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Compare and contrast clinical and counseling psychology.

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Clinical and counseling psychology both require similar graduate level training, which includes academic coursework in all of the major areas of psychology (developmental, psychopathology, social, personality theories, etc.) along with research and clinical experience.  Where these two branches differ is in their areas of focus and practice.

Counseling psychologists often work in business, academic, and private practice settings where they help people cope with personal challenges and crises, including academic, vocational, marital, and family issues.  Clinical psychologists often work in research, hospital, or private practice settings where they primarily assess and treat patients with mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

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