The word psychology literally means, “study of the soul”. Psychology involves the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and its application. Psychologists apply their knowledge and techniques to a wide range of endeavors, including human services, management, education, law, and sports. In addition to the variety of work settings, psychologists specialize in many different areas (or “fields”), such as Clinical, Educational, School, Sport, Experimental, Forensic, Organizational, and Social.
Different NEST members work in the following fields:
- Clinical psychologists, who constitute the largest specialty, generally work in independent or group practice or in hospitals or clinics. Clinical psychologists interview patients; give diagnostic tests; provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy, depending on their specific training. The clinical psychologist focuses on understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development.
- School psychologists work with students, teachers, parents, and administrators to resolve students’ learning and behavior problems.
- Sports psychologists work with professional athletes and coaches to improve performance and increase motivation.