Psychology careers: Clinical psychologist

Assumption College Undergraduate

STEM teachers Assumption psychology students can gain hands-on professional experience as undergraduates through internships and field work, where they have the opportunity to experience if their chosen field of study is right for them. Assumption psychology students intern at hospitals, clinics, non-profit organizations and local Worcester schools.

Psychology major Shannon Porter ‘16 participated in an internship at the University of Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project where she observed clinical evaluations of children. Porter also spent time in the emergency mental health department in the UMASS medical emergency room.

“I learned valuable information about psychological clinical evaluations and patients’ access to therapy.  This internship helped me to see that I love working in a clinical setting,” Porter said.

According to the American Psychological Association, clinical psychology is the “psychological specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive mental and behavioral health care for individuals and families; consultation to agencies and communities; training, education and supervision; and research-based practice.”

Most clinical psychologists have a master’s and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

A clinical psychologist has three main responsibilities:

  • Assess the patient.
  • Diagnose disorders.
  • Recommend possible treatments.

Clinical psychologists can have private practices or work in a mental healthcare facility. Sometimes they are employed by government entities, universities, schools, police departments and military branches.

Clinical psychologists can play an important role in mental health, which is now more than ever regarded as an important component to overall wellness.

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