Pediatric psychologists such as myself are very similar to other child psychologists. However, we are more likely to work in pediatric medical settings than in mental health clinics, and to consult more frequently with pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists than with psychiatrists.
We usually focus more on developing healthy patterns of behavior than on “mental illness”. Pediatric psychologists are often more likely to be trained in behavioral therapies based on scientific research than in methods based on traditional notions about unconscious motivation and inner conflict.
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