Where do Psychologists Fit?
Abstract
The goal of this workshop is to educate graduate and undergraduate students about
the diverse career opportunities that a degree in psychology can lead to, and share
tips for a successful career. Advice on enriching a CV and preparing for job
applications will be offered. Presenters will outline the different domains where
psychologists are active (academic, research, clinical, education, management,
military, international organizations) and explore job opportunities in each area.
A panel of psychologists from academia, clinical work, applied psychology and
management, as well as various specializations such as education, forensics and
international organizations will join in the discussion. The panel will share their
career path and advice on ensuring a successful and fulfilling career in psychology.
They will also answer questions from the audience. Issues discussed will include:
getting ready for a career in a particular domain; facts and myths about
psychologists in a particular area, as well as resources and networking. The
workshop is meant to be an educational one; nevertheless we will strongly
encourage discussion and questions from the audience.
Outline
 Panel of experts
 Putting together a tool box
 Psychology and International relief
 Choosing a path
 Academic route
 Clinical work
 Consulting and industry
 Social, Corrections, I/O, Clinical (Geriatrics), and
Neuropsychology
Dr. P. Hausdorf  [email protected]
I/O Psychology
PhD Human resources Management/Labour Relations, McMaster U.
Dr. L. Sinclair [email protected]
Academia/Social Psychology
PhD. Social Psychology University of Waterloo
Dr. C. Mackenzie  [email protected]
Research & Academic, Clinical psychology (geriatric population),
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Queen’s University
Dr. D. Cotton  [email protected]
Corrections; Clinical Psychology; Neuropsychology
Ph.D. Psychology, Queen's University
Dr. J. Mills  [email protected]
Correctional services; Consulting and Private Practice
Ph.D. Psychology, Carleton University
Tool Box for Psychologists-to-be
• Collaboration and Networking
– Take advantage of opportunities brought to you by your
peers and supervisors
– Get involved in professional organizations, student
government and interest groups
– Take opportunities to meet and discuss ideas with
individuals who are active in the domains that you are
interested in
Tool Box for Psychologists-to-be
• Be a good departmental citizen
 Accept that you don’t know everything, and that you
have a lot to learn
 Solicit advice from mentors
 Get involved in others research is possible
 Learn to be political at times
 Be flexible with your plans, ideas and interests
International opportunities for
Clinical Psychologists
Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Médecins du Monde
Canadian Red Cross
Canadian International Development Agency
United Nations
Basic Requirements for
employment
 Availability
 Team work
 Flexibility
 Stress management abilities
 Knowledge of two or more languages
 Prior experience in developing countries and trauma relief
Specific requirements for
employment
A Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from a recognized
University
2 years of post qualification experience
Prior experience in PTSD, trauma, or other related
fields
Prior experience in psycho-education, training,
supervising and managing others
Things to Expect
In addition, field workers need to be prepared to
work in environments that are:
• Insecure –Thus limiting individual freedoms in terms of
movement and local interactions;
• Unfamiliar – Therefore requiring open mindedness from field
workers;
• Stressful –Which may affect your motivation to continue to
work;
• Isolated – In that you have to put your personal life on hold
for up to a year;
Get the word out!
 Form an interest group in
International Psychology at your
University;
 Advocate for the role of
psychologists abroad;
 Encourage the accreditation of
international practicum and
internship placements;
 Invite speakers to give a talk on
international topics for your
Department;
 More resources are presented at
the end of the presentation
Key Points from the Panel
 Persistence, persistence, PERSISTANCE!
 You will receive many more rejection letters than
acceptance letters. Don’t let them discourage you, instead
focus on your achievements and let those lead the way!
 Be a good departmental citizen
 Be involved, ask for help and offer help to your colleagues!
 Approach individuals who inspire you, and ask them
questions:
 “Let me buy you a coffee! Let’s talk!” – Dr. Mills
 Do not take on more projects than you can handle
 Time management is priceless: ask your supervisor
“when do you need this by?”, and schedule in specific
reading and times.
Additional Resources
 International and Relief Psychology
 http://www.msf.ca/
 http://www.redcross.ca/
 http://www.medecinsdumonde.ca/
 http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/
 http://www.un.org/
 Careers in psychology
 Davis S.F., Giordano, P.J., & Licht, C.A. (2009) Your Career in
Psychology, Wiley-Balckwell, Oxford.
 Sternberg, R.J. (2007) Career Paths in Psychology: Where your
degree can take you (2nd ed). American Psychological
Association, Washington D.C.
Thank you 
and good luck!
Contact:
rana.pishva @ queensu.ca
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