dcsimg

5 Awesome Things a Clinical Psychologist Does

Within the field of psychology, there are a wide variety of specialized areas to practice in. The medical field has expanded so much that there are countless areas for a psychologist to find unique ways in which to help their patients to overcome serious problems. Once you have gotten a masters in clinicial psychology or an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, there are a number of areas that you could specialize in, all with different aspects of this field of medicine. Some psychologists choose to work in medical facilities such as hospitals or clinics. Others prefer to work in educational settings, in industry, do social work, or open a private practice. Check out some of the most awesome things you can do with a masters in clinical psychology.

  1. Hypnotherapy - A hypnotherapist is trained in using exercises with their patients that create a deep sense of relaxation. The exercises induce an altered state of consciousness. When a person is put into a trance by a hypnotherapist, they are more receptive to verbal suggestions and images. It can actually teach a person to control their emotions and master their own states of awareness in any situation. By learning these skills, they can affect how their body reacts. They also learn to control their psychological responses to situations. When a person is hypnotized, they are guided to remember events that may have caused trauma. They can be taught to separate negative thoughts and replace them with healthy ones. When the body is relaxed, the mind is more focused. A hypnotherapist can train your mind so that you are totally relaxed. This is beneficial for patients because it changes brain wave activity, lowers blood pressure, and slows heart rate.
  2. Work with trauma victims - When large groups of people are exposed to natural disaster such as earthquakes, floods, or tornadoes, the impact on people's lives is tremendous. Some people who have gone through such events develop posttraumatic stress disorder as a result, and professional help is needed for them to overcome the trauma. If a person doesn't get psychological help for severe trauma, there can be long-term negative effects from the event. Additional causes of trauma may be caused by substance abuse, indoctrination, domestic or sexual abuse. Not everyone who suffers from such an event is emotionally scarred permanently, but there are people who do need psychological help to get past traumatic events, and a psychologist who is trained to work with trauma victims is their best hope of recovery.
  3. Work in research - Research psychologists study how people learn, act, think, and feel. They may also conduct research on physical problems that affect the brain. They can also work with patients who have suffered memory loss as a result of injury or trauma. Most of the psychologists in this area work for universities, government offices, or private companies. Some researchers are professors who spend their time away from teaching conducting research. Research psychologists must conduct experiments and studies according to ethical guidelines. They perform tests on volunteer subjects, conduct experiments, publish the data collected on the research, and must be responsible for applying for grants. They may also attend conferences and seminars.
  4. Clinical Psychology - Private practice is the goal of many psychologists who are responsible for treating some of the more serious mental conditions including schizophrenia and depression. It's an excellent choice for the professional who wants to deal with complex issues that people face and provide the most appropriate treatments. This is a challenging field, and allows professionals to work in educational settings, universities, industry, or do social work. The training is extensive and usually requires four to six years of additional study after getting a bachelor's degree. The program of study must be accredited by the APA. This is a rewarding career choice for the professional willing to take the time to obtain the necessary credentials.
  5. Helping people - This is one of the reasons so many people choose to enter the field of psychology. Helping people to overcome serious problems or trauma can be extremely rewarding. Since each client is different, they all face different sets of challenges and have unique needs requiring individualized treatment options. The psychologist can prescribe the most appropriate treatment based on the patient's unique needs, and have the opportunity to work with adults or children.
References:
Schools
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization
            • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
            • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year
            • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities (beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities.
            • Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WUSCUC).
            • Financial Aid
            Master of Arts in Sport Psychology
            • Focused on continuing education for adults. 7 locations, 15+ programs. WASC accredited.
            • 20+ unique certificate, workshop, and special topics programs.
            • Several types of financial assistance are available for qualifying students.
            • A nonprofit, private institution based in the Bay Area.
            • An approved participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Master of Science in Applied Psychology - Community Psychology

            Sacred Heart University Online is an affordable and convenient way to earn a degree online from a university ranked among America’s best colleges. Experience Sacred Heart’s signature core values and degree programs based on interactive personal attention, small classes, and rigorous academics offer students a unique life platform for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

            • Online Courses
            Industrial/Organizational Psychology - MSIOP (Master's)
            • Average class size is 25, allowing for more one-on-one time with instructors.
            • Has a 97% employment rate among available graduates.
            • All  graduates receive Lifetime Employment  Assistance—free and forever.
            • Michigan's largest independent college.
            • Most instructors are working professionals in the fields they teach.
            • Programs are continuously updated to ensure classes are career-relevant and in sync with what's needed in the industry
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            M.A. Psychology
            • Several institutional scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
            • Features several learning model options, including online, residency, and hybrid options.
            • Offers graduate degree programs in organizational leadership, mind-body medicine, psychology and human science.
            • Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WUSCUC).
            • Two teaching locations in Seattle, Washington with the university headquarters located in Oakland, California.
            • Online Courses
            M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
            • Why Earn Your Degree from GCU?
            • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more!
            • Convenience: Complete courses online, on campus, or a combination of both!
            • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
            • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
            • Quality: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is regionally accredited. Learn more today!
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            M.S. in Psychology - General Psychology
            • With an MS in Human and Social Services from Walden, you can expand your professional skills and global perspective to make a positive difference in the lives of your clients.
            • This online master’s in human and social services focuses on building your effectiveness and professional skills in your chosen area of practice within a global context.
            • The program includes core courses that incorporate global content and case studies and an optional Global Social Services specialization.
            • As a graduate, you will be prepared to articulate the role that human services leaders play in promoting social change and advocacy for individuals, families, and communities in need.
            • Choose from 12 career-aligned specializations that allow you to focus your learning on your own career path and goals.
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Science in General Psychology
            • Bachelor of Science in Psychology program helps students prepare for careers in counseling, marketing/sales, human services, ministry, and more.
            • The School of Psychology & Counseling received a 95% match rate for 4th year Psy.D. student internships in 2015.
            • Programmatic accreditation for psychology programs is provided by the American Psychological Association (APA).
            • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
            • Online Courses
            Online Master of Science in Applied Psychology
            • Ranked 25th among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • One of the world’s leading private research universities.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 56.8% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has an average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, of 96.8 percent.
            • Dedicated to a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education since 1880.
            • Its faculty includes National Academy members, Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows, and more.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            MA in Psychology, General Psychology
            • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
            • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
            • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
            • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid