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CLINICAL+PSYCHOLOGY[1] Revison by Amanda Satchwill

CLINICAL+PSYCHOLOGY[1] Revison by Amanda Satchwill



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Clinical Psychology: A 1Running Head: Clinical PsychologyClinical Psychology: A Specialization and PassionMichelle R. Yarbrough
Clinical Psychology: A 2Clinical Psychology is the second most prestigious of the Mental HealthProfession, second only to Psychiatry (Todd & Bohart, 2006). According to theOccupational Outlook Handbook (2008-09),they make up the largest specialty inthe field. Clinical Psychology is defined as a mix of science and theory. A ClinicalPsychologist uses their knowledge of psychology to predict and treat mentaldisorders. This all hopefully leads to the ultimate goal, alleviation of humansuffering. They are often involved in a lot of research, but some prefer to focus onpatients or teaching. Diagnosis of mental illness is a big part of being a clinicalpsychologist. This can be done through tests and through the use of the Diagnosticand Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).Attending a graduate school is absolutely necessary to entering this field. It isimportant that you stand out from the crowd with the surplus of people whograduate every year with a degree in psychology. If you manage to achieve highenough(GRADES OR GPA, SOMETHING TO EXPLAIN WHAT IS HIGH ENOUGH)in yourundergraduate years and wish to apply to a graduate school for Clinical Psychology,aim for the best. The graduate program in Clinical Psychology at the University of California at Berkley is the highest rated of its kind according to PHDs.org. The nextbest include the University of Washington, the University of Virginia, Stony BrookUniversity, and the University of Rochester. The program at Berkley is a member of  The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, WHICHmeans that it “shares thecommon goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment,understanding and amelioration of human problems” (University of California-Berkley, 2007). It is a difficult program to get into. In the 2007-2008 term they
Clinical Psychology: A 3received 280 applications and only 10 were accepted. What does it take to get in?Well the average undergraduate GPA was 3.75. They also carefully consider testscores, your statement of purpose, research experience, and letters of recommendation.Graduate school is only a part of what it takes to make it in this field. It allbegins in undergraduate school where you must achieve a B.S. or B.A. inpsychology. Then you must continue on to graduate school. There are two types of doctoral degrees that you can receive for this specialization. In order to get a Ph. D.or doctor of Philosophy,you must complete a year-long internship, plus three years of coursework, and finally you must complete a research dissertation. A Psy. D. ordoctor of psychology, ISoffered exclusively at professional schools of psychology and can be achieved after 4-6 years of coursework (Todd & Bohart,2006). After youhave completed roughly ten years of school work you still have one more step. Allstates require a license to practice clinical psychology. This came about becausePsychologists urged the government to require a license in order to gain higherprofessional status. A license is issued after the completion of a very difficultprocess. It takes a minimum of 2,000 hours of practice during a two year period, awritten exam, and a one hour oral exam. If you manage to make it through thisprocess you are now officially permitted to practice Clinical Psychology. The advantage of being a Clinical Psychologist is flexibility. They work inmany different environments including but not limited to private practice, hospitals,schools, and the military. This paper focuses on the hospital setting. In the hospitalsetting you would work with individual patients of all ages and their families. One of the main groups you would be treating would be people with Personality Disorders. The reason for this is although only 10-15% of people have this disorder (Maier,

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