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Career In Clinical Psychology A clinical psychologist is a psychologist with a more extensive background in psychology and puts more emphasis on experimental psychological research A clinical psychologist is more likely to work in health care setting with patients with more severe disorders Two commonly pursued degrees are a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology Having a PhD allows you to work in mental health care facilities and settings hospitals private practices research teaching and consulting To gain your PhD you must have 4-5 years of graduate school 1-2 years of internship and possibly a postdoctoral position Having a PsyD in Clinical Psychology gives less emphasis on research that a PhD degree You must have 4 years of graduate school and one year of internship Different programs have different required courses but it is usually recommended that you take courses in statistics experimental methods biological bases of behavior personality psychopathology and social groups Admissions to clinical psychology programs are highly competitive A Clinical Psychologist makes 80-120hr in a private practice This effects your lifestyle in many ways You need to deal with patients severe mental cases You could be affected by other peoples problems But this job can also be very rewarding If you are able to reach out and help someone the you fell better about yourself as well
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