Is it possible to branch off into speech and hearing therapy from psychology?
I am considering studying psychology, but is it possible to branch off into forensic psychology or speech and hearing therapy, with a psychology degree and experience as a clinical psychologist?
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Dr. Ray’s Answer
Dear Thaaki, Things may work differently in South Africa, but in the U.S. speech and hearing therapists have a master's degree in that field. They may get an undergraduate degree in psychology but people with master's degrees in psychology would not be able to be licensed as speech therapists. Forensic psychology is a specialty area within psychology and there are master's and Ph.D. programs. In the US you would have to have at least a master's degree to work in this field, and I suspect the same is true in South Africa. I am guessing that there are not enough trained professionals in either field to meet the needs, and you would be helping many people whichever avenue you pursue. I wish you the best in your career pursuits! Ray Finn, Ph.D. Psychologist