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Difference between clinical/ counseling psychology and clinical social work? Aside from education, what's the difference between the fields?

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Dr. Timothy Re
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Some Difference

Each Of These Fields Have Different Theoretical Basis, Different Training Models And Different Education Requirements.
Each Also Have Traditions That Slightly Differentiate. However There Is Overlap That Makes Actual Practice Less About These Things But More About Individual Models Of practice

In brief: Some Difference

Each Of These Fields Have Different Theoretical Basis, Different Training Models And Different Education Requirements.
Each Also Have Traditions That Slightly Differentiate. However There Is Overlap That Makes Actual Practice Less About These Things But More About Individual Models Of practice
Dr. Timothy Re
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Severity of symptoms

Traditionally, clinical psychologists focused more on patients with severe symptoms in mental health hospitals, and counseling psychologists 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.

In brief: Severity of symptoms

Traditionally, clinical psychologists focused more on patients with severe symptoms in mental health hospitals, and counseling psychologists 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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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