Career Paths : Counseling Psychology And Social Psychology Essay

720 Words Apr 1st, 2016 3 Pages
Utilizing the book Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World I found myself attracted to two career paths – Counseling and Counseling Psychology and Social and Consumer Psychology. For the purpose of this paper I will look at these separately.

Clinical and Counseling Psychology: These positions use a range of the many aspects of psychology to create a successful way to help those who are facing psychological problems. As a mental health practitioner they should be able to assess, diagnose, and provide treatment. With a background in the foundations of psychology these individuals would be able to “study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing and recording how people relate to one another and their environments” (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm).

While many of these positions are in research my interest is more as a Counselor. As a counselor I would work with individuals who are facing difficulties and provide the support and guidance that will allow them to be more successful in their life. I am particularly interested in working with students.

To be effective I would need to be knowledgeable of the various theories and approaches so that I could personalize my treatment plan to best meet the needs of the client. I would also need to be knowledgeable about pharmaceuticals and how they can assist if necessary. This knowledge is to help me assess in a holistic way the clients…

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