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Psychology (Penn State Berks)

Welcome to the virtual library for students in psychology courses at Penn State Berks.

Overview of Clinical Psychology

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"The field of Clinical Psychology involves research, teaching and services relevant to the applications of principles, methods, and procedures for understanding, predicting, and alleviating intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, social and behavioral maladjustment, disability and discomfort, applied to a wide range of client populations" (Society of Clinical Psychology -


What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Education of a Clinical Psychologist

  • 4 years of undergraduate degree
  • *optional (1-2 years master's program)
  • 5-7 years of doctorate (PhD or PsyD) in Clinical Psychology
  • Certification/licensing test of state (regulated by states)


How to Become a Clinical Psychologist

What Can You Do With A Masters?

Becoming a Clinical Psychologist takes a lot of time and other resources. However, there are other careers in the field of clinical and counseling psychology you can take!

A few careers include: 

  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Academic Counselor
  • Family and Marriage Counselor 
  • Psychiatric 
  • Social Work

Graduate School

When applying to any program, watching different videos about the process can help! Here's one:

Current Topics in Clinical Psychology

Here are more current topics in Clinical Psychology!

  • Addictions 
  • Evidence-based practices vs. Alternative therapies 
  • Trauma-focused therapy 
  • Culturally-informed treatment