Clinical Psychology Forum submission guidelines (2022)

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 Clinical Psychology Forum

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Clinical Psychology Review submission guidelines

Ethics in publishing

For information on Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines for journal publication see http://www.elsevier.com/publishingethics and

http://www.elsevier.com/ethicalguidelines.

Conflict of interest

All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. See also http://www.elsevier.com/conflictsofinterest.

Submission declaration

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, see

http://www.elsevier.com/postingpolicy), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Changes to authorship

This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts:

Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Manager from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Manager to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Journal Managers will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed.

After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.

Copyright

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (for more information on this and copyright see

http://www.elsevier.com/copyright). Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.

Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations (please consult http://www.elsevier.com/permissions). If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases: please consult

http://www.elsevier.com/permissions.

Retained author rights

As an author you (or your employer or institution) retain certain rights; for details you are referred to: http://www.elsevier.com/authorsrights.

Role of the funding source

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You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and

interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated. Please see http://www.elsevier.com/funding.

Funding body agreements and policies

Elsevier has established agreements and developed policies to allow authors whose articles appear in journals published by Elsevier, to comply with potential manuscript archiving requirements as specified as conditions of their grant awards. To learn more about existing agreements and policies please visit http://www.elsevier.com/fundingbodies.

Open access

This journal does not ordinarily have publication charges; however, authors can now opt to make their articles available to all (including non-subscribers) via the ScienceDirect platform, for which a fee of $3000 applies (for further information on open access see http://www.elsevier.com/about/open-access/open-access-options). Please note that you can only make this choice after receiving notification that your article has been accepted for publication, to avoid any perception of conflict of interest. The fee excludes taxes and other potential costs

such as color charges. In some cases, institutions and funding bodies have entered into agreement with Elsevier to meet these fees on behalf of their authors. Details of these agreements are available at

http://www.elsevier.com/fundingbodies. Authors of accepted articles, who wish to take advantage of this option, should complete and submit the order form (available at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/openaccessform.pdf). Whatever access option you choose, you retain many rights as an author, including the right to post a revised personal version of your article on your own website. More information can be found here: http://www.elsevier.com/authorsrights.

Language (usage and editing services)

Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's WebShop

http://webshop.elsevier.com/languageediting/ or visit our customer support site http://support.elsevier.com for more information.

Submission

Submission to this journal proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files. The system

automatically converts source files to a single PDF file of the article, which is used in the peer-review process. Please note that even though manuscript source files are converted to PDF files at submission for the review process, these source files are needed for further processing after acceptance. All

correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail removing the need for a paper trail.

Use of wordprocessing software

It is important that the file be saved in the native format of the wordprocessor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. In particular, do not use the wordprocessor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. When preparing tables, if you are using a table grid, use only one grid for each individual table and not a grid for each row. If no grid is used, use tabs, not spaces, to align columns. The electronic text should be prepared in a way very similar to that of conventional manuscripts (see also the Guide to Publishing with Elsevier: http://www.elsevier.com/guidepublication). Note that source files of figures, tables and text graphics will be required whether or not you embed your figures in the text. See also the section on Electronic artwork. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' functions of your wordprocessor.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009). Of note, section headings should not be numbered.

Manuscripts should ordinarily not exceed 50 pages, including references and tabular material. Exceptions may be made with prior approval of the Editor in Chief. Manuscript length can often be managed through the judicious use of appendices. In general the References section should be limited to citations actually discussed in the text. References to articles solely included in meta-analyses should be included in an appendix, which will appear in the on line version of the paper but not in the print copy. Similarly, extensive Tables describing study characteristics, containing material published elsewhere, or presenting formulas and other technical material should also be included in an appendix. Authors can direct readers to the appendices in appropriate places in the text.

Appendices

If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.

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Essential title page information

Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. Note: The title page should be the first page of the manuscript document indicating the author's names and affiliations and the corresponding author's complete contact information.

Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation

addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address of each author within the cover letter.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.

Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a "Present address"' (or

"Permanent address") may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.

A concise and factual abstract is required (not exceeding 200 words). This should be typed on a separate page following the title page. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separate from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should therefore be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list.

