Choosing a specialty can be challenging decision

By Catherine Robertson Souter
October 3rd, 2021
Joseph Toomey, Ph.D., associate chair of the clinical psychology department at William James College in Newton, Mass.
Joseph Toomey, Ph.D., associate chair of the clinical psychology department at William James College in Newton, Mass.

If you ask 100 psychologists how they chose what they do, the specialty or the setting, you will get 100 different answers. Many will say they chose to follow an interest from early educational experiences. Some may say they followed a mentor's footsteps. Still others will say it was a bit more serendipitous with fate choosing their path.

For those just setting out on a career in mental health, the path ahead can be a bit intimidating. Every decision can seem momentous.

No one path will fit every student. So much of it depends on so many factors, from the more practical like cost and location to the more esoteric like a school's mission and reputation.

Plus, while some specialties are determined during post-doctoral phases, others ...

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