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PsyD or Bust

Sep 16 '14

Anonymous asked:

How many internship interviews did you get? I'm looking at some sites now, but they have like 200 applications! I'm starting to worry about my odds of getting an interview anywhere.

I got interviews at ~70% of the sites I applied to, mostly because I focused on sites that were a really good match for my training. I think 3-5 interviews is the average, assuming you apply to 15?

One helpful tool for increasing your odds was this probability chart. I think I saw it on Tumblr last year, and it helped sort out which sites were reaches and which were safeties. If the probabilities of getting an interview were too low, I didn’t waste $50 on an application. 

Just don’t let the odds of getting an interview be your #1 criteria. The quality of the training and your interest in the site should be top priorities. 

Slightly related: one thing that no one tells you about is the importance of name recognition (of your grad program). All of my rejections were at sites that were completely across the country. I did get a few interviews that were far away, but they’d all had some sort of contact with my grad program, whether it was through previous interns, other clinicians, etc. They knew my program was a good one. That’s something no one wants to talk about, but it is very relevant if you don’t come from a big name university. It might be helpful to keep that in mind when sending out an application.

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Sep 16 '14

Anonymous asked:

Do you think that a psyd program is easier than a phd? also, do psyd have to do a dissertation? one person on a forum told me that they do. i am not really into research

I think it just depends on the person’s perspective. Some people find clinical work easier and struggle with research, while others have the opposite opinion. And there are really difficult programs on both sides, and programs that aren’t as difficult. Some programs give really great training, but the professors are not as supportive. Some programs have really great professors, but maybe the local training sites are really tough. 

Yes, all doctoral programs have to complete some sort of dissertation or research. The ability to understand, conduct, and practically apply scientific research is one of the main things that separates doctoral level folks from bachelor level folks.

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Sep 16 '14

Anonymous asked:

can you give me a good definition for what "research" is? In grad school student need to do research what exactly does that mean? and what are examples of it?

Research can mean a whole bunch of things, but essentially it is when you have a question (a hypothesis), so you go through a process to try to answer that question. Most research in grad school involves some sort of experiment. Other involve sending out surveys to measure certain behaviors, beliefs, or whatever, and trying to find connections between the variables. Some research is as simple as reading about all of the experiments on a topic and summarizing it into one nice neat package (a meta-analysis).

Here’s a common type of experiment you might find in grad school: You are interested to find out if people who eat lots of chocolate have less anxiety (your hypothesis). So, you read a lot of the articles about anxiety, eating habits, chocolate, etc. After reading all of the articles, you design an experiment, where you have a half of your participants eat one bar of chocolate a week and fill out a questionnaire to measure anxiety symptoms, while the other half cannot eat any chocolate, but they still fill out the questionnaire. If the chocolate group has less anxiety, then that might support your hypothesis! Boom! Research magic!

(There are a whole lot of statistics issues to take care of first, but that’s what you learn in grad school)

Research isn’t so scary. It’s just a matter of finding something that interests you enough.

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Sep 16 '14

When your phone goes off in session

Bonus awkward point if you were video recording the session…

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Sep 15 '14

Anonymous asked:

I'm in the process of applying to Grad schools and I'm wondering if I need to take the Psych Subject GRE test? Does it make a difference to schools?

It doesn’t make much of a difference. Check the school’s application. Some schools like to see it. Some require it if you don’t have a degree in psych (or related field). Very few require it from everyone. When it doubt, contact the graduate admission’s office and ask.

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Sep 15 '14


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Sep 14 '14

Anonymous asked:

it says the program is accredited by Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). i see alot of jobs available on indeed for clinical psychology in my state. what if i cant get a job with any other type pf psychology degree, then i would have wasted time and money :(

1) I don’t know much about CACREP, because I don’t come from a  counseling program. A quick google search told me that it’s a good accreditation to have for a counseling program. Clinical psych is different than counseling psych (which was very briefly talked about HERE).

2) I’ve never heard of Indeed. But it’s only one place to look for jobs. Have you looked at Some psychology journals still have classified ads in the back if you’re really desperate. There are tons of places to look for openings, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t find what you’re looking for right away.

3) If you can’t find an opening at an existing business, you can start your own practice! That’s a completely different can of worms, but 

So please please please don’t get discouraged. No matter what degree you end up getting (masters, doctorate, clinical, or counseling), there will be a job somewhere, because psychology is a growing field. Getting an education is never a waste of time or money, if it’s something you want. You might not end up where you thought you would, but you’ll end up somewhere.

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Sep 14 '14

Anonymous asked:

im look at a phd program at a private university and its a phd in counseling but its not APA accredited is that bad? should i just look at another school?

In general, you should really shoot for an APA accredited program. It indicates that the program meets certain standards. Some states (most states?) require that you have a degree from an APA program in order to get licensed as a psychologist. Are they applying for accreditation? Or is there some reason why they aren’t? It might be a good question to ask if you’re seriously considering the program.

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Sep 14 '14

Anonymous asked:

do you think having a masters in clinical psych can get me a job? with decent pay that is...i'm not sure if i can handle a doctorate program, prelim exams etc

Sure! There are a few licenses that you can get at the master’s level, including an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA), and a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). The requirements vary by state, so make sure you check the state you live in/want to practice in. 

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Sep 12 '14

Anonymous asked:

how hard is statistics? i did beginners algebra past semester and i failed sadly, and i didnt do college algebra yet but i know that i am not good in algebra.

I didn’t find stats too hard. It’s much more practical than algebra. In a PsyD program, statistics aren’t stressed too much. It’s mostly “which formula do you need to use to answer this research question?” I don’t understand one bit of why the formulas work, but I know exactly what button to push on my computer to give me the number I need.

This will probably be different if you go to a PhD program or a research-heavy PsyD program.

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