The psychiatrist is a medical specialist who takes care of people suffering from difficulties, or psychological pathologies. He works in private practice, at the hospital, in a private clinic, in medico-psychological centers, or in institutions (retirement homes, for example).
In the hospital, the psychiatrist can work in a psychiatric ward, in the emergency room, or be available on all the services of the hospital.
What is his training?
> First and foremost: a doctor ...
There is not a psychiatrist, but psychiatrists. However, their common denominator is medical education. Like the cardiologist or the surgeon, he pursued general medical studies by choosing a specialty, in this case psychiatry.
> ... who may have several strings to his bow
A psychiatrist can do general psychiatry and / or sub-specialize in a particular field. For example, his expertise may concern child psychiatry (psychiatry for children and adolescents), addictology (management of addictions and addictions), sexology, or other more specific areas. These different denominations most often require additional medical training.
The psychiatrist can also enroll in parallel training, not exclusive to the medical field. These can also lead to obtaining particular titles. He may, for example, be a psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst, and a psychotherapist if he has followed the appropriate training.