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

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Dr. Christopher Michael
Clinical Psychology
10 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

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...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.
Dr. Christopher Michael
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Dr. Howard Paul
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Howard Paul
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Dr. Robert Stewart
The implication that masters level therapists are not adequately trained in "empirically supported treatments" is simple not true. I have known very competent and very incompetent professionals at all levels -- masters to PhD and MD. A higher degree is no guarantee of competence.
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jerry Smith
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Robert Stewart
A "Clinical Psychologist" may be a doctoral-level profession in most states, but masters-level therapists (Lic Prof Counselor), Lic Marriage & Fam Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), etc. practice independently in most states.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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."

In brief: 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."
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