Clinical psychology is involved with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. Professionals in this field often work in medical settings, however, clinical psychologists are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medications in most cases. Clinical Psychology also embraces child mental health, learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, geriatrics and overall health psychology.
Clinical Psychologist is often associated with hospitals, have their own private practice or is involved in academics. They are trained in a wide range of technical and theoretical approaches to the problem that they deal with. Some clinical psychologists are also trained in treating psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia and depression. Clinical Psychologist is people who try to unravel the mysteries of the mind and offer a healing touch.
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Educational Requirement in becoming a Clinical Psychologist
The basic qualifications required for becoming a Clinical Psychologist can be either a traditional Ph.D. in Psychology or PsyD or Doctor of Psychology, which is an applied clinical doctorate degree that is one of the highest-level degrees available in the field of psychology. Various other courses are offered by institutes and universities across the countries like an M.Phil program and a Certificate course in Clinical Psychology.
Places to study in Clinical Psychology in India
The CIP( Central Institute of Psychiatry) in Ranchi offers a two-year M.Phil program in Clinical Psychology. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore and The Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) in New Delhi are few of the prestigious places to study Clinical Psychology in India. All Universities in India also offers master’s degree and a Ph.D. degree in Psychology.
The benefits of pursuing Clinical Psychology
Some of the benefits of having a career in Clinical Psychology is:
• Helping people overcome their troubles
• Psychologist needs to be creative as problems differ from patient to patient
• A noble profession where overall well- being of an individual in enhanced
• It creates opportunities for self-employment
• Although demanding in nature but it does create a sense of achievement to cure a patient.
The salaries of a Clinical Psychologist vary according to the place of his employment.Private practitioners can earn handsomely based on their market reputation and goodwill.
The work of a Clinical Psychologist is however very demanding and stressful at times.They should have the basic qualities like empathy to understand the problems and address the troubles accordingly.
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