Book Definition: A psychologist whose training deals with more severe disorders and emphasizes mental health and mental illnesses.

In Your Own Words

  • A mental health professional who has received specialized training in the study of the mind and emotions.
  • Unlike a psychiatrist, they usually can not prescribe medicine.
  • The only can verbally help you and help you understand your illness, but cannot prescribe or give you any form of medication.
  • a professional at handling severe disorders yet unable to prescribe medicine.

  • Workers at a specialized school for autistic children are likely to use talk therapy when a child has a breakdown rather than using medication to sedate the child.
  • Usually clinical psychologists do not test for mental disorders like the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory), MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), SLOAN/Big 5 personality test, and the MCMI (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory).

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