If you are planning to go to graduate school, it might pay to start considering which psychology program you want to pursue now. Having some idea of what subfield and degree you are interested in can help you choose relevant courses that will help in the future. Which psychology program is best? Because psychology is such a diverse field, you'll need to consider your own interests and talents before you choose a psychology graduate program. Before You Choose a Psychology Grad Program | Recommended Undergraduate Courses
The bias toward Psychology here is disturbing, as many of us have devoted our lives to psychotherapy and everything a psychologist does other than psychological testing.
I am certain my training as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker has led me to be a better clinican than I?d have been had I continued as a graduate student in Psychology. I work as an equal with psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as many Marriage, Family and Child Therapists.
People should consider ALL of their options and consider how much hands-on training they will receive.
Thanks for your comment, Andrew. I agree absolutely that psychology is only one of many possible career paths for students pursuing a career in mental health. Students interested in mental health professions should always consider which area of study is best suited to their own unique interests and goals. The article isn?t intended to suggest that psychology graduate study is better than other programs such as social work, counseling, or psychotherapy. Rather, it is geared toward students who have already decided to pursue psychology at the graduate level.
Given that this is the About Psychology site, there is naturally going to be a significant amount of information on psychology as a field, science, and academic topic. However, I do plan to profile other career options and professional areas including clinical social work, marriage and family counseling, psychiatry, and psychiatric nursing. Always feel free to if there is a topic you are interested in reading more about.