Child Psychology Schools in Maryland

Maryland is a Mid-Atlantic state and was a border state during the Civil War. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland has the highest median household income in the nation. It’s the fifth most densely populated state, though only the nineteenth most populous. Despite its population density, Maryland offers scenic areas like sand dunes, mountains, marshlands teeming with wildlife, and groves of cypress, oak and pine. Maryland’s economy features transportation, government administration, fishing and agriculture.

Child Psychologists

Child psychologists study the development of young people from the time of conception until their entry into adulthood. A child psychologist is trained in all aspects of this development, including the development of genetics, language, gender roles, cognition, sexuality and social awareness. Some child psychologists work only with a specific age group, while others work with a range of ages.

Child psychologists use their expertise in counseling and assessment to aid young people to understand the reasons behind their problematic feelings and behaviors. They also help them to develop new skills and strategies in dealing with issues, while also aiding them in coping with their problems and growing into well-adjusted adults.

Work Settings

Child psychologists can work in any of several settings, including courthouses, schools, hospitals and mental health clinics.

Those who work in court settings can counsel victims or perpetrators of crime, while sometimes helping them prepare for testifying in court. They can also counsel children in the midst of child custody disputes.

Psychologists employed by schools can diagnose learning disorders, counsel students, conduct assessments and work with families to help students cope with problems involving school, social issues or disabilities.

Those who work in hospitals or mental health institutions evaluate clients, diagnose mental disorders, administer psychological tests and conduct therapy sessions.

Job Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics website says that the median annual salary for clinical, counseling and school psychologists in Maryland is $68,310 (as of May 2012). This website also says that the employment of these psychologists is predicted to grow by 22% between the years 2010 and 2020.

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