career in psychology?
I'm doing BA in Psychology and want to pursue further studies in this field. I want proper guidance about the steps to become a counselor and a clinical psychologist. #psychology #clinical-psychology #counseling #child-psychology #relationshipexpert #psychologist
Great question. Happy to address the counseling aspect of your question. I am beginning a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the US in a few weeks. (Can't wait!)
For the US to become a counselor you need a Masters Degree. Its important it has the correct accreditation. https://www.cacrep.org/accreditation/. After completing the degree, I will then need to get supervised hours to earn my license.
I'm not familiar with the specific steps you'd need in India but based on my experience I'd recommend the following to get started:
1) Identify some potential career paths (what type of counseling you'd like to do, do you want to open a private practice? become a professor? etc)
2) Research the schools which will provide the right programs and any needed accreditation
3) Talk to graduate students from the schools you're interested in and ask questions about the program and their future career path
4) Talk to any counselors you know to get an idea of what their work days are like and the process they went through to become a counselor
I added a few resources to check through below. I'd recommend doing as much research as you can to discover the path that fits best with your career goals.
So you will need to determine if you have the drive/money to go to medical school. Or, would you be a better fit for doing more therapy with clients.