Starting a New Profession in Counseling Psychology
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in the area of Psychology is expected to grow at a rate “much faster than average.” While the average growth rate for all jobs is 7%, Psychology may see growth nearing 19% according the department’s 10-year outlook. This potential for growth, and the need to fill open positions, may motivate individuals already interested in social services to pursue higher education in areas including Counseling Psychology.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
at four of its locations: Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. A
Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology
is offered at the school’s campuses in: Hawaii, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Sarasota, Washington DC, and online.
Gain a Solid Educational Foundation
How long it will take to start a new profession in counseling psychology depends on the individual—and the level of education you want to complete. Those with experience in the field, who also have an undergraduate degree, can complete a Master’s degree program in about two years. In Argosy University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, students learn the skills that integrate individual, family, and group theoretical foundations of professional counseling into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills.
The Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology program prepares counselors and master’s level clinicians with the skills and credentials necessary to pursue leadership, supervision, training, and teaching positions in the profession.
Students in both the Master’s and terminal degree programs develop the attitude, knowledge, and skills that ensure they’re committed to the ethical provision of quality services.
Make a Difference Through Compassionate Care
A role as a Counseling Psychologist provides the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, or groups.
Karen M. Wall, who in 2015 earned a Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area, uses her psychology background in her position as a dementia care coordinator at the Veterans’ Administration, Menlo Park Division, in Palo Alto, California.
She began her education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Biology. She also earned a Master of Arts in Secondary Science Education. A military veteran, Wall completed her Doctor of Education while working full time in nursing. “[My education] enhanced my skills in what I had already been doing [as a profession].”
She adds that her program’s low teacher to student ratio was “perfect for her needs.”
Making the transition to a career in Counseling Psychology can be challenging—and requires commitment. But for those who want to make an impact in the lives of others, the journey is worth it. Whether you are working toward a Master’s degree or terminal degree, the path to a career in Counseling Psychology includes a solid educational background that provides the foundation for compassionate, ethical client care.
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