Graphical abstract

A Graphical abstract is optional and should summarize the contents of the article in a concise, pictorial form designed to capture the attention of a wide readership online. Authors must provide images that clearly represent the work described in the article. Graphical abstracts should be submitted as a separate file in the online submission system. Image size: Please provide an image with a minimum of 531 × 1328 pixels (h × w) or proportionally more. The image should be readable at a size of 5 × 13 cm using a regular screen resolution of 96 dpi. Preferred file types: TIFF, EPS, PDF or MS Office files. See

http://www.elsevier.com/graphicalabstracts for examples.

Authors can make use of Elsevier's Illustration and Enhancement service to ensure the best presentation of their images also in accordance with all technical requirements: Illustration Service.

Highlights

Highlights are mandatory for this journal. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that convey the core findings of the article and should be submitted in a separate file in the online submission system. Please use 'Highlights' in the file name and include 3 to 5 bullet points (maximum 85 characters, including spaces, per bullet point). See http://www.elsevier.com/highlights for examples.

Keywords

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Abbreviations

Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

Acknowledgements

Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the

research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

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Footnotes

Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. Many wordprocessors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves

separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list. Table footnotes

Indicate each footnote in a table with a superscript lowercase letter.

Electronic artwork General points

• Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork. • Embed the used fonts if the application provides that option.

• Aim to use the following fonts in your illustrations: Arial, Courier, Times New Roman, Symbol, or use fonts that look similar.

• Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text. • Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.

• Provide captions to illustrations separately.

• Size the illustrations close to the desired dimensions of the printed version. • Submit each illustration as a separate file.

A detailed guide on electronic artwork is available on our website: http://www.elsevier.com/artworkinstructions

You are urged to visit this site; some excerpts from the detailed information are given here.

Formats

If your electronic artwork is created in a Microsoft Office application (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) then please supply 'as is' in the native document format. Regardless of the application used other than Microsoft Office, when your electronic artwork is finalized, please 'Save as' or convert the images to one of the following formats (note the resolution requirements for line drawings, halftones, and line/halftone combinations given below):

EPS (or PDF): Vector drawings, embed all used fonts.

TIFF (or JPEG): Color or grayscale photographs (halftones), keep to a minimum of 300 dpi.

TIFF (or JPEG): Bitmapped (pure black & white pixels) line drawings, keep to a minimum of 1000 dpi.

TIFF (or JPEG): Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (color or grayscale), keep to a minimum of 500 dpi.

Please do not:

• Supply files that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); these typically have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors;

• Supply files that are too low in resolution;

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• Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.

Color artwork

MS Office files) and with the correct resolution. If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable color figures then Elsevier will ensure, at no additional charge, that these figures will appear in color on the Web (e.g., ScienceDirect and other sites) regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Elsevier after receipt of your accepted article. Please indicate your preference for color: in print or on the Web only. For further information on the preparation of electronic artwork, please see http://www.elsevier.com/artworkinstructions.

Please note: Because of technical complications which can arise by converting color figures to 'gray scale' (for the printed version should you not opt for color in print) please submit in addition usable black and white versions of all the color illustrations.

Figure captions

Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations

themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.

Tables

Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.

References

Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, ISBN 1-4338-0559-6, copies of which may be ordered from http://books.apa.org/books.cfm?id=4200067 or APA Order Dept., P.O.B. 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784, USA or APA, 3 Henrietta Street, London, WC3E 8LU, UK. Details concerning this referencing style can also be found at

http://humanities.byu.edu/linguistics/Henrichsen/APA/APA01.html

Citation in text

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Web references

As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

References in a special issue

Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.

Reference management software

This journal has standard templates available in key reference management

FAQs

Can I do a Masters with a 2.2 psychology? ›

The short answer is yes, absolutely. Many postgraduate courses will even include a 2.2 or above in their Master's entry requirements.

What can I do with a 2.2 in psychology? ›

If you do end up with a 2:2 you might be able to repeat a year of university, or retake exams, to try to improve your classification. Otherwise you will need to aim for publications and/or a postgraduate qualification, and be willing and determined to have a harder longer path into clinical training.

How hard is it to get into clinical psychology UK? ›

Competition for postgraduate training is strong. You'll need a first or upper second class degree, and evidence of excellent research skills to apply. You'll also need relevant work experience. If you have a degree in a different subject, you may be able to complete an approved psychology conversion course.

Is Clinical Psychology Forum a journal? ›

What is Clinical Psychology Forum? Clinical Psychology Forum (CPF) is the official monthly publication of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

Is a 2.1 good enough for a Masters? ›

A 2.1 is still a good degree. In most universities a first is 70% and if you get put up to a 1st from a 68% onwards, you should consider yourself very lucky. If universities inflate grades in this way, they are usually only doing it to make themselves look better.

