Entry Level Positions
For those psychology students who are not planning to attend graduate school, these are just a few of the careers available to you:
- Case manager--organizes and coordinates services and supports for patients, such as children with mental health problems and their families; oversees the overall medical, personal, and social service needs of the patients.
- Counselor--provides professional help in coping with life issues such as emotional and relationship difficulties; helps clients and families evaluate their patterns of problem solving and develop more effective ones.
- Psychiatric assistant--Assists counselors in non-therapeutic therapy. Monitors and assesses patient progress to ensure that patient treatment objectives are met. Records and reports patient information. Implements patient treatment plans and selects patient activities.
- Crime victim advocate--counsels victims and their families; accompanies and supports victims through the criminal justice process; provides community education, training and consultation.
- Therapeutic staff support--provides one-to-one behavioral health interventions to a child or adolescent with a serious emotional disturbance in order to prevent more restrictive services or out-of-home placement and to promote age-appropriate psychosocial growth.
- Rehab specialist--manage the components important in the rehabilitation process of individuals with physical and mental disabilities. They help prevent fragmentation and gaps in services to people seeking to move from psychological and economic dependence to independence.
- Residential counselors--Person in charge of group homes. The residents of these homes include emotionally disturbed, developmentally disabled, and mentally ill youth and adults. People in homes supervised by residential counselors may also have physical problems, but the problems that keep them from being self-sufficient are primarily mental or emotional.
- Home care aids--helps elderly, disabled, and ill persons live in their own homes or in residential care facilities instead of in a health facility.
If you have any questions or are interested in any of these fields and would like more information, we encourage you to talk to your advisor or one of the Psychology Department faculty members. You can contact any of them through the information found here.