What is a Master in Clinical Psychology?

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Clinical Psychology degrees teach students theories and treatment methods that help them address unwanted psychological behaviours of clients or patients and promote states of well-being, self-discovery and personal development. Clinical psychologists can administer psychological tests, diagnose and recommend treatment for mental, emotional and behaviour disorders such as depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, or learning disorders.

Courses offered by Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Clinical Psychology cover topics such as developmental psychology, clinical and counseling techniques, evidence-based practice, diagnosis and treatment, psychologic disorders, behavioural neuroscience, research methodologies, and more. Clinical psychologists can specialize in various types of counselling and psychotherapy, based on the theoretical orientation that best fits them from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, (such as psychoanalysis), family therapy, or humanistic therapy.

In order to be a proficient clinical psychologist, you will need to develop listening skills, critical thinking, empathy, but also dedicate time for your personal development and awareness of your own capabilities, limitations and challenges. Going through a personal psychological process is an essential part of your training to becoming a professional psychologist.

Graduates of Clinical Psychology degrees can work in hospitals, schools, as researchers, professors, or have their own private practice. Potential job titles include: clinical case manager, child psychologist, forensics psychologist, clinical social worker, counselling psychologist, psychotherapist, neuropsychologist, rehabilitation psychologist, special education teacher, and more.

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Check out our list of Master's degrees in Clinical Psychology. Keep in mind you can also study an online Masters in Clinical Psychology.


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