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Counseling Psychology - Psychology Definition of the Week

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideApril 23, 2010

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Definition: Counseling psychology focuses on providing therapeutic treatments to clients experiencing a wide variety of symptoms. It is also one of the largest specialty areas within psychology.

The Society of Counseling Psychology describes the field as " ...a psychological specialty [that] facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns." Learn more about counseling psychology.

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April 24, 2010 at 1:45 am
(1) Barry Tarter [EXACT Sports] :


The information you provide here is fantastic. I get many of these questions from people and it is great being able to refer them to leverage the expertise you?ve shared here online.

Not sure if you are interested, but I manage a LinkedIn group for individuals that are involved in Sports Psychology, called ?Mental Performance in Sports?. You would be a welcome addition to the group which includes many colleagues of ours in the field.

Thanks again and I look forward to future articles.


April 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm
(2) Gilbert Huerta :


I recently shifted gears from a B.A. in Philosophy to a B.S. in Psychology after 5 years of priming for a different career track. Originally, I intended to enroll in law school to study family law, but after too many discouraging tales from friends who are struggling through law school, I decided against it. I realized that being more intimately involved in peoples? lives is one of my strengths?also discussion, empathy, analytical thinking.

Psychology (clinical) was recommended by a professor, but after reading many of the black-rose-bielefeld.de posts concerning major tracks, it would seem I have a road of coursework ahead of me! I enjoyed the entry about both clinical work and forensic psychology?the latter, especially, as it concerns itself with the ?law? and the individual, my first passion.

One thing I have been unable to track down is a comprehensive list of coursework, reading lists, or even language training recommended for each sub-field. What resources would you recommend turning to? I would research graduate schools, but I?m afraid their curricula will be tailored to students seeking to enter into an academic field (without being explicit!).

What is your experience with students who have considered medical school in the future? Is it WORTH the time commitment and the money involved, say, if I were to proceed with clinical psychology? I?d like to do work in therapy, primarily with a focus on people suffering from severe depression or trauma.

On the flip side (again with the forensics), I?d like to work in anti-death penalty advocacy and offer services to be able to profile and testify on behalf of defense council for criminals with perceived diminished capacities.

Returning to my question on Medical School: What is the benefit to getting an M.D.? Is it just the difference between being able to prescribe medication versus referring patients to medical practitioners? Would applying to medical school increase my clinical-research opportunities?

I know this comment/question packs quite a bit of content! Please e-mail me if you have some recommendations.

If nothing more: thanks for providing this wealth of information! I must have been browsing your blog for the past hour.


Gilbert H.

April 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(3) Dr.A.Selvaraj :

Dear kendra,
I am a great fan of you for the kind of learning you made us understand the subject Psychology which is dearer to the daily life of human living. The psychology is a vibrant field which deals with human life.

December 8, 2010 at 1:51 am
(4) feyya :

Dear kendra,
I am grade to read your paper.I am a student from psychology department in China. The definition of counseling psychology is important for me .While,I didn?t know the difference between consulting and counseling .what?s more,could you tell me the difference of Society of Consulting Psychology and Society of Counseling Psychology?
Best wishes,

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