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how do you become a psychologist?

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Bobbi’s Answer

Hello Curtis,

After you complete your bachelor's degree you will apply to graduate programs to earn your Psy.D ( doctor's in psychology). Schools look for students with experience in research so during undergraduate it is important to find research opportunities.
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Melanie’s Answer

Curtis,

After you complete a bachelor's degree you will have to attend graduate school. If you want to have the title of Psychologist, then you will need to obtain a doctorate degree. If you want to be a therapist, you can work with just a master's degree. There are two types of doctoral graduate programs in psychology: Ph.D. and Psy.D.

A Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology) program's focus is primarily on research, takes between 5-7 years to complete, and requires the completion of a dissertation (independent research project). A Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) program's focus is primarily on working with patients/clients, takes between 5-6 years to complete, and may or may not require the completion of a dissertation depending on the specific program. Consequently, one of the things you need to decide is if you want to a be a psychologist who treats patients/clients or a psychologist who conducts research. Furthermore, there are a plethora of subdivisions within psychology (e.g., clinical, developmental, social, forensic, neuro, industrial/organizational, school, etc.) and each have their own specialized programs. You will have also have to complete a pre-doctoral internship, which is a year long job placement as the final requirement for your doctoral degree.

Lastly, psychologists who treat patients/clients must obtain a state issued license to do so. In order to obtain a license, the psychologist must complete a 1 to 2 year(s) long post-doctoral fellowship or residency and take a 4-hour long national licensing exam called the EPPP. Research psychologists do not need a license to work.

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