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Clinical & Counseling Psychologists

Also called: Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

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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:
  • Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
  • Document patient information including session notes, progress notes, recommendations, and treatment plans.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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

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
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Social Orientation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Athena Software Penelope Case Management
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Comprehensive Affect Testing System CATS
  • Noldus Information Technology The Observer
Spreadsheet software
  • Google Sheets
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$78,200
$45,240
$132,670
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