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How do I become a child phycologist? i love being around kids and making them feel loved and they can probably care for themselves, i grew up with a drinking mother so i understand how it feels

How do I become a child phycologist? i love being around kids and making them feel loved and they can probably care for themselves, i grew up with a drinking mother so i understand how it feels.

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Brianna’s Answer

Hi, Grace,

Becoming a child psychologist requires:
- graduate high school
- graduate a 4-year college with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject. This can be psychology, developmental psychology, sociology, education, cognitive science, neurology, etc.
- depending on the college you apply to for graduate school, you may need to take and get a solid score on the GRE.
- go to an APA accredited graduate school for at least a Master's degree (2-3 years) or a PhD or PhysD (4+ years). This can be in clinical psychology or clinical social work if you plan on being a therapist.
- complete clinical internships/rotations during your graduate training
- apply for state liscensure to practice

You can also look here for more specific info on the different kinds of psychologists and degrees that are available: https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/how-to-become/psychologist/
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