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Psychology: Interview

 
 
zamoraq
 
Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 09:41 am
What is a typical day as a psychologist like? (preferably clinical Psychology)
What is the average salary?
What courses best equip you to be a psychology?
What are some suggested colleges to attned or to consider?
What qualities make a good psychologist?
What other things help in becoming a psychologist?
What would you suggest to someone thinking of becoming a psychologist?
What would you consider to be the qualities needed for a clinical psychologist?
Is being self-employed or an employee of a business better?
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 12:04 pm
@zamoraq,
You can get most of your answers from a college/university where they have Psychology degree programs. As for salaries, it probably depends on location where one lives and practices.
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solipsister
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 07:12 pm
@zamoraq,
logging on to A2K may be similar to a typical day in clinical psychology
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 07:57 pm
@solipsister,
Ok, that was funny..
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 08:34 pm
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=preparing+for+a+career+in+psychology&aq=f&oq=
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 30 Apr, 2009 01:17 am
@zamoraq,
zamoraq wrote:
What is a typical day as a psychologist like? (preferably clinical Psychology)


On average about 24 hours long. Typically there is a period of darkness during which they sleep. They have been known to feed several times during the time they don't sleep.

But did you have something more specific in mind? It's a pretty broad question. Here is a general job description from salary.com

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Evaluates patients for mental, emotional or behavioral disorders. Diagnoses disorders, including nature and extent, and determines the appropriate course of treatment for the patient. Uses talk therapy to treat patient illness or distress, cannot prescribe medication. Requires an advanced degree and a license to practice. May require at least 2-4 years of psychology experience. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. May report to a medical director. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.




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What is the average salary?


Where? Salary.com says most are between $70,000 and $90,000 a year but you can go there and look up more specific information.

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What courses best equip you to be a psychology?


Psychology courses.

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What are some suggested colleges to attned or to consider?


Anywhere in the world? Want to narrow it down a bit?

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What qualities make a good psychologist?


What Makes a Competent Psychologist? [PDF]
Robert A. Roe
European Psychologist [PsycARTICLES]; September 2002; 7, 3; PsycARTICLES
pg. 192

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What other things help in becoming a psychologist?


A degree and a job offer.

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What would you suggest to someone thinking of becoming a psychologist?


Ask more specific questions to avoid such general answers.

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What would you consider to be the qualities needed for a clinical psychologist?


See your question above.

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Is being self-employed or an employee of a business better?


It depends.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 30 Apr, 2009 07:23 am
@zamoraq,
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What courses best equip you to be a psychology?

To become a Clinical Psychologist, you will need a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. To obtain it, it is necessary to have an undergraduate degree (typically in Psychology), apply and be accepted into a graduate program (so you need decent grades), graduate school typically lasts 5-7 years, then dissertation and internship. After getting the Ph.D., there will also be licensing requirements which differ from state to state.

I performed a search on Google for "University of Texas majors" which sent me to this site: http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=2321&profileId=7

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Major: Psychology
Degree Type

This major often leads to the bachelor's degree.
Typical Major Courses

* Abnormal psychology
* Biological psychology
* Cognitive psychology
* Learning and memory
* Personality development
* Social psychology
* Statistics

If psychology interests you, you have something in common with the ancient Greek philosophers. They asked questions about the life of the mind: What is the relationship between mind and body? How can we tell if the world is really the way we think it is?

Today's psychologists study all sorts of fascinating questions, such as the following: Why is learning a language as an infant easier than as a teenager? What are the roots of violence? What is the best way to help someone with an eating disorder like anorexia?

Psychology majors study the way humans and animals act, feel, think, and learn.



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What are some suggested colleges to attned or to consider?

Different colleges and universities emphasize different aspects of training, so make sure you ask questions about whether they emphasize research, practitioners, testing, or a combination.

A psychologist who designs and executes research studies will need different skills from one who focuses primarily on therapeutic work. Researchers need more math, design, and detail skills. Therapists need more interpersonal and diagnostic skills.

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Is being self-employed or an employee of a business better?

This is a value judgment that you have to make for yourself.
sullyfish6
 
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Reply Thu 30 Apr, 2009 10:03 am
Aw heck, just be a bartender.

The money's probably better and you aren't on duty 24/7

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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 30 Apr, 2009 11:01 am
@DrewDad,
DrewDad, Your list includes "* Learning and memory" which brought a smile to me because there's a Kaiser Hospital close by our house with this sign: "Memory Clinic."


What if the patient forgets where the clinic is? LOL
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