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What can one do in clinical psychology with phd vs masters?

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Dr. Christopher Michael answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

More: ...But if you just want to do counseling / therapy, you don't need a pH.D. Or psy.D. And i would advise you to get a master's. Doctorate helps with being qualified to do testing independently and to write complex evaluations. Maybe also with executive / leadership / academic positions.

Answered 8/22/2017

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Dr. Howard Paul answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Get the Ph.D.: You don't need a pH.D. To do some counselling, however, therapists need the extra training that a pH.D. Affords. We need more highly qualified therapists who are training in providing empirically supported treatments.

Answered 6/15/2015

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Dr. Richard Levenson answered

Specializes in Anxiety Disorders

PhD vs. Masters: Make no mistake about it, clinical psychology is a doctoral-level profession. In most states one cannot practice independently or work for an institution without a doctorate and a license to practice.

Answered 5/14/2016

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Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Reimbursement: The amount of money you'll make is the short answer. If you aren't interested in making a great deal of money, earning a masters level credential will suffice, but your training will not be as in-depth to deal with cases of severe pathology. With a doctorate you'll be able to do more, generally speaking. And, as a colleague and friend once told me, the "P" in PhD really does mean "power."

Answered 5/1/2015

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Dr. Jerry Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Depends: Depending on the laws of the particular state, a master's level clinician may be able to practice independently in a limited capacity or may be required to practice under the supervision of a licensed doctoral-level psychologist. Some psychological testing can only be administered by doctoral-level psychologists or those with specialized training typically only obtained in a doctoral program.

Answered 11/28/2017

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