What it Takes to Become a Psychologist in Canada

The general description of a Psychologist would be that they study how people think, feel, and behave in a scientific manner. This information can then be applied to helping people in understanding and explaining their behaviours. Psychologists usually work either in research, consulting, teaching, administration, and service provision. A psychologist will usually work in any number of the earlier categories and be working mostly from Universities, Government organizations, non-governmental organizations, hospitals, schools, clinics, correctional facilities, worker assistance programs etc.

What is a Psychologist?

There is plenty of different types of psychologists: According to the Canadian Psychological Association the most common graduate programs in Psychology include Experimental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology / Correctional Psychology, and Developmental or Kid Psychology. Since there’s so plenty of fields to study within Psychology, it is recommended that you research each psychology field individually to find out which one you would be most interested in, and whether you have the right persona suited towards that specific field.

The personal characteristics that a Psychologist usually includes anyone who has a actual interest in helping others, emotional maturity & stability, excellent communication skills, a willingness to keep learning new methods of psychology, & the ability to be flexible in day to day work.

The typical route to become a Psychologist in Canada goes as follows:

Examples of the plenty of sub-fields within psychology can include: clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, developmental psychologist, educational psychologist, forensic psychologist, health psychologist, industrial/organizational psychologist, neuropsychologist, experimental psychologist, school psychologist, social psychologist, and sports psychologist.

The requirements for becoming a Psychologist in Canada depends on which province/territory you are from. In some provinces/territories the requirement to register as a psychologist is a Masters Degree in Psychology, while other provinces/territories require a Doctoral Degree.

How do you find out your specific provincial requirements on how to become a psychologist?

1. You will get an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology. This ought to take about five years to complete

2. You will get a Masters Degree in Psychology. This ought to take between five to five years to get.

3. Optional (Depending on your location in Canada): You will get a Doctoral Degree in Psychology which can take anywhere from five to five years to complete.

4. In most provinces/territories you must complete the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).

5. Some provinces/territories also require an oral examination, along with specific provincial/territorial examinations.

6. Usually you will must complete a period of post schooling supervised experience under another registered Psychologist.

You can visit http://www.psychology-canada.ca to find out more detail on specific Psychology degree granting educational institutions for both undergraduate & graduate degrees. As well details on what you require for each province/territory in Canada.

In general, each province/territory has a governing body that handles the registration of Psychologists; each provincial body has its own requirements for registering as a Psychologist. In case you select you would like to become a Psychologist then do your research! There is allot of information available to you. Plan your Educational route and beyond. This is a long term dedication but well worth it for the right individual!

Ambiguous Nonverbal Communication

Understanding nonverbal communication begins in the earliest stages of childhood. Early in life, a child learns to identify, such feelings as; happiness, sadness, rage, excitement and other moods in adults and other children alike, as well as in pets. Responses like, doors slamming, loud voices, smiles, frowns, crying; are all some of the nonverbal communication that as a child, one grows up with and learns from. With high-strung emotions caused by puberty, teenagers become masters of nonverbal communications. And finally as adults we tend to find hidden meanings in most nonverbal communications as well as in verbal communication creating an arguing society. Example: Betty says, “That’s not what I said!!!” Bob says, “Well that’s what you meant!”
Ambiguous nonverbal communication has become the main subject matter for many situation comedy’s or “sit-com’s”. As I recall, I Love Lucy, Three’s Company, and the more recent sitcoms, Married with Children, and Seinfield are all sitcoms based on ambiguous nonverbal and verbal communication. (The actors would get different meanings than the audience would, so the audience would get two different sides throughout the entire episode.)

Ambiguous nonverbal communication can be anything from body positioning (kinesics or body orientation) to gestures (movements of the hands and arms), or eye contact, or smiles taken by different people differently. You see nonverbal communications all the time in daily life by people you do and don’t know. For instance, one can be questioned for standing or sitting too close to someone else. Also, sitting at a stop sign, you may see someone twirling his or her hair. It may mean nervousness, thought, habit, or perhaps they just have something in their hair. I, personally, have been accused of flirting with a waitress just by simply smiling at her. This wouldn’t be the first time that a smile or gesture has been misinterpreted; or the last time. I am as guilty of this as anyone, it’s hard to believe, but people say I am that way

In doing research, I have noted that the less you know someone the harder it is to accurately read his or her “gestures” if you will, but on the other hand, sometimes knowing a person, and being familiar with his or her behavior, better equips you to understand most of their verbal and nonverbal interactions. Also let me add, you must strongly study people that are skilled to deceive such as politicians, salesmen and actors or actresses.

In the recent weeks I have been paying closer attention and have noticed many things that I wouldn’t have noticed a couple of weeks ago, pertaining to chapter six. The dictionary definition of ambiguous is: (adj. open to various interpretations; having a double meaning.) By reading between the lines I can safely say that all nonverbal communications can be ambiguous. Interpretation by male or female, old or young, good mood or bad mood, could all possibly warrant uncertain responses and faulty analysis.

In conclusion, gestures (illustrators, emblems, adaptors,) and other types of nonverbal communications are a basic part of our complicated society. Animals, on one hand, can communicate what they want or the mood they’re in just by something they do, because this nonverbal communication is less complex, on the other hand, in our society, intelligence, along with gestures, body orientation, posture, and verbal communication, inhibits our understanding of communications.