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What is Organizational Therapy?

According to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, organizational psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing:

  • individuals
  • teams
  • organizations

Organizational psychology is the study of working and how to make work a better experience for employees. This leads to a more successful business.

What Does an Organizational Therapist or Psychologist Do?

Organizational therapists and psychologists apply psychology to the workplace. They do this by using psychological principles and research methods to solve problems and improve the quality of work life. They study issues such as:

  • workplace productivity
  • management
  • employee working styles
  • employee morale

They also help top executives, training and development managers, and training and development specialists with:

  • policy planning
  • employee screening or training
  • organizational development

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Who Do Most Organizational Therapists Work With?

Organizational therapists and psychologists work with human resource professionals and  upper level management in developing:

  • interview techniques
  • rating scales
  • psychological tests

These tools help assess competencies in selection, placement, and promotion. Organizational therapists apply principles of learning and individual differences to design and evaluate the utility of training programs. They conduct surveys and research studies to assess organizational climate affecting worker morale and motivation. They advise management on personnel policies and labor-management relations.

What Type of Educational Programs are Available for Organizational Psychology?

Organizational therapists and psychologists can choose what level of education best fits their personal needs and professional goals.  In a master’s program, the student is training to be an industrial organizational (IO) professional. I/O professionals are trained to help organizations and practice I/O psychology. In a Ph.D. program, students are preparing to become an I/O scholar.  An I/O scholar will do the same tasks as the I/O professional, but will also use those experiences to advance our general understanding of I/O through research.

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Sean Jackson is a former teacher with nearly a decade of classroom experience teaching social studies at the high school level. Additionally, he has worked with at-risk youth in the context of drug prevention and skills development programs and in individual and group therapy settings. He has been a freelance writer since 2013 and writes most frequently on topics related to psychology, education, and self-improvement. Sean holds a B.A. in psychology, a B.A. in secondary education, and an M.S. in counseling. When he’s not working, Sean enjoys woodworking, home improvement projects, sports, and spending time outdoors in big, beautiful Wyoming.