Hello all, So I have been trying to figure out all of the different things that a clinical psychologist can do in an applied setting (not research or academic). Some of it I think I understand, but there is a lot I do not know. I was hoping you could indulge me and answer some questions: (assume that we are talking about a psychologist with a PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology ) What exactly is assessment? What is the difference between assessment, testing and diagnosis? Why is a neuropsychological background beneficial for assessment? What kinds of medical/mental health problems are assessed/tested/diagnosed? Regarding diagnosis, can psychologists diagnose mental health problems and then plan a course of treatment that include drugs (to be prescribed by a psychiatrist)? Do you need a MS in Psychopharmacology to do something like this? What would other benefits of training in psychopharmacology be (excluding anything to do with RxP)? As for psychotherapy, I know that people without doctorates are taking over more and more of this area, so what are the psychologists who are practicing psychotherapy doing? Is there a type of psychotherapy that psychologists conduct that those without doctorates do not? If psychologists are doing less psychotherapy, what other options do they have if they want to provide treatment to patients? What is the difference between psycotherapy and intervention? That's a lot, I know. I've been saving up. Answers to these questions are highly appreciated, even if you only want to take on one of them! THANKS!!! PS I intentionally did not include my own situation because I do not want personalized answers to these questions.