Consider different fields of psychology that you deem important or engaging.  They should be fields that you wish to pursue after graduation from a University. Identify these fields and explain...

Consider different fields of psychology that you deem important or engaging.  They should be fields that you wish to pursue after graduation from a University. Identify these fields and explain why they are noteworthy.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Different students in the field of psychology will consider different arenas more interesting than other areas. Any field in which individuals enter with a passionate desire to transform what is into what can be and where individuals find a vocation and home should be revered.  

I think that one particular branch of psychology which holds so much in way of promise is counseling psychology. Kuther suggests that one of the intrinsic elements to the purpose of counseling psychology is that the field is driven to "help people adjust to life changes and transitions, such as divorce, remarriage, career changes, to and from college, and provide vocational assessment and career guidance."  Kuther's list of ideas covers so many people that the student who pursues counseling psychology would be of an immense help to a wide swath of the population.  The counseling psychologist's work is immensely important.  It strives to help so many with so much in way of challenge.  This would have to be considered to be a worthwhile endeavor where the professional has a direct impact in helping people to transform their lives.  Such work would be engaging, and embody the essence of a helping profession.

Kuther also speaks to the relevance of educational psychology.  In this field, Kuther suggests that educational psychology explores "how we take in, store, retrieve and apply knowledge."  The implications of this field are profound.  Educational psychologists serve a vital importance as greater understanding of how the mind processes information is being revealed.  Given the need to better understand learners and how those in the field of education can be more effective in reaching them, the work of the educational psychologist can be quite meaningful.  Kuther's analysis supports the idea that educational psychologists can apply their training to the advancement of how people learn and demonstrate their knowledge.  This is quite noteworthy in its transformative capacity.

Both fields can be seen as important and engaging.  The psychologist who enters either field is able to merge theory and practice in their work. Theory and practice become essential in the improvement of people's lives. Kuther's argues that both fields enable the psychological professional to use what they know in assisting individuals. Entry into either branch of psychology is also noteworthy because it requires the individual to continue to advance their own understanding and learning in order to make valid and worthwhile contributions to their professional practices.  In this, the psychologist can serve as both professional as well as learner in advancing their own understanding and helping others live better lives.

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