Train the mind
Clinical and counseling psychology happens to be the largest area studied by psychology students. Clinical and counseling psychologists deal with the prevention, causes, diagnosis and treatment of individuals with psychological problems. While clinical psychologists treat phobias, manias and schizophrenia, counseling psychologists deal with people suffering from stress-related issues arising due to career, marriage, studies etc.
Clinical and counseling psychology is a specialized course, which can be pursued only after completion of post-graduation in psychology. One should have obtained at least 55 per cent in M.A. / M. Sc. (Psychology) to pursue M. Phil Degree in Clinical Psychology. M. Phil is a two-year programme. Some areas of specialization in clinical psychology are: health psychology, sports psychology, neuropsychology and geropsychology.
Aspirants wishing to pursue a career in clinical and counseling psychology must be compassionate, have good communication skills, ability to solve problems, intuition and counseling skills.
As this profession involves dealing with people exhibiting abnormal behavior it is essential that practitioners must have immense patience. Moreover, several short-term diploma and certificate courses in clinical and counseling psychology are offered by various institutions across the country.
Some of the premier institutes that offer M. Phil programmes in Clinical Psychology are:
- Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP), Kanke, Ranchi – 834006
- National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Hosur Road, Bangalore – 560029
- Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), New Delhi
Career and jobs:
Apart from individual practice, clinical and counseling psychologists can find employment in educational institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health institutions, industries, companies, NGOs, etc.