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Counseling Psychology CareersWhat is a Counseling Psychologist?

Counseling Psychologists specialize in facilitating personal and interpersonal functioning in patients of all ages. A specialty of professional psychology, Counseling Psychology addresses emotional, vocational, social, educational, health, and developmental issues.

Counseling Psychologists provide a wide range of services to different client populations. They counsel patients in therapeutic settings, to improve their overall mental health and well-being. They assist patients by talking through their challenges and providing them with tools and skills to improve their quality of life.

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What is a Counseling Psychologist Responsible For?

Counseling Psychologists are primarily generalists that work with individuals across the lifespan. They counsel a diverse population to address a wide range of problems.

Counseling Psychologists work with people to improve their lives by focusing on stress reduction, emotional health, crisis resolution, and enhancing the functionality of maladaptive behaviors.

A Counseling Psychologist addresses developmental issues in addition to physical, emotional and mental-health concerns. They develop plans of treatment, brief or long-term therapy, to implement goal-directed interventions.

Most refer severely mentally ill patients to Psychiatrists who have specialized training in mental-health disorders.

Where Does a Counseling Psychologist Work?

Counseling Psychologists work just about anywhere there are people in need. Frequently, they are found working in either private or group practices. Others practice in hospitals, clinics, and community health centers. Counseling Psychologists can be found at universities and colleges, providing support for the student body.

Some prefer to counsel active military or veterans, often assisting them with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), dealing with loss, transitioning to civilian life, or depression.

A Counseling Psychologist is an essential team member in substance-abuse rehab facilities and community mental-health centers. They work with people in a therapeutic setting, using talk therapy and directed communication to help people work through the challenges they face.

What Other Career Options are Available to a Counseling Psychologist?

Apart from the traditional career trajectory of private or group practice, Counseling Psychology Jobs have many options to implement their skills. Some of the counseling opportunities include assisting people with the following:

  • Career Guidance
  • Child Abuse
  • Age-Related Issues
  • Mental-Health and PTSD
  • Marital Problems
  • Suicide Intervention
  • Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Corporate Consulting

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What Kind of Degree is Necessary to Become a Counseling Psychologist?

Most start out by earning a bachelor’s degree, followed by a master’s degree. Earning a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology is highly recommended. The career opportunities available to Counseling Psychologists directly relates to their credentials.

Most practicing psychologists have a PhD or PsyD in Counseling Psychology. A license is generally required by the state in which they practice. Educational and research institutions generally do not require a doctorate degree, but do require a master’s degree in Psychology.

What is the Required Coursework for a Counseling Psychology Degree?

Coursework varies depending on the degree. The prospective doctoral student would do well to pursue an undergraduate education that offers classes in psychology, counseling, and communication.

The PhD candidate must complete a dissertation for degree completion. A student pursuing the PsyD degree is seeking a clinical degree aimed at more practical application of psychology than the PhD candidate. The PsyD degree replaces the dissertation with an examination series.

The prospective PsyD Counseling Psychologist must pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) on completion of their studies.

Doctoral candidates in both degree programs take classes in the following.

  • Vocational Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Psychological Measurement
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Psychotherapy
  • Research Design
  • Ethics

How Much Does a Counseling Psychologist Earn?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average salary is 76,000 dollars in traditional settings. Many practitioners work in private practice where there are opportunities to earn more. Those working in organizations or industrial settings make a median income of 87,000.

Geographic location and level of degree factor prominently in income potential with urban counseling and doctorate degrees in higher demand. Experience is a significant element in determining compensation.

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Assistant Professor/Associate Professor Position in the Counseling Psychology PhD Program Seton Hall University South Orange, New Jersey US 01/07/2022
SETON HALL UNIVERSITYCOLLEGE OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SERVICES (CAEP accredited)DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND FAMILY THERAPYCOUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM (APA accredited)Assistant Professor/Associate Professor Position in the Counseling Psychology PhD ProgramWithin the Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy, all programs have a strong commitment to preparing competent, socially conscious, reflective professionals. Core faculty throughout ... More
Lecturer - Counseling Psychology PhD Program University of Houston Texas US 12/13/2021
The Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences offers an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology. The program has occasional openings for temporary, part-time lecturers. These appointments are made on a semester basis but may be renewed as needed. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or practice has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence and ongoing APA-accreditation. ... More
Lecturer Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania US 01/12/2022
Lecturer, Elizabethtown College Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program, jointly housed in the School of Sciences and School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Elizabethtown College, invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month, non tenure-track faculty position beginning in August 2022 and renewable annually. The newly developed Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Elizabethtown ... More
Staff Counselor/Psychologist - AOD Specialist Bucknell University Lewisburg, Pennsylvania US 01/21/2022
Staff Counselor/Psychologist - AOD SpecialistJob No: 496911Position Type: full-timeLocation: Lewisburg, PACategories: Student AffairsAs the campus' primary mental health and psychological wellness service for students, the Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC) is uniquely positioned to make meaningful ... More
Temporary Psychologist/Counselor, AOD Counselor, or Social Worker at the Center for Counseling and Human Development (unsolicited) Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, Pennsylvania US 12/13/2021
Requisition Number P00239 Department Counseling Center Faculty Working Title Temporary Psychologist/Counselor, AOD Counselor, or Social Worker at the Center for Counseling and Human Development (unsolicited) Classification Instructor - 24900 Nature of position Temporary, part-time Job Summary/Basic FunctionThe Center for Counseling and Human Development at Millersville University occasionally ... More
Psychology Associate (Therapist/Evaluator) Dr. Robert Pelc LITTLETON, Colorado US 01/14/2022
I am looking for a psychology associate to provide therapy to children and adults. Forensic services based on qualifications. Supervision/training provided as needed. Compensation based on services rendered. Experience and Colorado licensure required. Please send your CV to the email provided. More
Associate Director/Director of Clinical Services Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina US 01/25/2022
Associate Director/Director of Clinical Services Coastal Carolina University seeks candidates for the Associate Director/Director of Clinical Services in Counseling Services. The Associate Director/Director of Clinical Services is a full-time position reporting directly to the Director of Counseling Services. Duties will include, but are not limited to: provide psychological assessment, individual/couples/group counseling, ... More
Clinical Therapist Kentucky United Methodist Children's Homes Lexington, Kentucky US 01/14/2022
The Clinical Therapist provides assessment, evaluation, and clinical counseling services for children and adolescents with emotional/behavioral disorders in a residential behavioral health setting/independent living setting. Clinical Therapists provide supervision and care under the directives of an individualized comprehensive treatment plan/service plan in compliance with all applicable directives, including but not limited to all current and thereafter amended federal, state, and local ... More
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