The Relationship Between Counseling And Clinical Psychology Essay

1064 Words Mar 21st, 2016 null Page
Reflecting on the materials covered thus far in this course, I have learned and gained tremendous insight of the field of counseling psychology. One of my favorite aspects of the course was learning about the history of counseling psychology, specifically the difference between counseling and clinical psychology.
Prior to the course, I was not very cognizant of the difference between the two fields. I assumed the main difference between counseling and clinical psychology was clinical psychology focuses more on diagnosing and treating patients with mental illness and disorders. While counseling psychology concentrates primarily on therapy and counseling individuals. Although this is correct to some extent, I have become more knowledgeable on the difference between the two professions. For instance, counseling psychology is centered on comprehending sociocultural components that effect mental and clinical work (Iwamoto, 2016). In comparison, clinical takes a more universal approach. Although both professions perform similar work, clinical psychology focuses more on severe psychopathology or addiction and counseling psychology mainly treat individuals from the general population. It was fascinating to learn about the difference between clinical and counseling psychology because it relates to my future career goals. After graduating, I plan to complete a Ph.D. program in Clinical psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology. I hope to become a proficient Clinical…

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