Careers in Psychology Event & Open House
You are cordially invited to a free one day conference and luncheon presenting the many career options in mental health. Tailored to current bachelor and master’s degree candidates and holders in psychology and other disciplines considering a career change.
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
One Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
Saturday November 17, 2012
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Discussions on health care issues related to areas such as:
Child, Adolescent & Family Psychology
School-Based Mental Health Services
Beyond CSI: What is Forensic Psychology?
Primary Care Medicine & Health Psychology
Organizational and Leadership Psychology
Working with Diverse Populations in Community Mental Health Settings
Global Mental Health/Trauma and Recovery
Facilitating College Student Development
Psychological & Neuropsychological Assessment
Child, Adolescent& Family Psychology [back to top]
Child, adolescent, and family psychology is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field that places understanding and treatment within the complex matrix of development and relationships (family, peer, school, community, society). Children and families are consistently identified as underserved populations with diverse clinical needs. Psychologists who are well trained to provide empirically based professional services across the lifespan but with deeper understanding of child development (clinical assessment, psychotherapy and other interventions, consultation, program development and evaluation) are in great demand in a variety of roles and settings including outpatient clinics, medical and mental health services in hospitals, mainstream and special educational program in schools, private practice, juvenile and family courts, juvenile justice systems, child protection agencies, and social service agencies.
School-Based Mental Health Services [back to top]
Most mental health services for children and adolescents are provided in schools. This presents a broad range of career possibilities. School psychologists, school counselors, social workers, clinical psychologists, and nurses are among the mental health professionals who provide these services. Counseling is just one of the many ways in which children and adolescents receive much-needed assistance. Our understanding of how best to promote children’s social and emotional development has advanced considerably in recent years.
Beyond CSI: What is Forensic Psychology? [back to top]
This session distinguishes forensic psychology from clinical psychology, emphasizing that solid practice in forensic psychology is based upon excellence in the practice of clinical psychology. Forensic psychology practice settings for a mental health counselor are also predicated on the excellence in the practice of counseling. This session will define “Forensic Psychology”, as will the kinds of legal and organizational contexts in which forensic psychologists operate, and the various career opportunities available to psychologists with forensic training will be reviewed. The rationale for providing a Concentration within the doctoral psychology program rather than a separate doctoral track is discussed, as is the rationale for providing a Master’s level program for persons who are not pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, but who will be qualified to pursue a license as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts. The varied career trajectories of MSPP graduates and the present opportunities for mental health counselors in forensic settings are offered as illustrations of the many professional opportunities available to psychologists and counselors familiar with forensic issues, even if they build careers primarily based on the provision of clinical and counseling services.
Psychotherapy [back to top]
Helping individuals, couples and families to understand themselves is one of the main areas of psychological work and among its most rewarding. In psychotherapy, relationship difficulties, issues of self esteem and identity, work problems, and difficulties with mood are discussed and plans made for change and growth.
Primary Care Medicine & Health Psychology [back to top]
There are exciting opportunities for psychologists and mental health counselors in primary care medicine and health psychology. Health Psychology draws upon psychological theory and research to build clinical applications for individuals and families with medical illness and physical challenge to live the most productive lives possible. Health psychologists work in psycho-oncology, in cardiac psychology, in neurology, in pediatrics, in women’s health and with chronic pain patients among many other patient groups. They also work to prevent illness and to promote healthy lifestyles.
With organized American Medicine adopting a model of the Patient Centered Medical Home, and with recent federal legislation promoting integrated models of primary care, there is now the opportunity for mental health counselors and psychologists to serve as the behavioral health specialist on collaborative health care teams. The demand for mental health professionals to fill jobs in primary care medical settings is predicted to steadily grow.
