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In this episode, we meet clinical psychologist, Sarah Victor. She explains what a clinical psychologist does, and how it differs from other types of psychologists and other mental health professionals like social workers & psychiatrists. Sarah describes her research on non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide. She is interested in identifying the between-persons factors that increase risk for these problems, as well as within-persons factors that contribute to short-term changes in self-harm risk in daily life.
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"I often tell students who are interested in pursuing a career in psychology that there's no one right answer." [9:45-10:15] Sarah Victor
"A lot of times people think about psychologists as being good listeners -- which we definitely have to be. But sometimes people think of us as giving lots of advice, which we don't actually do too much of. If we were in a position to tell other people what they should do with their lives...that's not typically how that works, we're really trying to help the person find something that works for them." [15:05-15:30] Sarah Victor
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