Clinical Psychology Overview: Quick Facts

Thinking of a career in clinical psychology? See if you and psychology are a good fit.

What You'll Do

  • Identify and diagnose psychological issues
  • Develop treatment plans
  • Implement treatment plans and therapeutic processes
  • Help clients define goals, plan action and gain insight
  • Teach classes
  • Conduct research

The study of psychology tells us much about human behavior. Understanding what makes people tick requires a passion for constant learning, and a desire to apply that knowledge to help others in a clinical setting. If improving the health, well-being and quality of life of others is important to you, clinical psychology may be the right career path. If you've thought of becoming a clinical psychologist, learn which personal and professional traits you'll need to succeed in this career.

You are... You should have...
Analytical Strong verbal and communication skills
A people person Good writing skills
Empathic Goal-setting skills
A problem-solver Good ethical standards
Adaptable Good boundaries
Intuitive Ability to focus
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