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Everything posted by dancedementia

  1. There's just so many myths flying around. I've heard people tell me that if I didn't have a publication, good luck getting in anywhere. I've had people tell me that with my 2 national conference presentations + 3 regional conference presentations, that I'm a shoe-in. I've had people tell me to do research work only in my area of interest; I've had people tell me to broaden my horizons and get lots of different experiences. I would reach out to grad students at specific institutions you're looking at and ask if you can ask them a few questions. Most of them have been happy to help me out with the nuances of their particular school.
  2. Whoaaa, Baylor is crazy hard to get in, congrats!!
  3. Accepted across the board! Will be starting at Texas State this summer. Congrats everyone so far!
  4. Hi there. Some PhD programs that I'm looking into offer a general GRE waiver if the applicant has already obtained a masters degree (with a sufficiently high GPA). If these cases, is it a good idea to take the waiver? Or is it better to CYA and submit the GRE scores anyways (I guess to prove that you don't have anything to hide)?
  5. Congrats!!
  6. Congrats!! Super tough program to get in. You'll love Boston!
  7. School: Texas State UniversityProgram: MA Clinical Mental Health CounselingDate of Notification: 03/09/2017Method of Notification: Email. At 10pm, no less!Thoughts: Overwhelming relief! As some of you may know, I had to withdraw from my other masters program (at BU School of Medicine) due to financial hardship. I was so terrified I couldn't get in anywhere to complete my studies, haha. This is a very well respected program in the state. Still waiting to hear back from Univ of Houston (my top choice) but still overjoyed I have at least one acceptance.
  8. Damn masters programs are killing me with the waiting. I know it's only been a month since the deadline but I'm so antsy I check the application portal like 5x a day lol...
  9. Try some courses on edX too! Here's a good one specifically for the social sciences: https://www.edx.org/course/data-analysis-social-scientists-mitx-14-310x-1
  10. I would actually argue that BC's program is pretty competitive. Their profs are also known for being ridiculously nitpicky for completely random reasons. But that's all hearsay from several BC master's students I know.
  11. Congrats!! It's always so uplifting to hear of people getting into their #1 choice
  12. Congrats!! UH has so many great research centers and groups, I'm jealous! Who was your POI?
  13. Can you PM or post your POI? I ask because there are a few faculty members I am very interested in working under (they match my research interests to a T), but I also wouldn't be applying for PhD for another 1-2 years. I need to be let down gently lol.
  14. Anyone applying for masters heard back from U-Houston yet?
  15. UTD takes forever to send out results. I didn't get my rejection from them last year until June lol. UT Tyler tends to be more responsive and I've heard good things about their program, so good luck! If you're looking at an experimental/research based masters, have you considered UTSA's M.S. Psychology program? It's very similar to UTD's but they make no attempt to hide that it is basically a PhD prep program haha.
  16. I wish I could tell you! There are some stats on Peterson's (see here) but it includes all of the department, not just the M.Ed Counseling program. Fingers crossed for both of us, maybe we'll be classmates next fall
  17. I had a very specific reason for going into counseling psychology over clinical psychology - I wanted to work in university counseling centers, which are well known for preferring counseling psychologists over clinical psychologists (don't ask me why). In terms of the diversity approach, more and more clinical psych programs are also emphasizing that, so I don't see it as a particularly compelling reason to choose one over the other. I do think that research interests play into the choice - most of the well-known clinical psych programs in my state focus research on neuropsych, clinical disorders, etc. whereas the counseling psych programs explore questions that have more of a social psych and/or systems background as well; the outcome for clinical psych research seems to be geared towards health applications whereas counseling psych research seems more suited for understanding populations. This is, of course, a very narrow sample size focusing on my state's programs specifically, but this is the general feel I get.
  18. No, not at all. Think of it as a Maslow's hierarchy problem - if I'm an alcohol addicted, lower SES, unemployed single mother, my first line of needs would probably be to get my symptoms under control so that I can hold down a job, can put food on the table, and can be a nurturing mother. Of course everyone - regardless of SES or background - deserves and has capability to deeply explore ideas of self-actualization, legacy, etc. But for those individuals you mentioned, that is not their immediate need (and most likely not the reason they are seeking and/or referred to therapy). They would be much better served by approaches such as CBT/DBT or systems-based theory rather than the typical psychoanalytic approach. Another tidbit that might help you understand is that a lot of psychodynamic-trained therapists hate diagnosing patients. My clinicians in particular dislike assigning ICD codes from the DSM because they don't like labelling individuals with a "disorder" that needs to be "fixed". In that way, psychoanalytics is really quite the opposite of the medical model; I would also argue that it harmonizes quite well with the newer, popular "holistic" models that focus on 1) treating the whole person and not just the disorder, 2) a wellness model of mental health.
