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Psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological theories that relate to understanding, managing and changing the behaviour of individuals. A psychologist’s training also involves administering and interpreting psychological tests. In order to practice as a psychologist in Queensland, by law you need to be registered with the QLD Psychologist’s Registration Board.
Psychiatrists are first trained as medical doctors and then become specialists of psychiatric medicine. They are able to prescribe medication for mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and clinical depression. Psychiatrists often deal with admissions & discharges from hospital. Some psychiatrists exclusively prescribe medication and some choose to work exclusively as therapists.
1. If you are threatening serious bodily harm to yourself or others, I may be required to take protective actions, which may include notifying the potential victim, notifying the police, or seeking appropriate hospitalisation.
2. If there is good reason to suspect abuse toward children, I am required by law to file a report with the appropriate agency.
3. In response to a court order or subpoena.