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What Do I Need To Do To Be A Clinical Psychologist

What should i minor in to be a Clinical Psychologist and what graduate school is best?

Sociology is a perfectly compatible minor for psychology, and many clinical psych programs will view it approvingly. Follow your true interests. I majored in psychology and minored in religious studies, and I ended up with admissions offers from 4 prestigious doctoral programs in clinical psychology. One of my grad school classmates had minored in biology, but none of the others had. None of us had difficulty in the biologically-based psych courses we had to take in grad school. Unless you are planning on a research career in the cognitive or biological psych areas, I don't believe a biology minor is likely to make much difference in getting into grad school or succeeding there.

What does a clinical psychologist do?

A Clinical Psychologist is a Doctor who holds a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) or a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.). The basic difference between the 2 degrees of Psy.D. and Ph.D. is the rigor and higher standards of the PhD Dissertation which often takes on average 8-years to complete. The Degree of Ph.D. is the highest and most prestigious degree bestowed by Academia.A Clinical Psychologist has spent at least 5-6 years of graduate work strictly studying psychology while during these same years assessing and treating patients under supervision, then moving on to complete 1-2 years of internship which is also evaluating and treating patients under supervision, followed by 1-2 years of post-doctoral fellowships with also supervised clinical work experience with patients, before qualifying for the right to sit for the National, State, and APA Boards licensing examination. * Additional course work, education, and training in brain-behavior-neurology-neuroscience, and additional Post-Doctoral Training of 2 to 3 additional years is common for a Clinical Psychologist who is also a Clinical NeuroPsychologist.A Clinical Psychologist does not prescribe medication in the State of Florida. Instead, a Clinical Psychologist provides psychotherapy through their in-depth knowledge of psychological theory, a plethora of scientific driven psychotherapy modalities, research and diagnostic testing.Clinical Psychologists also specialize in psychological testing and are the only group of clinicians trained to do so. Psychological testing requires years of training that involves not only how to administer the psychological tests, but also how to score and integrate the psychological test information with clinical interviews, background information, knowledge of personality theory, human development and research.The title “Licensed Clinical Psychologist” can only be used by someone who has completed the above training and has then passed both national and state licensing examinations.Informally, a licensed clinical psychologist may be referred to as a “therapist,” “psychotherapist” “counselor,” or “clinician.” However, these are more general terms often used by the lay person and that can be used by other mental health professionals that are not doctors, such as mental health counselors or social workers .Shawna Freshwater, PhDLicensed Clinical Psychologist and NeuroPsychologist

Why should you be a clinical psychologist?

I think it satisfies a need for those with a love for science and to work with people in many capacities, while performing  studies  in a laboratory or clinical setting.  Those who make it through the rigorous screening process along with the gradesthat prove academic achievement, are still faced with years of difficult work underthe watchful and practiced eye of  mature clinicians who are interested in valid and reliable results.Results of experimental psychology are subject to on site review by superiors and peers,  who may seek replication to insure quality control.  One error may cause aprotocol to begin again, to be discarded completely, or turned over to peers and your work discounted.Advantages are the various opportunities a graduate clinical psychologist may enjoy as a result of successful completion of an academic program, include immediatejob opportunities that may include academic work and teaching at a major university, taking over a supervisory role to begin a new clinical practice, and an assistant director in a larger clinic, or director in smaller practices in the public area.  The very brave and well resourced psychologist may go it alone while doing pro bono work for a non profit in the area that may act  as a referral source.I have seen psychologists who are burned out because they try to do everything in an agency, and of course eventually buckle under the work-load.   Professionalsare subject to the same stress and demands of anyone else except the results may end in more dire consequences.  Self care and the help of other professionals isan important slice of job performance and self preservation.

How to become a clinical psychologist?

I just have a couple questions regarding the education part of becoming a clinical psychologist

1)What level of degree do you need to be an actual practicing clinical psychologist?
2) What "school" would you recommend?

How much free time do you get as a clinical psychologist?

As a shrink, I can tell you personal free time all depends on how you manage your time
and how much you are invested in earning a six digit income.


Incidentally, we do not "fix" anyone nor do we seek to do such.
We are highly educated and education continues long after grad school is completed.

People who become patients can be demanding of time, it is up to the clinician to place
structure on those demands. We are not on 24-hr call. Specialties in Medicine, however,
can require a 24-Hr On-Call status. We each have the right to say "no", all the same.

