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Community/Clinical Psychology

What is Community/Clinical Psychology?

Community/Clinical Psychology is an ideal field for students who wish to pursue graduate studies and future licensure as counselors or psychologists. In addition to treating mental and behavioral health issues, licensed counselors and psychologists work on teams to develop or administer prevention or wellness programs. Admission to graduate programs is selective. At Walsh, we take extra steps to prepare students for graduate studies.

What type of career can I look forward to with a Community/Clinical Psychology degree?

Licensed counselors and psychologists help people deal with depression and other mental health issues, marriage and family problems, job stress, addictions, and special groups, such as war veterans suffering from war-related trauma, individuals with autism, students with learning disabilities, and older adults adjusting to aging.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-2013) overall employment is expected to grow 22% through 2020. Employment will vary by specialty. Greater demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers and social service agencies is expected to drive employment growth.

A variety of careers is available to Community/Clinical Psychology majors, where the application of principles learned helps those in need. Some specific entry-level career opportunities for the bachelor degree prepared students include:

  • Case Manager
  • Behavioral Interventionist
  • Probation Assistant
  • Psychiatric Aide
  • Group Home Case Worker
  • Client Advocate
  • Chemical Dependency Assistant
  • Prevention Specialist

What makes Walsh's Community/Clinical Psychology major unique?

  • Behavior-Focused. Psychoanalytical, behavioral and humanistic perspectives receive detailed attention, but several courses are taught from an integrative bio-psychological perspective.
  • Examination of Personal and Social Issues. Through courses about gender, addictions, culture, human sexuality and child and adolescent development, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of multiple psychological issues.
  • Experienced Faculty. Our professors hold the doctorate degree and are competent practitioners and researchers.

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take for a Community/Clinical Psychology Degree?

Psychology students take courses such as:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Counseling and Interviewing Processes
  • Addictions
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available with a Psychology major?

Internships are an excellent opportunity to gain experience in applied behavioral science. Read more about our Psychology Internship opportunities.

Who can I contact for more information about Walsh University's Psychology Programs?

Dr. Penny Bove, Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Phone: (330) 490-7257
E-mail: pbove@walsh.edu