Zachary J. Johanson
November 4th 2013
Using clinical methods when studying ones mental process or personality is among the most popular subfields in psychology. Clinical psychology consists of an experienced, well educated individual using his/her own knowledge to asses or alleviate the troubles and issues found in another person's life. Specifically, “Clinical Psychology focuses on the intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of human functioning across the life span, in varying cultures, and at all socioeconomic levels (APA Division 12).” It is evident that this particular study has a board range of information; this paper will focus on the history and current practice of clinical psychology, as well as interpreting my personal views of the subject including depression and addiction.
Clinical Psychologists are trained to assist or prevent minor problems with ones mental disorders and to determine their sanity and stability outside an institution. Any clinical psychologist is trained to work with ages of all developmental groups; infants, children, teens, adults, and seniors. However, a clinical psychologist may work with multiple groups of individuals at once. When one discusses the opportunities psychology can offer someone they're most likely referencing a clinical study. “Clinical psychology is integrated with theory, science, and practice to understand, predict, and remove maladjustment, discomfort, and also to promote humans to adapt, adjust, and improve personal development (American Psychological Association, Division 12, 2009).” It's a broad study but continues to cover the most relevant and popular mental disorders found in today's society.
The thing about obtaining a degree in clinical psychology is there's just an abundance of ways to do so. It is challenging trying to sum up all of the opportunities a clinical psychologist can pursue while heading towards a degree....