Clinical Psychology

About The Job

Clinical psychology is a broad branch of psychology that focuses on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Some of the more common disorders that might be treated include learning disabilities, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Through observation, interview, and psychological test to formulate and administer programs of treatment


It is Also Called

  • Treatment Coordinator
  • Team Psychologist
  • Staff Psychologist PTSD Clinical Team Coordinator
  • Staff Psychologist
  • Sex Offender Treatment Professional
  • Psychologist, Private Practice
  • Psychologist
  • Pediatric Psychologist
  • Out-Patient Therapist
  • Mental Health Unit Lead Psychologist
  • Licensed Psychologist Manager
  • Licensed Psychologist Director
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Experimental Psychologist
  • Eating Disorder Specialist
  • Developmental Psychologist
  • Criminal Psychologist
  • Criminal Profiler
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist-Licensed
  • Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Director
  • Child Psychologist
  • Child and Adolescent Therapist
  • Chief, Psychology
  • Chief Psychologist/Director of Counseling and Self-Development
  • Chief Psychologist
  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Behavioral Psychologist
  • Behavioral Analyst
  • Behavior Therapist
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Behavior Analyst

Preparation required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master’s degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).


In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $90,210 with most people making between $45,590 and $126,790. (2.14% annual average growth)


During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 27,100 people in California. It is projected that there will be 32,900 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 580 openings due to growth and about 580 replacement openings for approximately 1,160 total annual openings.


Industries that employ this occupation

  • Elementary/Secondary Schools
  • Offices of other health Practitioners
  • Individual and Family Services
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Colleges/Universities and Professional Schools


Similar Occupations

Counseling Psychologists

Assess and evaluate individuals’ problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ISA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social and Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Psychology – Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling – Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government – Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness – Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing – Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education & Training

Clinical Psychology

A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of clinical psychology, involving the analysis, diagnosis, and clinical treatment of psychological disorders and behavioral pathologies. Includes instruction in clinical assessment and diagnosis, personality appraisal, psychopathology, clinical psychopharmacology, behavior modification, therapeutic intervention skills, patient interviewing, personalized and group therapy, child and adolescent therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, supervised clinical practice, ethical standards, and applicable regulations.

Clinical Child Psychology

A program that focuses on the developmental processes of children and associated disorders and that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of clinical child psychology. Includes instruction in developmental neuropsychology, child psychopathology, testing of children and adolescents, pediatric psychology, psychosocial variables in child development, clinical skills, family therapy, behavioral assessment and intervention, clinical skills, consultation, professional standards and ethics, and applications to topics such as infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

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