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What training/education was required to become a psychologist, and what do you do as a psychologist?


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Erika’s Answer

Hey there! I started with a B.A. in psychology, then attended a graduate program where I received a non-terminal M.A., and then ultimately a Ph.D. In addition to coursework, I participated in clinical and research practicums where I learned how to do therapy, assessment, and research. Once I was done with my coursework, I did a full-time internship (1500 hours of working with children/adults doing therapy and assessment) and received my Ph.D. Following my Ph.D., I did something called a post-doctoral fellow, where I did another 1500 hours of therapy and assessment. Once I had my 1500 predoc/1500 postdoc house, I took a pretty intense test called the EPPP. Once I passed that one, I took another exam about my state's laws/ethics. I really enjoy my job as a psychologist. During the day, I do diagnostic assessment in areas of developmental disability and learning disorder. In the afternoon, I see kids and young adults for therapy. I mostly work with autistic people and the LGBTQIA+ population and find it to be very rewarding. As a psychologist, I do a LOT of writing, but that is because I do assessment. I know a lot of psychologists who never do assessment and typically work doing therapy.
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Annette’s Answer

The field of psychology is broad and psychologists work in a variety of settings. Technically, psychologists have Ph.D.s in the field and can work as counselors in schools, community agencies, and in private practice with individuals and groups. They can also work as a clinical psychologists doing research. Another path is a MA in Social Work and with a state license can practice in most of the same areas and capacities as Ph.D.s.
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