Is a third class degree a fail? ›

Third-Class Honours (40-50%): known as a 'third' or 3rd, this degree is the lowest honours degree achievable. Ordinary Degree: If an honours student fails to achieve a third class by a small margin, they may be awarded an ordinary degree i.e. without honours.

Is a 2.2 degree good? ›

This is the lower division of a second-class degree. It is commonly known as a 2:2 or (2.2 degree) “Desmond” (as in Desmond “two-two”). A 2:2 degree is often the minimum grade required for most opportunities in employment and further education. In the 2020/21 academic year, 14% of students achieved a 2:2.

Can I still get a job with a 2 2? ›

While some big graduate employers will not accept a 2.2 degree for their graduate schemes and jobs, this is by no means true for all. Even the most popular and sought-after employers sometimes take a more flexible approach to degree classifications and entry requirements.

Is a 2 2 a pass? ›

A 2:2 = C (50%-60%) A 3rd = D (45%-50%) A Pass = E (40%-45%) A Fail = below 40%

Is getting a PhD in clinical psychology worth it? ›

Summary. Earning your doctoral degree in psychology provides you with many job opportunities and a shot at earning a top salary in the field. It is a worthy educational goal that can “result a high level of personal and professional satisfaction.

What's the highest paying psychology job UK? ›

Like USA, Industrial- Organizational psychologist is one of highest paid career path in psychology in United kingdom. They help to enhance and improve the work efficacy, communication and work towards betterment of workplace in the organization.

How much do clinical psychologists make UK? ›

The average salary for a Clinical Psychologist is £39,400 gross per year (£2,550 net per month), which is £9,800 (+33%) higher than the UK's national average salary. A Clinical Psychologist can expect an average starting salary of £31,700. The highest salaries can exceed £70,000.

Is the Journal of Clinical Psychology peer reviewed? ›

Founded in 1945, the Journal of Clinical Psychology is a peer-reviewed forum devoted to research, assessment, and practice.

Is the British Journal of Clinical Psychology peer reviewed? ›

Important: the journal operates a double-blind peer review policy.

What is clinical psychology? ›

Clinical psychology is the psychological specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive mental and behavioral health care for individuals, couples, families, and groups; consultation to agencies and communities; training, education and supervision; and research-based practice.

Is 65 at Masters level good? ›

A typical masters degree will be graded using four terms: Distinction: A final grade of 70% or above. Merit: A final grade of 60-69% Pass: A final grade of 50-59%

Does UK accept 2.2 for Masters? ›

For most UK universities the minimum requirement for postgraduate (Master's or Ph. D.) is a 2.1 (second class upper) CGPA. This requirement has caused some people to give up furthering their education in the UK but there is good news. Some universities accept 2.2 for master's degrees.

Is a 2 1 good enough for a PhD? ›

Though there is no 'hard-and-fast' rule, when it comes to the Master's results you need to be able to do a PhD, naturally you want your application to be as strong as possible. As a general rule, you will need an upper-class undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) and an upper-class Master's (Merit or Distinction).

Can I do a Masters with a 3rd class degree? ›

Can you do a Masters with a third class degree? It's possible for apply for a Masters with a third class degree, although it's likely that most universities won't be overly impressed. Unless you have extenuating circumstances, this grade will potentially be viewed as a reflection of your effort and dedication.

What is a gentleman's degree? ›

Informally, the Third Class Honours degree is referred to as a "gentleman's degree" (cf. the "gentleman's C" in U.S. parlance) and in the UK as a Douglas Hurd (Third) after the 1980s Conservative politician of that name, who had actually graduated with a First Class Honours degree in history in 1952.

Can I improve my degree classification? ›

There's nothing you can do to change your grade on a completed degree.

Should you put your degree after your name? ›

The only academic credentials (degrees) that you should list after your name at the top of the résumé should be doctorate level degrees, such as MD, DO, DDS, DVM, PhD, and EdD. A master's degree or bachelor's degree should never be included after your name.

Should I put 2.2 CV? ›

A 2:2 degree is still an achievement, it's still something you had to work hard for, and it's something that should be included on your CV even if you aren't bursting with pride about it. Here, you should also include college or high school qualifications and any relevant training, such as first aid training.

