Is Clinical Psychology for Me? Most people considering clinical psychology are interested in understanding people’s behavior as well as helping them live more fulfilling lives. Clinical psychology is only one career path where this is possible. It is important to find the career path that is the best fit for you.
Helping Professions: Mental Health & Social Services Areas Doctoral Degree (plus License): • Clinical psychologist (Ph.D.) • Counseling psychologist (Ph.D. or Ed.D) • Psychiatrist (M.D.) Masters Degree: • Mental health counselor • Social worker • Family & marriage therapist • Art therapist • Guidance counselor
Helping Professions: Mental Health & Social Services Areas Bachelors Degree: • case worker • child protection worker • behavior analyst • director of volunteer services • substance abuse counselor • program manager • psychiatric technician • rehabilitation advisor • family service worker • residential youth counselor • group home coordinator • social service director • daycare center supervisor • veterans' advisor • employment counselor
What Kinds of Work Might You Do? Therapy -individual -group -family/couples Assessment Supervise/Direct Programs Research Teach
Where Might You Work? Settings Include: • Private Practice (individual or group) • Hospitals (e.g., V.A.) • Community Health Agencies • Corporations • Universities
What Should You Do at Buffalo State? • Maintain a high GPA (will have more options) • Get involved in activities outside the classroom -internships in community (PSY488) -research experiences (PSY 499) • Carefully plan courses -broad base in psychology -Statistics (PSY306) & Research Methods (PSY 450) -explore interests via classes you take -additional minor may be useful
Getting More Information • Advisor • APA.org • Career Development Center • Book: Graduate Study in Psychology, published by American Psychological Association