of the characterizations of the identified mental illness per the DSM-IV and an attorney discusses the validity of the request for a reasonable accommodation.