The difference between school counselors and school psychologists

October 21, 2019

How are school counselors different from school psychologists?

They sound similar: School Counselor and School Psychologist. And in fact, there is some overlap; both professions deliver services directly to students, as well as work with parents or staff in the schools. But there are several significant differences.

Here’s a quick guide to help you understand those differences as well as what career paths each can lead to.

Applicable Coursework:
Master’s in School Counseling program courses include:
Theories of Counseling with Children and Adolescents, Counseling for College and Career Readiness, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Group Counseling and Psychotherapy, School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation

Applicable Coursework:
PsyD in School Psychology program courses include:
Principles of School Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development for School Psychologists, Psychological Testing, Consultation and Collaboration in the School, Childhood Mental Health, Counseling, and Crisis Intervention/Prevention

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