Clinical Psychology, General

If you have an interest in psychology and want to work closely with patients, clinical psychology could be the right career path for you. Read on to find out what general clinical psychologists do and what training is involved to become one.

Inside General Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychologists diagnose and treat a variety of psychological disorders, like anxiety and depression, in addition to helping patients work through personal issues, such as the breakup of a marriage. In addition, clinical psychologists might specialize in working with children, the elderly, patients with learning disabilities or those who have suffered brain trauma.

Education Information

Educational programs in clinical psychology are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels, although a doctorate is needed to practice independently. Many bachelor's and master's degree programs in clinical psychology prepare students for doctoral study; however, master's graduates might find work as mental health counselors or community college instructors. Doctoral programs in clinical psychology, which are accredited by the American Psychological Association, generally take five years to complete and may require a sixth year to gain supervised experience. To learn more about education options in clinical psychology, you might explore the following Study.com articles.

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