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Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Career Video

Description: Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.


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Helping people succeed in schooland personal life is the work ofclinical, counseling, and school psychologists.Clinical psychologists help people resolveshort-term personal issues or cope with severe,chronic mental illness.They start by assessing and diagnosinga person’s condition,then choose the most effectivetreatment to offer—whether it’s individual, family,or group psychotherapy,or a behavior modification program.Clinical psychologists may specialize inworking with a certain age group,or in treating certain types of disorders.Counseling psychologists help their clientsdeal with issues at home, in their career,at school, or in their communities.After interviewing clientsand gathering their history,a counseling psychologist works to help themunderstand the underlying dynamics ofproblems in their lives,identify coping strategies,set goals,and create an action plan to meet them.They work with families, groups, and individuals.School psychologists help students succeedin their personal development and at school.They may diagnose learning or behavior issues,and design performance plansto help students thrive.School psychologists counsel studentsand families,and also work with teachers and school staffto improve teaching, learning,and administrative methods.School psychologistsneed an advanced degree,usually the education specialist degree,and certification or licensure.Some school psychologists have a master’s ordoctoral degree in school psychology.Most clinical and counseling psychologistsneed a doctorate in psychology, an internship,and a period of supervisedprofessional experience.They must also pass a national exam.