Intervention

In psychological terms, interventions describe actions or therapies undertaken to bring about positive change in behaviour, thoughts or feelings.  Once a difficulty, disorder or developmental issue has been recognised, a psychologist would recommend a proven ‘intervention’ – course of action or activity.  For example, for children with autism this might be a particular focus on…


Psychologist

Psychologists are university-educated experts in human behaviour, emotions and mental processes. They work with people across the lifespan to help individuals to improve their lives.  Psychologists work in a vast range of settings including hospitals, community settings, private practice, correctional facilities, schools, the defence forces, research centres, government departments and organisations. Psychologists have a minimum…


Evidence-based

Evidence-based refers to any information or practice that is based on a strong research foundation  that has been tested.  Psychologists often talk about ‘evidence-based’ practice which means using treatments, interventions or strategies that have been rigorously tested.


The Bystander Effect

The Bystander Effect is a term that describes the phenomenon whereby individuals or groups of people ignore someone in distress (calling for help, being attacked, being abused) rather than going to help. Research has found that the more bystanders there are at an event the less likely any one person is to help. The term…


Cognitive behaviour therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy, often referred to as CBT, is a popular proven psychological talk therapy aimed at changing a person’s unhelpful thought patterns (I am no good, I can’t do this) to more helpful thoughts. It recognises that how we think affects our feelings and behaviour. It is now a well-supported and recognised treatment, which has…


Psychology

Psychology is a scientific discipline and profession that focuses on human behaviour.  Through rigorous research and practice, psychology aims to understand people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour and enhance life by applying strategies and proven treatments to disorders as well as helping people improve their health, work, relationships and performance.