Information for Students
What is a "Professional Psychologist"?
Professional Psychologists have doctoral degrees (Psy.D., Ph.D., or Ed.D.)
in psychology. The degree is usually in the area of clinical, counseling,
or school psychology. Traditionally, Professional Psychologists have provided
personality and intelligence testing, diagnostic services, individual, family,
marital, and group therapy, and other forms of treatment. Psychologists can
also be helpful in personal actualization - helping people to reach their
Thus, such areas as executive coaching and sports psychology are focused
on the further enhancement of already well-developed skills. This is a major
emphasis of the "positive" psychology movement. Psychologists' roles also
include consultation, management, supervision, and education. Psychologists
in many states are working to attain prescription privileges. Professional
Psychologists are typically licensed to provide the above services in one
or more states.
Psychological training and practice differ from those
of other fields and professions in their empirical and scholarly foundations.
the American Psychological Association, psychology is the study of the mind
and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience
- from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development
to care for the aged. Psychology is applicable to every conceivable setting
from scientific research centers to mental health care services. "The understanding
of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists.
What is the difference between the Ph.D. and Psy.D. degrees?
Both Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs have been offering a greater variety of types
of training, conceptual frameworks, and emphases over time. As e result,
this question requires an
increasingly complex answer. The links below lead to several different explanations
of the two degrees' similarities and differences.
is the Psy.D. Degree?
the PsyD: The Facts.
by John C. Norcross and Patricia H. Castle - University of Scranton (2002)
Eye on Psi Chi, 7 (1), 22-26.
Psy.D. according to Wikipedia.
There is also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PsyD,
which is a work in progress, as is true of all entries in this source.
Schools and Programs of Professional
schools and programs provide the kinds of educational and
practical experiences required for the practice of professional
psychology. There are programs in clinical, counseling,
school, and other areas of professional psychology. Students
are trained to provide personality and intelligence testing,
diagnostic services, individual, family, marital, and group
therapy, and other forms of treatment. These institutions
may also provide coursework in such areas as executive coaching,
sports psychology, forensic psychology, and psychopharmacology.
They may provide preparation for involvement in consultation,
management, supervision, and education. Each link connects
you with the university or program page. Click
here for a list of Schools and Programs in Professional
Psychology. Click here for
a list of Schools and Programs of Professional
Psychology organized by region.
Financial Aid Resources
These links to APA's Student Financial Aid Pages (click
here) and Peterson's Web Site (click
here) lead to information about how to finance your advanced degree,
including through loans, grants, employment on campus, and off-campus jobs.
Psychology Education Program - click here for more information.
Fellowship Program - Click here for more information.
Internship Information Web Sites
Click here for
the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC) link
or click here for the
APA internship link to learn more about internships for students in doctoral
Look for a post-doctoral position or a job
here to browse through the NCSPP Classified Ads.
here to see APA Classified Ads. Jobs and post-doctoral positions are listed
by state. Within
followed by post-doctoral positions.
This link to the web site run by the Association
for State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) can be very helpful. Click
here for the ASPPB site.
Preparing for your career as a Psychologist
here to print or read an article about how to prepare for your career
in psychology. This link also leads to the Psi Chi National Honor Society web
here for a printable PDF file of the abstract for "Expectation
and Actuality in Clinical Psychology Practica: Students' Perspective" by
Steven M. Gross of Antioch New England Graduate School.
Delegates to NCSPP Conferences
forms pertain to student representive to NCSPP. Click
on name of form to access it.
Cycle - Schools
take turns sending student delegates. This schedule shows which
school are eligible for student NCSPP conference funding.
Application and timeline for
sending student delegates - This form must be
completed and submitted.
by past student delegates
professional organizations is a good way to become familiar with
the field and profession, as well as meet future colleagues.There are many
major psychological organizations that have student memberships. Click
here to read descriptions
of these organizations.
American Psychological Association
here to view information that APA has compiled for students.