How to become a Psychologist in Georgia...
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- I'm a high school graduate...
- I've already received my Bachelor's or Master's degree...
- I have finished my PhD or PsyD...
Explore the information below and begin your journey toward becoming a licensed psychologist in Georgia. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the Georgia Board of Examiners of Psychology at (478) 207-2440 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your Georgia psychologist license.
I'm a High School Graduate...
As a high school graduate already researching Georgia psychologist licensure information, you are ahead of the game! Right now you are in perfect position to learn a great deal about various career opportunities in the field of psychology while simultaneously advancing your formal education.
The following steps will help you exedite your journey toward receiving a higher education and to learn more about what it's like to work in a psychology field.
No matter where you end up working geographically or when speaking of a career field, earning a college degree is a vital step toward becoming a professional. A degree in psychology is highly versatile. Whether you wish to help people manage issues that are halting the progression of happiness, or to help companies manage their workforce, knowledge of psychology is a highly practical tool.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs you are currently qualified to begin!
- Associate degree programs in psychology
- Bachelor degree programs in psychology
- Additional Psychology Colleges in Georgia
One very important step many people decide not to take advantage of is immersing themselves in an environment that is similar to what they may experience in the workforce. If you are interested in helping individuals as a Georgia psychologist, then you may wish to find out if the actual act of working to help others improve their lives really makes you tick.
The following are links to organizations offering volunteering opportunities across the state of Georgia.
- Hands On Atlanta
- Hands On Macon
- Hands On Milledgeville
- Hands On Thomas Valley
- United Way of the Empire Valley (Savannah)
- Volunteer Macon Inc.
I've already received my Bachelor's or Master's degree...
Once you have your undergraduate or Master's degree you will need to continue on and earn your doctorate degree in psychology, educational psychology or an education degree that specializes in counseling psychology or educational psychology from an accredited college or university.
Contact schools offering Master's, PhD or PsyD programs you are interested in.
- Master's degree programs in psychology
- PhD programs in psychology
- Additional Psychology Colleges in Georgia
When choosing a Master's or Doctoral program, you will be narrowing your career focus. Since there are a large variety of areas where you can go within the field of psychology, it would be wise to speak with the career services personnel at your school to learn more about various opportunities you may participate in to boost yourself higher on the list of possible applicants for school and/or for a professional position once you have completed your schooling.
Once you have completed your PhD or PsyD program, you may continue down to:
I have finished my PhD or PsyD...
Follow the steps to learn how to acquire your Psychologist license in Georgia.
During the last year of receiving your doctoral degree, you will need to take part in an internship that meets the standards of the APA or the Georgia Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
Most likely, you will have an advisor aiding you through this process; however, there is more information on this subject in the following document.
Once you have completed your degree and internship, you will need to begin working on 1500 hours of supervised experience. Georgia psychologist licensure requirements state that your supervised experience needs to be acquired within a 1 or 2 year time period. At least 500 of these hours need to be in direct client contact and all hours need to be supervised by a qualified psychologist.
You can find more information regarding specific requirements for supervised experience on the following Georgia Board of Examiners of Psychologists webpage.
The step is to download and complete an application for Georgia psychologist licensure. You can download the application on the following Georgia Board of Examiners webpage.
Once the Board has evaluated and approved your application, you are then eligible to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). The Georgia Board of Examiners of Psychologists will contact you to tell you of your status and provide you with testing information.
You can also find information on EPPP testing locations, dates and contents yourself by clicking on the following ASPPB link right here.