Mental health psychologists work with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat mental and emotional disorders and to promote good mental health. They are trained to treat issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, and grief. They can also help with career and educational concerns, mental and emotional health issues, and relationship problems. Mental health psychologists typically work closely with other mental health specialists. Job settings typically include private practices, healthcare facilities, community centers, businesses, and homes.
To become a mental health psychologist, requirements vary significantly by state. Successful students typically complete the following steps:
Professionals in the field may also consider becoming a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). They offer membership at multiple levels, including student membership. Other benefits of joining the AMHCA include continuing education options, access to an annual conference, networking opportunities, a quarterly journal, and more.
This degree gives you the opportunity to study mental illness and what influences it, and to provide perspective and counseling to sufferers of emotional disorders. A mental health psychologist is typically responsible for the following job duties:
Annual salary varies within the profession based on specific type of job, location, and experience. For more on your earning potential as a mental health psychologist, please visit our salary outlook for counselors page.
The following degrees are closely related to a master’s degree program in mental health psychology, often allowing you to pursue a career in this field or others:
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