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Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is an integration of science, theory and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development. Central to its practice are psychological assessment and psychotherapy, it is concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders.


Assessments are usually used to create generalized impressions (rather than diagnoses) in service to informing treatment planning. Methods include formal testing measures, interviews, reviewing past records, clinical observation, and physical examination.

These measures generally fall within one of several categories, including the following:

  • Intelligence & achievement tests – These tests are designed to measure certain specific kinds of cognitive functioning (often referred to as IQ) in comparison to a norming-group. These tests, such as the BKT, attempt to measure such traits as general knowledge, verbal skill, memory, attention span, logical reasoning, and visual/spatial perception. Several tests have been shown to predict accurately certain kinds of performance, especially scholastic.
  • Personality tests – Tests of personality aim to describe patterns of behavior, thoughts, and feelings. They generally fall within two categories: objective and projective. Objective measures, such as the MMPI, are based on restricted answers—such as yes/no, true/false, or a rating scale—which allow for computation of scores that can be compared to a normative group. Projective tests, such as the Rorschach inkblot test, allow for open-ended answers, often based on ambiguous stimuli, presumably revealing non-conscious psychological dynamics.
  • Neuropsychological tests – Neuropsychological tests consist of specifically designed tasks used to measure psychological functions known to be linked to a particular brain structure or pathway. They are typically used to assess impairment after an injury or illness known to affect neurocognitive functioning, or when used in research, to contrast neuropsychological abilities across experimental groups.
  • Clinical observation – Clinical psychologists are also trained to gather data by observing behavior. The clinical interview is a vital part of assessment, even when using other formalized tools, which can employ either a structured or unstructured format. Such assessment looks at certain areas, such as general appearance and behavior, mood and affect, perception, comprehension, orientation, insight, memory, and content of communication. One psychiatric example of a formal interview is the mental status examination, which is often used in psychiatry as a screening tool for treatment or further testing.


  • Assessment: Diagnostic interviewing, behavioral assessment, administration and interpretation of psychological test measures
  • Intervention (primary, secondary and tertiary levels): Clinical services to individuals, families and groups
  • Consultation: Inter- and intra-professional practice with other health and behavioral health professionals and organizations

Clinical psychologist

Clinical psychologists treat people whose thought patterns and behavior are a threat to their own and others’ wellbeing. They assess and provide treatment for people with a wide range of conditions such as depression, eating disorders and addiction. They provide a wide range of psychological services to individuals across the lifespan and for mental health conditions that range from mild to severe and complex.

It help people make positive changes to their thinking and behaviour. They aim to understand their clients' thoughts and actions so they can work with them to manage or overcome their psychological distress and improve their well-being.

The clinical psychologist brings to the practice of mental healthcare of older people knowledge-based psychological skills in relation to people, ageing and disease.

Clinical psychologists play important roles in helping patients recover and, in many cases, return to their everyday lives.

It works with different and varied client groups. These can include children with behavioral and emotional difficulties, mothers with postnatal depression and young offenders. We will draw our scientific knowledge to bring about positive change. Treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy are now offered to people with range of difficulties including anxiety and depression as well as more severe problems such as personality disorders to name a few.

Facilities available at SHRI include:

  • Binet Kamat test of intelligence
  • Vineland social maturity scale
  • Bhatia Battery of performance test of intelligence
  • Vanderbilt ADHD diagnostic parent rating scale
  • Vanderbilt ADHD diagnostic teacher rating scale
  • The Gillian Autism rating scale(GARS-2)
  • Diagnostic test of learning disability
  • Picture frustration test
  • Sentence completion test
  • Draw a person test
  • Letter cancellation
  • Digit vigilance test
  • Boston memory scale
  • How I feel questionnaire
  • Children depression inventory
  • Halmilton rating scale for depression
  • Halminton rating scale for anxiety
  • Young mania rating scale
  • Post traumatic stress rating scale
  • Family relationship inventory
  • Family environment scale
  • Body Dismorphic disorder modification of the Y-BOCS (BDD-YBOCS)
  • Brown ADD scale
  • Yale Brown obsessive compulsive scale( Y-BOCS)
  • Eysenck’s Personality Questionnaire
  • Rorschach Pyschodiagnostic Test
  • Suicidal Intent Questionnaire
  • Marital Adjustment Questionnaire
  • Zung Self Rating Anxiety Scale
  • Rosenberf Self Esteem Scale
  • Mini Mental Status Examination
  • Multi Dimentional Parenting Scale
  • Standard Progressive Matrices

Therapy Availavble:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Modified Version Of Jacobson’s Progressive Muscular Relaxation Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Child And Adolescent Counselling
  • Play Therapy
  • Supportive Psychotherapy
  • Grief And Breavement Counselling
  • Stress Management
  • Parenting Counselling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Management Of School Refusal
  • Home Based Cognitive Retraining Program For Head Injury
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Counseling For Psycho Active Substance And Alcohol Abusers
  • Mental Health Counselling
  • Marriage Counselling

Clinical psychologists provide specific interventions in the areas of:

  • Anxiety (OCD, GAD, PTSD, Panic)
  • Mood disorders (depression, bipolar affective disorder)
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders (to reduce the incidence of self harm, use of medical and hospital services and to improve adaptive functioning)
  • Positive and negative symptoms of psychosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Behaviour management, such as analysis and modification of disordered behaviour patterns
  • Group work (eg. anxiety management, social phobia, reducing functional impairment)

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