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In Canada, psychologists and psychiatrists are primarily responsible for treating people with mental health problems. In New Brunswick, our psychologists are guided by the needs of their patients, collaborating with them to provide the best therapy and treatments to improve their overall emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Some psychologists may specialize in applied psychology or experimental research, and some even focus their research on animals. Psychologists are an integral part of New Brunswick’s great healthcare system, especially now that public awareness surrounding mental health issues has grown and more people are seeking help.

Psychologists often treat people who are in vulnerable positions, which is why this career requires a level of delicacy, compassion, and empathy. Our psychologists must always be willing to learn new approaches and explore new methods of treatment, always acting in the best interest of their clients. Excellent communication skills, patience, and keen observation skills are vital for a successful psychologist.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • Empathy and compassion
  • Genuine interest in helping others
  • Emotional maturity and stability
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to keep learning new approaches

Psychologists in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Assessing clients through interviews, observation, standardized psychological tests, and rating scales
  • Diagnosing behavioural, emotional, neurodevelopmental, and cognitive disorders
  • Providing evidence-based therapy individually or in groups
  • Planning intervention programs and conducting program evaluation
  • Applying psychological theory and principles regarding behaviour and mental processes
  • Supervising the training of other mental health professionals
  • Working as part of interdisciplinary teams with other professionals
  • Conducting studies and publishing research papers, educational texts, and articles
  • Delivering presentations at conferences, workshops, or symposia
  • Providing consultation services to government and other organizations
  • Advocating for mental health services

Psychologists generally work standard weekday office hours. However, some may be required or may choose to work evenings and weekends occasionally. This career can be emotionally demanding, but also incredibly rewarding.

Psychologists work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Clinics
  • Mental health centres
  • Correctional facilities
  • Private practice
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Community service organizations
  • Schools and universities
  • Governmental bodies

In New Brunswick, psychologists must be registered with the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick. Since 2020, All new registrants into the profession in New Brunswick must have a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in Psychology, unless they are actively registered in another Canadian jurisdiction and transferring that registration to New Brunswick.

Psychology programs are offered in New Brunswick by the following educational institutions: