Psychology Fields

Psychology Fields

Psychologys Many Fields PhD Specializations PhD Psychologists Counseling Clinical 16 14 6 Educational School Indust/Organ 12 37

6 Developmental Research/Biopsych 5 Social/Personality Other 1997 data PhD areas PhD workplaces Universities Schools 1 7

34 Private Companies 11 Non-Profit Organizations 10 22 6 Government Self employed 1997 data

PhD Workplaces Three primary areas Psychologists interests often overlap. Clinical Research Applied Clinical Settings

1st Qtr Clinical Psychology 4-5 years beyond BA PhD with research Clinical internship Licensed by state Hospital, clinic or private practice Psychologist 3rd Qtr

Psychiatry Started with Freud Medical degree MD 4 yrs Residency 4 yrs Prescribe drugs Diagnosis and treatment Little time to do therapy Psychiatrists need help

Too busy and expensive to be therapists Employ MSWs 2-3 yrs beyond BA Clinical social workers Case management Clincial Psych vs Psychiatry

PhD or Psy D in Psychology Talk therapy Most cannot prescribe drugs Non-Freudians MD with psychiatric

residency Drug therapy Can write prescriptions Only 1 out of 5 Freudian Counseling Psychology MA or PhD Adjustment problems Fewer clinical skills Marriage and Family,

School, Rehabiliation Schools of Education as at CCSU Research Specializations Science of Psychology May be clinicians More interested in testing theories Developing new ideas Many different interests Chapters in Intro Psych book

Biopsychology (PSY 450) Biological Basis of Behavior Brain injury and recovery Parkinsons disease Schizophrenia Neuropsychology Developmental (PSY 236)

Life-span development Early childhood Adolescence Adulthood Aging Death and Dying Geropsychology Social Psychology (PSY 372)

Group influences on behavior Social bonds Prejudice and violence Obedience to authority Bystander intervention Cults, hate groups Cooperation and kinship Experimental Psychology

Broad term includes faculty interested in Learning and Memory (PSY 200) Cognitive (PSY 281) Motivation (PSY 440) Applied Specializations School, Work and Community School Psychologist

MA or PhD Help teachers promote learning and social development Tests and interviews Develop individual plans PPT (Parent, pupil, teacher) Guidance Counselor

MA (CCSU) Schools of Education Dont need to have been teacher Activities vary Some counseling Some career/college work Some administration PPTs (parents and teachers) Community Psychology

MA (CCSU) or Phd Help communities solve problems Prevention of crime and illness Organizing, mobilizing Determine needs Locate resources Industrial/Organizational IO (PSY 234) MA or PhD Workplace

Personnel Consumer Relations Human factors Emerging Areas Health Psychology (PSY 241) promotion of wellness prevention of disease stress reduction Forensic Psychology legal issues jury selection eyewitness testimony victim advocacy

Do I need an advanced degree? Yes, If you want to be a counselor, clinician, teacher, or researcher Masters degree sufficient in many cases Lots of interesting careers in human services with just a BA Here are some workplaces for BA grads Post-graduation plans Other

grad sch Psy grad sch Work Go to work or go to grad school? Post-graduation paths for BA psych majors from 4 yr institutions. Based on 1998 APA survey.

BA Career Paths Health Professionals Sales Administrative support / Clerical % Series1 Educators Business / Managers Social Services / Public Affairs 0 5 10 15 20

25 What employers want from psychology majors Listening skills Ability to work in teams Getting along with others Interpersonal relationship skills

Focus on customers or clients Desire and ability to learn Willingness to gain new, impt skills Adaptability to changing situations Ability to suggest

solutions Problem-solving skills

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