whats the difference between clinical and counselling psychology?

Question by suzanne s: whats the difference between clinical and counselling psychology?
…also, whats the difference between a Ba and Bsc in psychology?…i know there isnt that much of a diffrence apart from the Bsc is more ‘sciency’…For my A levels i’ve done English, Media and Philosophy & Ethics, so would it be a wise idea to go for a Bsc? or would it be completely impossible to grasp it?…id like to pursue a career in clinical psychology so even IF i do a BA, would it be ok?

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Answer by Sarah B
I used to know this! If you dont’ get any answers, email me and I will look it up for you in my text book from last symester.

I don’t know the BA and BSC, the last one probably has more sciences.

If you want a career in pyschology there are many routes and a BA is not enough. You can take your BA and than you need to specialize in an area. When you are ready, you become a registered psychologist by writing the exam and doing certain critera, your schooling only qualifies you to take the registered psychologist exams.

I would not recommend it for a career personally. It is up to you, but often you get very low paying jobs. You can work for the government or in a prison or do contract work. But most other jobs pay very little. I am taking my psychology and than going to take nursing.

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3 Comments so far »

  1. Mojo said,

    Wrote on December 1, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    one i think is a medicine approach (clinical) and the other is a more counselling approach.(psychological)

    ba is bachelor of arts degree and the other is a bacelor of science :)

  2. Andrew M said,

    Wrote on December 1, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    Put in simple terms. Clinical Psychology is treating mental illness using pills and Counselling psychology is treating mental problems using counselling session’s. It all depends on the seriousness of the problem.

  3. Thom said,

    Wrote on December 1, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    In the UK there will rarely be any important difference between BA and BSc Psychology degrees in terms of career options. The key issue is whether it provides the graduate basis for registration (GBR) for the British Psychological Society.

    My own degree was a BA and was identical to the BSc also offered by my University except that in the first year I chose subsidiary subjects from the Arts faculty rather than Science or Social Science. Oxford’s very science-oriented Experimental Psychology degree is a BA (and BPS recognized).

    For a career in Clinical Psychology in the UK you need a good first degree with GBR and probably relevant work experience (typically voluntary work during a degree and an Assistant Psychologist position after graduation) to get a DClin training place.

    Counselling Psychology requires professional qualification (GBR plus further training and experience) but you can also become a psychotherapist via other routes.

    Clinical Psychology is a broader career than counselling that can involve counselling but might involve assessment of brain injury, rehabilitation work and so forth.

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