What is Clinical Psychology? Scope and Career

What is Clinical Psychology?


Clinical Psychology is a branch of Psychology. The subject focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders.

The specialised discipline mainly deals with the psychoanalytic approaches or child and adolescent treatment modalities.

What is Clinical Psychology? Scope and Career

Eligibility Criteria to Study Clinical Psychology?

Clinical Psychology as a subject can be pursued at post graduate level for a duration of 2 years.

Candidates who have passed three years Bachelor Degree with Psychology as a subject are eligible to pursue the course.

Candidates who have completed M. A or M. Sc in the subject can pursue Ph. D and M. Phil.

Courses Offered:

Various universities and institutions across the country offer post graduate, Ph.D and M.Phil programme. Diploma and certificate courses are also offered at several institutes.

Scope and Career in Clinical Psychology:

Professionals in this field are called as clinical psychologists. Clinical psychologists work for medical organisations and they are not doctors.

Clinical psychologists provide psychotherapy, psychological testing, and diagnosis of mental illness. Psychologist are generally trained within four primary theoretical orientations, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and systems or family therapy.

The subject offer wide range of career opportunities. Clinical psychologists usually work in hospitals, academic institutions, counselling and rehabilitation centres. They can also establish private consultation firms.

Pay Scale

Professional psychologist can expect Rs 8,000/- to Rs 13,000/- in an government organisation while private sector offer Rs 40,000/-. The academic institutions and NGOs offer upto Rs 10,000/-.

While in U.K the wages for clinical psychologists range from £28,313 to £37,326 per year. Senior clinical psychologists can expect to earn between £36,112 and £43,335.

College offer Clinical Psychology Course

  • Amity University, Manesar
  • CMJ University, Shillong
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidalaya, Haridwar
  • Geetanjali Medical College and Hospital, Udaipur
  • Geetanjali University, Udaipur
  • Himalayan University, Itanagar
  • Jain Vishva Bharati University, Rajasthan
  • Kuvempu University, Shimoga
  • Mumbai Institute of Information Technology, Mumbai
  • Prajyoti Niketan College, Kerala
  • Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology and Sciences, Allahabad
  • Sri Ramachandra University, Tamil Nadu
  • St Agnes College, Mangalore
  • University of Calicut, Calicut, Kerala
  • Wadihuda Institute of Research and Advanced Studies, Kannur, Kerala
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