Clinical Psychology Interview

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Running Head: Clinical Interview with Dr. Ian Smith, Ph.D.

Clinical Interview with Dr. Ian Smith, PhD Understanding The Field of Clinical Psychologists
Rodnerus Palmer

Abstract An interview with a professional clinical psychologist, Dr. Ian Smith, Ph.D, was done on August 8, 2007. In the interview topics were discussed such as: background of Dr. Smith, Ph.D, a typical day of a psychologist, career path, qualities necessary for someone in the field to be successful and training. Cognitive-therapy is the approach that was discussed. Rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is Dr. Smith, Ph.D concentration. The cognitive therapy history and approach was supported by a journal article of Albert Ellis (1913-2007), who is known to be the
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Smith, Ph.D. "I work with all kinds of people, from those wanting to change occupations, law enforcement, families having togetherness problems, people involved in litigation, marriage issues between couples, and people that suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental issues. You would think that I deal with crazy folks, but frankly, most of my clients are normal folks with normal life issues. My day starts a 7:00am and continuously I rotate clients every 45 minutes. I take my lunch from 12 to 1 and end my day around 5:45pm." I didn't know a day could be so long. This opened my eyes a lot because I thought psychologists did not work long hours. After the last interview all therapy is documented for each patients progression. Psychology is an awarding field, but there with the good comes the bad. The biggest advantage to Dr. Smith, Ph.D is that he loves his field. It motivates and gratifies him personally. He enjoys the challenge and reward. "I am glad to be apart of a bigger purpose", said Dr. Smith, Ph.D. I said the work hours were a disadvantage, but I was wrong. The healthcare system the United States has is what psychologists feel is disappointing. The manage care is changing the practice of psychology. The fees (now reduced), more paperwork and more competition to get on managed care panels. In other words, more work less pay. A typical salary depends upon the work setting, for example, a hospital versus private practice, ranging
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