Clinical Psychologists can be employed in business, government, group practices, or
maintain a personal practice. We are not exclusively singular in private practice. In fact,
we tend to be gregarious people within our own circles but because of the nature of the confidentiality of our work, we are not generally highly social in behavior with the general
public. We are careful not to be in places where patients/potential patients gather
(such as parties) as many people are curious about "secret keepers" and ask intrusive
questions which we will not answer. We also do not work for free.

Of course we travel and have vacations. It is necessary for our own and our
families good mental health. Psychologists are in charge of their own schedules.
A sense of autonomy is one of the perks in being a clinician.

Steps to become a Clinical Psychologist?

Hello everyone!

I'm 18, about to become a freshman in college this fall. which i'm happy about. I'm going to a state college, just because all of the other colleges around me are too expensive, and or too big. I want to become a clinical psychologist. The first question I have is what is the difference between a Ph.D in Psychology, and a Psy.D Degree?

I want to become a Clinical Psychologist to help unstable people overcome problems. I want to be there for people that don't have anyone. See, I have been diagnosed with several mental disorders, and I was never able to get any treatments because my parents don't believe in mental disorders. Isn't that funny. I did start going to a clinical psychologist and it was the best decision of my life. My psychologist made me feel important and at ease and I want to do the same for other. But I don't know how? what classes to take in college? What medical school? How to overcome no family support? Because my mom wants me to be a nurse (ew, blood), and my dad wants me to be a business women. I want to work in a mental hospital for adults. I want to be there for people I don't even know, but my parents don't support that one bit. But I don't care because I'll do what I enjoy doing.

Okay, So what things to I have to accomplish to reach my goal? What courses to take in college and how hard is it to get into medical school? Do I have to be the top in my class to go to medical school? Because I heard it's very competitive.

How much do clinical psychologists usually make?

For the first year, clinical psychologists are accumulating their postdoctoral hours to apply for licensure, so they don't make much. For individuals in a formal postdoctoral program, they can expect to make $30,000 to $45,000 a year. Some people dive into the work force (a difficult thing to do if you don't have a license). The APA did a survey in 2003 on new graduates with doctoral degrees. The overall median starting salary in 2003 was $52,556 with an average of $54,814 and a standard deviation of $16,889. Women reported a median salary that was $3,000 lower than that reported by men. Most graduates reported median starting salaries between $46,000 and $58,000.

After you obtain your license, you make more because you are able to practice independently (without supervision). The average salary varies according to experience and the location of the practice. Here is the most recent (2003) APA salary survey.
The average salary for a clinical psychologist is about $75,000.

If I wish to pursue a career as clinical psychologist, should I take Bachelor Degree of Arts (psychology) or Bachelor Degree of Science(psychology)?

Choose the BSc Psychology Program.Both the BA Psychology and the BSc Psychology can qualify you for a career in Clinical Psychology but many BSc Psychology programs offer better preparation for advanced graduate study in the field of Clinical Psychology. It is also beneficial for you to decide whether you will pursue a career as a Clinical Psychology Practitioner or a Clinical Psychology Researcher.Carefully read the course outlines of both the BA and BSc programs before you enrol. In most universities, the BSc Psychology programs offer more concentration on psychology and there're more courses on topics such as behavioural health, cognitive neuroscience, mental and physical health, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology, just to name a few.Depending on the details of the program offered by the University you've chosen, I would recommend the BSc Psychology if you're pursuing a career as a clinician or a clinical psychologist in a hospital, private practice, a school or even medical school. Many B.A. Psychology programs are recommended for students who are planning to pursue other fields not closely related to psychology, such as law, business or management.In many universities, the BA Psychology programs have a mixture of different courses and less concentration on psychology compared to a BSc Psychology program. Although a BA Psychology can also prepare you for a career in clinical psychology, a BSc is more appropriate if you intend to earn a graduate degree in psychology; which is a prerequisite for becoming a Clinical Psychologist. Remember also that upon acquiring your baccalaureate, you need to earn a graduate degree. This next step depends on whether you seek a career as a practitioner or a researcher.  If you plan to become a researcher in clinical psychology pursue a Ph.D. If you plan to work directly with patients, enrol in either a master's degree program or a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology (Doctor of Psychology). N.B.: In many universities, the minimum requirements to qualify for MA and MSc  programs can vary. Some requirements are first class only, first class or second class {upper only}, 3.5 GPA, etc.  Also, make sure it's accredited.