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Clinical psychologists determine what they earn based on how many hours they work. They can charge suggested medical-aid rates. Such rates are about R500 an hour.
Lynne has a MA Clin Psych from Wits University. Students can study a BA majoring in psychology and then apply for Honours. For clinical psychology, there’s usually a very stringent selection process. Once you have completed Honours, you also have to undergo selection for Masters. For both Honours and Masters you’re required to write a thesis. During your Masters year, you have to complete an internship.
Lynne says it’s beneficial to do volunteer work ahead of Honours or Masters selection. You’ll be evaluated against more experienced candidates and volunteer work can increase your chances of being admitted. You can volunteer at organisations such as clinics or LifeLine.
This is not a nine-to-five job. The workday can start as early as 07:00 and continue as late as 20:00 because people often want to make appointments before or after work. Some clinical psychologists work on Saturdays. Often, longer working hours are required while building up a practice.
Places of Employment
Most clinical psychologists work in private practice or in a Medi-Clinic setup with other doctors. Lynne runs her own practice.
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Contact your university for more specific information.
Psychological Society of South Africa
Health Professions Council of South Africa