Organizational and Leadership Psychology [back to top]
The 21st century requires individuals to respond to fast changes and ongoing complexity in organizations. MSPP develops leaders in action with its graduate certificate program in Executive Coaching; a 10 month master’s program in Organizational Psychology; and a doctoral program in Leadership Psychology. These programs prepare you to deploy yourself within for profit, non-profit, government, and education settings to create constructive change. This means going beyond technical solutions to find adaptive means of change that address the culture, value, beliefs as well and structures of organizations with a foundation in psychology, in an ever increasingly competitive, changing environment. Our students include professionals and career-changers looking to build or develop expertise within the following sectors:
- Organizational Development
- Leadership Training and Development
- Change Management
- Management Consulting
- Human Resources
Working with Diverse Populations in Community Mental Health Settings [back to top]
Attention to the health of diverse communities in which we live and work has been a cornerstone of the Community Mental Health (CMH) approach. The systems/ecological perspective looks at the person in relation to his or her community, and examines all aspects of a person's environment as contributors to health. In addition, this perspective attempts to address ways in which the community can promote health and prevent illness. Prevention is a cornerstone of this approach as well, so consultation work with front line workers is critical.
A particularly important consideration for working in community settings is how to understand and address the needs of diverse communities; such diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and other factors. Along with specific services to meet specific mental health needs, community oriented mental health hopes to enlarge our vision of what makes a healthy person and a healthy environment.
Global Mental Health/Trauma and Recovery [back to top]
The South Asian Tsunami, earthquakes in China and Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, school shootings, the Oklahoma City bombing and wars and famines around the world.... These are all well-known and well-publicized crises in our recent history. But what happens beyond the broken buildings and the medical response teams? Clearly, there are countless trauma victims and survivors from these events. Disaster response is an expanding field of psychology which focuses on applying psychological principles and interventions to the survivors of traumatic experiences, frontline workers and first responders. This presentation will outline the various ways in which psychologists can significantly affect the lives of those touched by trauma on a local, national and international level. There is an abundance of work to be done in this field. Our students' work in Louisiana over the past several years will be discussed, as will service provided by faculty and students to survivors of disaster and war in 9/11, Katrina, Haiti, Gaza (Palestine), Guatemala, and elsewhere.
Survivors of war, persecution, human trafficking, and natural disaster often feel the effects of such traumatic experience for many years to come, whether in their home communities, displaced within their home countries, or as refugees in the U.S. and other countries. MSPP’s new program in Counseling Psychology and Global Mental Health was designed to meet the needs of such survivors and their families – in the U.S. and abroad. This presentation will describe some of the work MSPP faculty and students have done both internationally and domestically and will address the training the Global Mental Health Program can provide to students interested in working for nongovernmental agencies in developing or conflict-ridden parts of the world or with immigrants and refugees in the U.S.
Facilitating College Student Development [back to top]
College student development specialists—or student personnel administrators—take on many different roles/titles in American higher education. Deans of Students are responsible for monitoring and facilitating the entire range of student life. Directors of numerous offices (among them—but not limited to—Student Activities, Student Government, Judicial Affairs, Greek Life, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Athletics Advising/Support, Career/Placement Advising, Registration) coordinate many important facets of the student experience. Campus Counseling Center personnel provide personal guidance for students who are sometimes tested by the transition to or by the trials of college. This session describes the qualifications for professional entry, the typical career paths, and expected day-to-day challenges and rewards for college student development personnel.
Psychological & Neuropsychological Assessment [back to top]
Recent fiscal, political, economic, and service-delivery forces hoped to minimize the professional psychologists’ role in the delivery of direct clinical services. Many in our field were coping by denying or despairing. Others were urging “cognitive reappraisal”, viewing this crisis as a way of expanding our scope of practice (e.g., prescription privileges). The wisest of our guild looked “back to the future” to reestablish the primary role of psychological assessment within professional psychology training and practice. This discussion will examine the current robust state of assessment within professional psychology. Special emphasis will be given to elucidating the current marketplace as it impacts training and practice. New models will be introduced that have been responsible for reestablishing the seminal role of psychological and neuropsychological assessment within professional psychology.
Media Psychology [back to top]
The social and environmental influence of media and emerging media technologies on the behavior of individuals and groups is tremendous and here to stay. A comprehensive mastery of psychology is therefore essential to achieving the goal of promoting the socially responsible integration of media technologies in our society. The study of Media Psychology is relevant to a number of career paths, including those found in corporate, government and educational settings---wherever people interact with technology or wherever a message is distributed through technology.
This emerging area of training encompasses the full range of human experience of media—including affect, cognition, and behavior—in activities, events, theories, and practices. Career opportunities in media psychology are expected to grow as technology becomes accessible to more people than ever before.
Mental health professionals will be on hand to discuss how you could embark in a successful career as a mental health professional.
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