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Careers in Psychology part three

Careers in Psychology part threeAPA Accreditation, Terminal Degrees, Art Therapy, Psychiatric Nursing,Substance Abuse, & Applied Behavioral Analysis

1Careers in Psychology Your education should be obtained at a college that is accredited by the appropriate associationBasically each degree we are going to talk about today has an overseeing association-for example the American Psychological Association (APA).This assures that the courses you take are those that are required for licensure in your state.When choosing a school this is essential2 Careers in PsychologyAmerican Art Therapy Association-requires specific psychology and art therapy courses that prepare for licensure and practiceAmerican Psychiatric Nurses Association- a group that recognizes the special needs of psychiatric nursesthe American Nurses Credentialing Center-in NJ nurses have to be licensed to practice as an LPN, RN, and Practitioner

3Careers in PsychologyState of New Jersey as advanced practice nurses with prescriptive authority-advanced practice nurses are overseen by this boardAddiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) for CADC eligibility-certification in Addictions is overseen by this boardNJ Applied Behavioral Analysis Association-new group that would like to see that all ABA therapy is monitored and eventually licensed.

4 Careers in PsychologyAPA accreditation-all schools in psychology seek APA accreditationPlease look at your handout about the APA goals for undergraduate education10 Goals that look at Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of PsychologyGoal 1. Theory and Content of PsychologyStudents will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.Goal 2. Research Methods in PsychologyStudents will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills in PsychologyStudents will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

5Careers in PsychologyGoal 4. Application of PsychologyStudents will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.Goal 5. Values in PsychologyStudents will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.Goal 6. Information and Technological LiteracyStudents will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers andother technology for many purposes.Goal 7. Communication SkillsStudents will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

6 Careers in PsychologyGoal 8. Sociocultural and International AwarenessStudents will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.Goal 9. Personal DevelopmentStudents will develop insight into their own and others behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.Goal 10. Career Planning and DevelopmentStudents will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

7Careers in PsychologyTerminal Degrees-usually are degrees where you take a certification exam and can get a job in the field of your terminal degree.It is called a terminal degree because you can be employed in your specialty and do not need any further schooling to be employed in the field of specialization.For example, when you major in professional counseling you get licensure and then are able to practice.This is the same for art therapy and substance abuse counseling-this does not mean you cant back to school.

8Careers in PsychologyArt TherapyProgram of choice should be accredited by American Art Therapy Association and possibly the APAIn order to work as an Art Therapist throughout much of the country you need have a Masters Degree.You need to have a Bachelors Degree with usually a 3.0 GPA overall. At least 12 semester hours of course work in psychology (including general, developmental, and abnormal psychology)At least 18 semester hours in studio art (including drawing, 3-D art form, and painting) It is imperative that the applicant evidence a range of experience using a variety of art materials and processes.An art portfolio of at least 10 pieces9Careers in psychologyArt TherapyPrevious mental health related volunteer experience that involves using art therapeutically is recommended. School of Visual Arts trains students in a Humanistic approach-does anyone remember humanistic theory?Schools in our area that offer an M.A. in Art Therapy:Hofstra, George Washington Univ., LIU-Brooklyn, Pratt Institute-Brooklyn, and School of Visual Arts

10 Careers in PsychologySubstance Abuse CounselingNeed a Bachelors degree in with a major in Psychology, a GPA of at least 3.0, and to take the dreaded GREs.To be licensed in NJ a student needs a Masters Degree with:3000 hours of supervised work experience, at least 300 hours of supervised practical training in all core course areasParticipation in at least 30 alcohol and drug abuse self-help meetingsSuccessful completion of an oral and written examination

11Careers in psychologySubstance Abuse CounselingStudents must remember that most programs are 45-48 graduate creditsSchools that offers a Masters Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling are:The New School for Social Research, Montclair State University, Monmouth University, College of NJ, Centenary College, and Kean

12Careers in PsychologyPsychiatric NursingMost nurses are RNs or LPNs but those who are truly psychiatric nurses are MSNs-in other words they have a Masters Degree in Nursing.In order to be accepted to a psychiatric nursing program, a student must be a licensed nurse in the state in which they are applyingHowever, most states require the same things for licensure so transferring a license is not difficult.

13 Careers in psychology Psychiatric NursingIn order to enter program, students must have had at least a 3.0 GPAHave completed a basic statistic course as an undergraduateNeed at least one year of work in the field, preferably in mental healthUpon graduation from any program, the student will take a license exam and will be able to prescribe medication and supervise a mental health unit, work in a clinic, or open private practice.

14Careers I n psychologyNursing Schools that offer psychiatric nursing degrees in our areaCUNY-Hunter CollegeSUNY at Buffalo and Stony BrookUniversity of PennsylvaniaUMDNJ

15Careers in psychologyBecause of the dramatic rise in autism in NJ, schools have now begun training Masters students in Applied Behavioral Analysis.What is applied behavioral analysis? Applied" means practice, rather than research or philosophy. "Behavior analysis" may be read as "learning theory," that is, understanding what leads to (or doesn't lead to) new skills. ABA is just as much about maintaining and using skills as about learning. It may seem odd to use the word "behavior" when talking about learning to talk, play, and live as a complex social animal, but to a behaviorist all these can be taught, so long as there are intact brain functions to learn and practice the skills.That is the essence of the recovery hypothesis--for many children, the excesses and deficits of autism result largely from a learning 'blockage,' which can be overcome by intensive teaching.

16Careers in psychologyApplied Behavioral AnalysisWhy look at this? Well in NJ we have the largest population of autistic children in the country. 1 in 60 boys are diagnosed and 1in 100 children overall are diagnosed with autism!So there are a lot of jobs opening up in this area!17Careers in psychologyApplied Behavioral Analysis-Brand new at Caldwell CollegeA minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3Bachelor's Degree or higher, preferably in a related field such as psychology, education, or special educationOfficial undergraduate/graduate transcriptsSatisfactory scores on the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (Students who already have a Master's degree are exempt from this requirement)Two letters of recommendation for graduate study

18Careers in PsychologyApplied Behavioral Analysis-Brand new at Caldwell CollegeWriting sample: a research-based paper in psychology or education of at least ten pages that was previously submitted as part of an undergraduate or graduate course. Other subject matter may be considered if the candidate has had limited prior psychology or education work.

19Careers in PsychologyAny questions?Something else you may be interested in?