Mike Cash wrote:
That you didn't have enough Japanese ability to make a search for it yourself and very easily find information in under a minute was sufficient indication that your language abilities lag so far behind that bringing them up to speed in time to make this a realistic professional goal isn't likely. It's why I initially passed up responding to the thread.
All it takes is a J-Google on 臨床心理士 資格 ("clinical psychologist" and "qualifications") and there's more stuff than you can shake a stick at. That you were unable to find anything in English should be another clue as to the impracticality of this, in addition to the very valid points that Keats raised.
Here's a relevant sentence from the Wikipedia entry on clinical psychologists:
Unless you plan to graduate from one of the graduate schools listed in section 4 you will not even be able to sit the exams for acceptance by the professional board in Japan.
Fortunately for you, there is no national exam and if you otherwise meet visa requirements and can convince people to come to you, then I suppose you can practice here. But the likelihood of being hired by a hospital absent credentials from the Japanese accrediting body is a gamble....and I would take the under on that.
There may be options for working serving a mostly foreign client base. But if you're planning on working at a Japanese hospital doing one-on-one counseling for Japanese clients in Japanese....you're not being realistic.
And to answer your last question....learning Japanese is indeed a "phase" or a "fad" with most people I encounter in places like this. The vast majority just fade away after a while. And over the years I've observed inquiries from countless youth who despite never having been to Japan in their lives were sure it was where they were destined from birth to live forever-n-ever-ever-n-ever and they were burning with a white-hot oh-my-gosh-I'll-do-anything-I'll-die-if-I-don't-get-to-Japan fever. And I usually offer to take the day off work to pick them up at the airport when they get here.
I have yet to miss a day of work on account of them.
The more afire they are, the less likely they'll ever show up even as a tourist.
What on God's green earth gives you the idea you want to settle down and have a career in this country anyway? Have you lived here before? How do you know you could even tolerate it? Do you realize that among Western foreigners staying here beyond even such a short time as three years places you among a very tiny minority? Only a tiny sliver of those who come here manage to stay past that.
I know a few scattered foreigners who have stayed longer, 20+ years and no intention of going anywhere. And of them I don't know a single one who had it as their intent to do so prior to coming here. Let me recap that for you: People who come here intending to stay forever either never show up or they usually bail out in less than three years (or when they reach/approach 30 or their kids approach school age.....whichever comes first). People who stay here forever never really meant to; it just sort of worked out that way.
So you basically ignored my other post. Am I moving to Japan this year blindly? Am i finishing school this year? No, learn before you speak.
What basis do u have to make the assumption that i will just stop learning Japanese and give up on it? You don't know me or how long I have been studying Japanese.
Do you think I am one of those "kids" that learns the language because of those cute wide eyed girls, and those totally cool animes? If you do, you are completely wrong, just because those are the ones you encountered in the past does not mean that other students of Japanese culture are the same.
And what about people who come from other countries to America to become psychologists or doctors? Do they know the culture of Americans? No, but they learn it. They find ways to. Nothing is impossible.
What I get out of you is, I learned Japanese, I am a super human and no one else will ever learn it.
And you'll pick up anyone who is going? Awesome, my friend and I are going this June so you can pick us up at Narita.