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BSc Clinical Psychology


1)    What is BSc Clinical Psychology?

        BSc Clinical Psychology focuses on the human mind and behavior. The study involves assessment, diagnosis, treatment options, and prevention of mental issues and diseases. They don't prescribe medications to treat mental illness. Instead, they use psychological techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychoanalytic therapy.

2)    What is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a psychologist?

         Clinical psychologists are trained in various techniques that enable them to work in schools, hospitals, clinics, counseling                         centers,    and community centers. They provide psychotherapy and clinical psychological testing. General psychologists focus               on mentally healthier people, while clinical psychologists focus on patients with severe mental health disorders and diseases.

3)    What is the similarity between a clinical psychologist and a psychologist?

          Clinical psychologists and general psychologists work with people having behavioral and mental health disorders. They both                   assess, diagnose and counsel patients and their family members.

4)    Is a clinical psychologist considered a doctor?

       A Clinical Psychologist is a Doctor in the sense that he holds a Doctorate degree in Psychology(Psy. D.) or a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph. D).PhDs are scientists and practitioners. They are clinical and scientific Doctors who use evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments with their patients.

5)    What are the differences between a Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor?

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor differ in terms of their educational qualification, specialties, years or level of education, training, and experience. They sometimes work together or refer the patient to another professional if it is outside their scope of practice. A Clinical Psychologist is a Doctor in the sense that he holds a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy. D.) or a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph. D.). They provide psychotherapy and clinical psychological testing. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) specialized in psychiatry and authorized to prescribe medications for mental health patients. Clinical Social Worker is not a doctor but holds a master's degree. They assess, diagnose, intervene and treat patients, families, and groups with psychosocial issues. Mental Health Counselor is also not a doctor but holds a master's degree in counseling. They provide counseling to individuals, families, and groups.

6)    Is clinical psychology a promising career?

Clinical psychology is a career with good pay. In India, on average, a clinical psychologist earns Rs.30,000/- monthly. In the USA, they earn around $100,00 yearly. They can ask from Rs.500 to Rs 3000/- per session depending on their experience and qualification.

7)    How many years do you have to invest in becoming a clinical psychologist?

     To become a clinical psychologist, first, you need to do an undergraduate degree in clinical psychology, then a master's and a doctorate in clinical psychology. For clinical psychologists, specialty students usually spend around 8 to 12 years in advanced education.