The Difference Between a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor & a School Psychologist

The Difference between a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor & a School Psychologist
Brandy M Hall
Maryland University College Park
Licensed Clinical Psychologist vs. Licensed Professional Counselor & School Psychologist
A Clinical Psychologist is a mental health professional with a Ph.D. degree or Psy.D. degree in clinical psychology in which, whom has clinical experience in assessment and psychotherapy(Butcher, Hooley, Mineka, 2008 p. G-4). Where as a Licensed Professional Counselor is an individual who has received a license as an LPC, this individual generally needs a master’s degree or a doctoral degree in counseling or any counseling related field from an accredited college or university (Richmond, 2007).
The role of a clinical psychologist is to help mentally and emotionally distressed individuals/ clients adjust and cope with life. They also help surgical patients deal with illnesses or injury. Some clinical psychologists help people to deal with personal crises such as losing a loved one or dealing with a chronic illness and divorce. Clinical psychologists often interview patients and give diagnostic tests and provide psychotherapy and implement behavior modification programs (TBL, 2006).
The role of a Professional Counselor is to advise people on how to deal with everyday problems. They use various techniques such as interviewing and testing. Their duties vary according to their occupational specialty (TBL, 2006).
The APA’s perspective on the issue of Professional Counselors administering psychological testing is that the organization feels that psychologist have more to offer. They receive excellent training in assessment of cognitive and overall psychological functioning. They have strong intervention skills and the ability to promote decision making problem solving. Psychologist can bring an in-depth understanding of...