Careers in Psychology : Requirements to Be a Psychologist

Careers in Psychology : Requirements to Be a Psychologist

In order to be a psychologist, there are various academic requirements, but clinical psychologists normally require a Ph.D. Learn about the licensures that some psychologists need with help from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on psychology.

Expert: John Bosworth
Bio: John Bosworth is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, chronic pain and stress management.
Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz


May 24, 2009 / 12 Comments / by / in
  • you're a diamond, thankyou!! x

  • Neuropsychologist. X

  • @blink56k Just a breakdown of the degrees for those interested in therapy:
    **Medical Degrees**
    Psychiatrist – Literally, go to med school and do a psych residency (8+ yrs,, MCAT and undergrad degree strong in sciences and lib arts required).

    **Doctoral Degrees**
    Phd. – Trains you to be both a researcher and clinician (3-5 yrs, GRE and 3.5 or greater undergrad GPA usually required)
    Psyd.- Main focus is placed on being clinician (3-5 yrs., GRE and 3.5 or greater undergrad GPA usually required)

  • @blink56k (Continued)

    **Masters Degrees**
    MSW/LCSW – clinical social work (2 yr program, 1 yr spent learning general social work practice, 1 yr spent in clinical specialty, no GRE usually required, and an undergrad GPA of 3.0 or +)
    LMHC – licensed mental health counselor (2 yr program, coursework varies but mainly includes counseling theory, diagnosing, human development, GRE usually required, and undergrad GPA of 3.0 or +)
    MSEd. in counseling: similar as LMHC, but focused on school counseling

  • Anyway, final word of advice on the requirements. If you don't want to go for the doctoral or md degrees, make sure you research the masters degrees in your state closely: some can have private practice, some may not, and others limit you to a certain population (ex. the M.S.Ed. if all you want to do is school counseling). I'm obviously biased toward the MSW because of its flexibility (an MSW can be a school counselor, a case manager, or a therapist), but just be clear about what you want to do.

  • yes

  • Can you practice as a clinical psychologist with a master's degree and not phd?

  • I want to be a clinical psychologist soooo bad! Running towards that destiny at full charge!

  • Thanks very very very much!!!! Now I know how to become a psychologist.. Meaning you have to, must get a phd in psychology and work that career in order to become one!… and it's not an automatic title right?? I thought it was an automatic title once you get a bachelor's even, or you just give the title to yourself, or don't even have to work the job title to be recognized as a psychologist… Ohhhhhh-… wonder I'm not a psychologist.. Yet…..!

  • great thku

  • liking neuropsychology or organisational

  • so are these the steps to become a clinical psychologist?
    1) undergraduate degree in psychology
    2) masters
    3) PsyD (for clinical work)

    also can't a person become a clinical psychologist after their master degrees?

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