Is a 2.1 good in first year? ›

A first is obviously the best classification. A 2.1 is overall seen as still good. Most postgrad courses and higher courses or graduate job internships will ask for minimum 2.1. A 2.2 is okay.

Is getting a 2.2 the end of the world? ›

That's the thing about getting a 2.2. It is by no means the end of the world, but you do have to get a bit more creative. Instead of applying for a slew of grad programmes with a mandatory 2.1 minimum, I co-founded an online sex magazine which lead to a column in The Telegraph, which lead to a career in journalism.

How common is a 2 1? ›

New figures from the Higher Education Statistics Authority show that 70% of today's students leave university with a 2:1 or above. Now, one in five graduates is awarded a first class degree – a score that has almost doubled in the past decade. The proportion receiving a 2:1 has also risen sharply in that time.

Do Masters grades matter for jobs? ›

Unless an employer specifically employs only Masters graduates, a Masters is sufficiently rare that the degree itself makes a candidate stand out - assuming the employer puts a premium on academic learning. The grade will only matter in those very few sectors where a Masters is the entry level requirement.

Is 69% a First class? ›

In most universities a first is 70% and if you get put up to a 1st from a 68% onwards, you should consider yourself very lucky. If universities inflate grades in this way, they are usually only doing it to make themselves look better.

Can you fail a degree? ›

Students fail elements of their degree for a number of reasons. The most common issues are not attending lectures, not keeping up with course reading, confusion or lack of understanding of course content, and personal problems that distract students.

Is a 3 year degree worth anything? ›

A three-year degree would greatly benefit students, starting with the thousands of dollars of savings from an entire year's tuition, room and board fees, textbook fees and other ancillary fees. That money could be used to fund a post-graduate degree later on.

Is a PsyD or PhD more respected? ›

Both are usually highly respected. A PhD is typically viewed as a research-oriented degree. A PsyD is typically viewed as an appropriate degree for someone with clinical aspirations.
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Are clinical psychologists happy? ›

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, clinical psychologists rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 41% of careers.

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Which country pays psychologists the most? ›

Top Destinations for a Career in Psychology
  1. Canada. Over the years, Canada has become a hot choice for aspirants looking for career options in various fields, and it's the same for psychology. ...
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  5. Other Countries.
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What type of psychologist gets paid the most? ›

Psychiatrist positions are by far the highest-paying jobs for psychology majors. The average salary is $217,798, according to PayScale. A psychiatrist should be licensed as a board-certified psychologist.

What field of psychology has the most jobs? ›

The field of clinical psychology employs the most workers of any field within psychology. These professionals assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent mental illnesses and disorders. They work in a wide range of settings, such as mental health clinics, hospitals, and private practices.

Are clinical psychologists called doctors? ›

Clinical Psychologist are professionals with an MPhil in Clinical Psychology (wherein they have had an intensive experience of seeing clients under supervision and training). They or those with a Master's in psychology cannot carry the title of a "Dr" unless they have a qualification of a Doctorate.

Are clinical psychologists well paid? ›

As of 2011, the median yearly wage of clinical psychologists was $73,090, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics. Many factors can influence salary, however, including who's hiring, the setting in which the psychologist works and the geographical area of employment.

How much do top clinical psychologists earn? ›

Salaries for clinical psychologists can be lucrative, with the BLS reporting that the top 10% earned more than $167,460. As with every career, experience plays an enormous factor in salary.

What are the top journals in clinical psychology? ›

TitleSJR
1Annual Review of Clinical Psychology7.450 Q1
2Clinical Psychology Review4.466 Q1
3Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics4.032 Q1
4Journal of Anxiety Disorders2.697 Q1
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What is a good impact factor? ›

In most fields, the impact factor of 10 or greater is considered an excellent score while 3 is flagged as good and the average score is less than 1.

What is Journal of Clinical Psychology? ›

The Journal of Clinical Psychology is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal covering psychological research, assessment, and practice. It was established in 1945.

Is Clinical Psychology Science and Practice peer reviewed? ›

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering clinical psychology.

How hard is it to get into clinical psychology? ›

Admission to Ph. D. programs in clinical psychology is very competitive. Ratios of 300 applicants to 8 positions are common (though perhaps 10-15 people would have to be accepted to fill the 8 slots; some who are accepted decide to go elsewhere, or enter a different kind of graduate or professional program ).

Can I be a clinical psychologist with a master's degree? ›

The education requirements to become a clinical psychologist include an undergraduate degree and a doctorate. However, in many cases, learners complete a master's degree in between. Most students spend between 8-12 years earning their degrees before obtaining licensure.

