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Paraprofessionals are individuals employed in the psychology profession who have education and training at the predoctoral level. This includes individuals with a high school diploma, an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree. Paraprofessionals provide a wide range of professional and support services commensurate with their education and training under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist. Although one needs a doctorate degree to become a licensed psychologist, paraprofessionals are able to work in the psychology field with much less education and training while still engaged in important and meaningful work that directly affects others’ lives in a positive manner. This entry first describes the roles of paraprofessionals who have various educational backgrounds. Subsequently, it examines typical tasks performed by paraprofessionals and ...

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