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Clinical & Counseling Psychologists

Also called: Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Psychologist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

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What they do:
Assess, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests. Help individuals with distress or maladjustment understand their problems through their knowledge of case history, interviews with patients, and theory. Provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. May design behavior modification programs and consult with medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients.
On the job, you would:
  • Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, or vocational development and adjustment.
  • Conduct assessments of patients' risk for harm to self or others.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.

Knowledge

Health
  • therapy and counseling
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Addison Health Systems WritePad EHR
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS Hot Technology
Word processing software
  • Google Docs Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Comprehensive Affect Testing System CATS
  • Statistical software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$82,510
$47,010
$167,460
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