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What's what's the difference between social work psychology and counseling?

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Dr. Bernard Seif answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Often works w/the social support systems to help people w/housing, finance, health care, etc. They may work in hospitals to connect patients w/services they need upon leaving hospital. Some social workers w/advanced training do counseling. Psychologists have a doctorate and diagnose and treat mental illness or developmental issues. They also work in hospitals and business.

Answered Jul 1, 2015


Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Traditionally, clinical psychologists focused more on patients with severe symptoms in mental health hospitals, and counseling psychologists/msws focused on patients with less pathology with higher levels of functioning. Counseling psychologists also traditionally focused on a patient's strengths and de-emphasized weaknesses. Counseling psychologists also have strong roots in career counseling.

Answered Feb 24, 2015



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