In Honolulu, Hilo and Laie, Hawaii, students can attend one of seven counseling psychology schools. Schools including the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University, and Argosy University offer counseling psychology programs to residents and students who live out of state. The degree type programs include certificate, associate, bachelor, master, specialist and PhD. Successful graduates may earn up to $90,000 working in the top paying industries in the state of Hawaii, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor Statistics. As of May 2012, approximately five hundred (500) counseling psychologists was employed.
Description of Counseling Psychologist’s Responsibilities
Counseling psychologists work for a variety of industries including elementary and secondary schools. School counselors are always needed in U.S. public schools, colleges and universities. Counseling psychologists can also be found in health practitioners offices, family services, state government, outpatient care centers and psychiatric & substance abuse medical facilities. It takes years of studying and practice to become a licensed counseling psychologist in the state of Hawaii. The primary responsibility of counseling psychologists is to help patients understand his or her behavioral patterns.
The professionals provide counsel to life problems and issues involving aging, identity, grief or loss of a family member or loved one. Coping skills and an approach to work through various issues are developed to help patients overcome problems. Counseling psychologists work with individuals, families, organizations and groups of people. Psychology counselors may also work as educators to help patients avoid serious mental health crisis and as researchers to help develop tests and counseling treatments. Psychologists help people with eating, substance abuse, and mental disorders.
Counseling Psychology Program
The curriculum for counseling psychology majors includes courses for most degree types. For an example, the curriculum for a master’s degree may consist of Psychology of Personality, Psychology History, Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences, Children & Adolescents Treatment and other core courses. The PhD program curriculum may consist of General Counseling, School Counseling, and Research & Clinical Mental Health Counseling.