Clinical Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist


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Mrs. Green is a school guidance counselor who has been working with 12-year-old Tommy on his behavior. He is often impulsive and disruptive in class. He has an inability to focus and his grades are suffering. The guidance counselor suspects that Tommy has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and she refers him to a psychiatrist.

Which of the following reasons would explain why Mrs. Green referred Tommy to a psychiatrist and not a clinical psychologist?

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1. Meg completed _____ and then completed a four-year residency in the field of _____ before becoming a psychiatrist.

2. On average, a _____ has a higher salary than a clinical psychologist, but there are always exceptions.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How much do you know about the differences between clinical psychology and psychiatry? This quiz and worksheet can help you find out! Questions ask you to review statements and scenarios then relate them to responsibilities, educational requirements, employment options and salaries for clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test your knowledge of the following using this quiz and worksheet:

  • Reason a disruptive student might be referred to psychiatrist
  • Program or school type and field of residency for individuals interested in psychiatry
  • Professional that commonly earns a higher salary than a clinical psychologist
  • Differences between professionals that handle depression with medical management vs. psychotherapy
  • Work environment where only clinical psychologists are located

Skills Practiced

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to review a scenario involving a disruptive student and determine why it is best to refer him to a psychiatrist instead of a clinical psychologist
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the school or program and residency requirements for becoming a psychiatrist
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a professional known to earn more than a clinical psychiatrist and the work environment where only clinical psychiatrists are found

Additional Learning

Learn more about concepts covered in this quiz and worksheet by reviewing the lesson called Clinical Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist. Examine this lesson to discover the following:

  • Patient treatment that only psychiatrists can offer
  • Common field experience requirement for clinical psychologists
  • Why clinical psychologists and psychiatrists are both called doctors
  • Serious psychiatric disorders treated by both psychiatrists and clinical psychologists