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Question Wondering about future - December 15th 2010, 01:33 PM

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I know you think I'm a bit young, but I'm really not I don't think, I could be going to college/Uni relatively soon so ya xD

I was just wondering what there is out there... I want to help people, I was thinking psychiatry or counseling, but I don't want to really sit behind a desk all my life... I want to deal with youth and younge adults, and I want to help. But that's all I know. MAybe you guys can help me? ahaha.
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Re: Wondering about future - December 29th 2010, 04:35 AM

Get a childrens psychology degree.You could become a childrens psych or, you could get into childrens services.. That helps get kids from dysfunctional families help, and things like that.


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Re: Wondering about future - December 29th 2010, 07:45 AM

You'd probably want to do a psychology major and then either continue with it or change to something else, or add something else on. Sociology would be a useful area to study in as well.

Clinical psychology is a highly competitive field to study in but there are multiple ways to help youth and young adults. Anything from counselling immediately after traumas to social workers to child psychotherapists. If you also like the biological studies (which are amazing), you can go into even more areas, such as helping children with sensory impairments or brain damage, with illnesses such as cancers and so forth.

Alternatively, there is also teaching in schools. You'd need at least a Bachelor's and a teaching certificate.

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Re: Wondering about future - December 29th 2010, 11:48 AM

Well a psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has gone to medical school; a psychologist is someone who has done a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

There's a lot out there for you. I mean you can do what those aboe me have mentioned, but there's so much out there that fit into the lines of what you want - genetics counsellors for instance.

Speech and language therapy is one tha jumps out to me - helping people who have had strokes get their speech back and helping children with lisps. It delves into a lot of psychology as much of these problems are believed to be rooted in psychology than medical reasons. Sounds like it would be right up your street.
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Re: Wondering about future - December 29th 2010, 07:31 PM

You can also get a degree in Social Work, which leaves work options for counselling or working with places like Children's Aid and the likes. From what you posted it sounds like Social Worker would suit you more than psychologist. I've studied Sociology and Psychology in University and had a counselor who had a Social Work degree and knew he worked with children, youth and teens.
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