Is there a difference between a psychologist and a clinical psychologist? ›

A typical distinction is that general psychologists focus on healthier people, while clinical psychologists focus on people with more serious mental health issues.

How competitive is clinical psychology UK? ›

As you can apply for four courses, the chances of getting a place on an individual course you apply to are about 1/16, though there is quite a lot of variation from course to course, but the overall chance of getting on is about one in four.

How difficult is it to get into clinical psychology? ›

Getting a place on a clinical psychology doctorate is very competitive. Sonia comments: 'There were almost 4,000 applicants for 600 places in 2017 so that's a 15% acceptance rate.

Are clinical psychologists in demand UK? ›

The employment outlook for this specialist field looks promising, with projections showing an upward trajectory in job demand until 2026. Some of the fastest growing fields include vocational psychology, school mental health support, family and marriage support, clinical psychology and counselling, and psychiatry.

Is becoming a clinical psychologist hard? ›

Becoming a psychologist requires a substantial commitment of time, but this can be a rewarding and challenging career. Before you decide if becoming a psychologist is the right choice for you, consider your goals and resources as well as some of the potential alternatives.

Why clinical psychology is so competitive? ›

Clinical psychology is very competitive as a specialization within the field of psychology because it is an applied degree program. As compared to developmental, for example, which is primarily a research degree for which the vast majority of degree earners must work in government or university jobs doing research.

Is clinical psychology more competitive than medicine? ›

As above, being a clinical psychologist is much more competitive than getting into medicine. It is sadly an industry standard to do a lengthy unpaid internship to even be considered for a job. Similarly, graduate entry medicine after a psychology degree is much more competitive than the undergraduate course.

What makes a good candidate for clinical psychology? ›

Have excellent problem-solving skills. Have excellent listening and communication skills. Have a good grasp of scientific techniques. Have a strong interest in healthcare and science.

How competitive is PhD in clinical psychology? ›

Admission to PhD programs in clinical psychology is very competitive. Ratios of 300 applicants to 8 positions are common (though perhaps 10-15 people would have to be accepted to fill the 8 slots; some who are accepted decide to go elsewhere, or enter a different kind of graduate or professional program ).

Is a masters in clinical psychology worth it? ›

Conclusion. A career in psychology can be highly rewarding and respectable. MA in Clinical Psychology is a comprehensive program that can lead to a PhD in Psychology. This qualification can further broaden your career opportunities by giving you an added advantage over your competitors in the job market.

Is PhD in psychology difficult? ›

On the difficulty scale among college majors, it probably falls somewhere in the middle. That's where the easy part of earning a PhD in psychology ends. The first challenge is getting accepted into a doctoral program. When I applied, most graduate programs' acceptance rate ranged from 10 to 25% of all candidates.

Is it too late to become a psychologist at 40? ›

Leake is among a steady number of "older students" filing into psychology programs across the country. About 22 percent of psychology doctorate recipients in 2003 were between age 35 and 44, and nearly 12 percent were age 45 to 59, according to APA's Research Office.

Are psychologists paid well in UK? ›

After qualification, salaries within the NHS start at £40,057 (Band 7). More experienced psychologists can earn between £47,126 and £63,862 (Bands 8a and 8b). Consultant-level clinical psychologist roles typically range from £65,664 to £90,387 (Bands 8c and 8d).

How much do psychologists make an hour UK? ›

How much does a Psychologist make in United Kingdom? The average psychologist salary in the United Kingdom is £48,586 per year or £24.92 per hour. Entry level positions start at £41,697 per year while most experienced workers make up to £60,000 per year.

What is the hardest part of being a clinical psychologist? ›

Psychologists often say that feelings of helplessness, the stress of dealing with clients' problems, the demanding educational requirements and the tedious nature of billing for payment are among the hardest parts about working as a psychologist.

What are the disadvantages of being a clinical psychologist? ›

TOP CONS OF BEING A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
  • You will first need to complete your bachelor's degree. ...
  • You will need to complete your master's degree to enter the field. ...
  • If you really want to excel, you will need a Doctorate. ...
  • Are you ready for an internship? ...
  • Your education can get really expensive.

Do clinical psychologists get paid well? ›

In addition, they often offer their services through private practice as well, thereby increasing the scope of their earnings. A clinical psychologist makes on average ₹355,326 per year.

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