Counseling vs Psychology: Exploring the Differences

Posted on June 05, 2017  in  [ Psychology & Counseling ]

At Grand Canyon University, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers degree programs that can prepare you for a meaningful career in counseling or psychology. For example, the Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse program covers counseling theories and crisis intervention, and can prepare you for a career as a counselor working in rehabilitation clinics and mental health centers. Our Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology, on the other hand, can ready you for a career in performance arts coaching or athletic coaching and training. Continue reading to learn about counseling vs psychology:

Career Focus

Both counselors and psychologists can be mental health practitioners; however, psychology graduates may become mental health technicians, while counselors will be mental health technicians. Psychologists are more likely to work with individuals who suffer from a severe mental illness. They are often trained to perform psychotherapy and are more likely to be involved in research than counselors. A counseling professional is more apt to provide general therapy for clients, and they may be limited in what tests they can perform without the supervision of a psychologist.

Career Training

Commonly, mental health counselors have master’s-level education. Many standards for counseling programs focus on developing the practical skills needed for helping individuals through life challenges. A psychologist typically has doctorate level education, and though it varies according to specialty, training often emphasizes psychopathology. Both psychology and counseling are growing professions. However, counseling is showing stronger growth.

If you’d like to learn more about Grand Canyon University’s degrees in counseling and psychology, visit the College of Humanities and Social Sciences website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

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