In this 12- to 15-page paper (4,200 words, not including title page and reference page), review and discuss the state licensure and certification requirements for the professional practice of psychology. Be sure to specifically address the different occupations within psychology that are regulated by state licensure and certification; the specific requirements for a master’s- and doctoral-level clinician; your intended emphasis area, as well as what led you to become interested in this area; any anticipated potential career opportunities and ultimate goal for your degree. Address your own strengths and weaknesses at this time, and how you plan to enhance your areas of strength and address any areas of weakness.
Continuing your professional development is a vital component for maintaining your skill level and growing your knowledge base. Techniques widely utilized include multiple association memberships, advanced/continuing-education courses, and association with and in both student and professional resource groups. Identify and discuss two professional membership organizations you can join, and explain why each would be beneficial to your growth as a psychology professional. Then, identify and discuss one potential resource for you to utilize as a networking element, and explain the steps you plan to take to realize the opportunity so presented. This resource might include a local clinic, psychologist in private practice, volunteer group, your state psychological association, etc. Evaluate and discuss the benefits presented by networking among such groups and how they might support your vocational goals and objectives.