  19. I'm going to offer a different perspective here. I work in a private practice office with a group of psychodynamically-trained psychologists, and damn - they are good at what they do. It also seems like psychodynamically trained clinicians are very focused on pathologizing their clients and even validating the pathology in their research topics. I can't speak to how the research sphere is in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic circles, but in practice that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, a lot of psychodynamically-trained clinicians dislike CBT/behavioral-trained clinicians because they are always "searching for a solution". Simply put, they state that theories like CBT focus on altering cognitions/behaviors, on fixing symptoms, and on changing things... whereas psychodynamics focuses more on understanding the underlying person. Yes, along the way psychodynamics can offer solutions, but the reason for utilizing a psychoanalytic approach usually stems from a more "philosophical" desire. Instead of, "How can I reduce my anxiety symptoms?", the psychodynamic approach addresses, "I'm feeling anxious. Why?" I don't think either approach is better than the other, but as someone who does highly respect the historical underpinnings of psychology, I think the psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approach is useful for certian clients. In my practice's case, most of our clients are middle/upper class, white adults who are wrestling with "higher order" problems - things like anxiety, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, etc. For people who are coming in saying, "I feel uncomfortable with my life, but I can't really pin down why," the psychodynamic approach is perfect for them. It allows them to explore, to address past memories and emotions, to view how that has shaped their lives. It allows them to - in the previous example - figure out the underlying cause of their anxiety, to sit with that discomfort to gain further insight, instead of focusing primarily on techniques to reduce it. For people who are coming in with debilitating depression, alcohol abuse, and uncontrollable fits of anger.... yeah, CBT would probably be better. These are people who do need to work on their cognitions and behaviors. These are not the people who need to delve into the philosophical, unconscious points of their lives. They need fixes. So really, different theories for different patients. Now research, I have no idea, lol......
  20. Hi everyone. Finally getting back into the game. For those of you who don't know, I started a masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling but had to leave due to the HORRENDOUS cost of tuition (and my financial hardship). I'm reapplying to programs in my home state this year (e.g. cheaper tuition by fivefold, more scholarship opportunities, able to live with my long-term boyfriend to save money). Texas State University, M.A. in Professional Counseling University of Houston, M.Ed in Counseling Houston is my first choice, as they also have a great PhD program that I'm trying to schmooze my way in plus, I love the city. Fingers crossed! The application deadline is mid-February for both programs, so I know it's irrational to want an answer so soon, but damn it, I am anxious! xD @JacobW83, you're where I want to be in a few years, applying to PhD programs! Good luck, and let us know how the UH interview goes! EDIT: Wow, lots of southerners in this thread
  21. DELETED, posted in wrong thread!
  22. I'm not sure you're clear on what a "terminal masters" is.... Most "terminal" programs mean you can start practicing as a licensed worker after you graduate (and do your post-grad hours). Things like MSW and CACREP-accredited counseling programs. Since you want to go for a PsyD, are you looking for an experimental masters? I know for certain that UTSA's MA Psychology is NOT terminal. It is a prep program for PhD admissions because it focuses ENTIRELY on research.
  23. End goal is PhD in Counseling Psychology. Have some offers (spring start) for a Masters in Experimental Psychology (e.g. research only, no clinical training) and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (e.g. would lead to LPC/LMHC credential). I hear people say that research prep is best for grad school, but... personally I'd like a fallback plan (LPC/LMHC) in case the doctoral program never works out haha.
  24. University counseling center is the end goal. PhD in Counseling Psychology is more or less required (with LCSW a close second, but the amount of clinical practice done in social work programs is simply not the same. I have the option to do research in my masters program, so I wouldn't be 3 years out of research - I would take a thesis option and already have research arrangements outside of the program. I'm just afraid that taking the clinical masters would be poor signaling to the admissions committee.
  25. The thing is, I have pretty good research experience already. Nearly 5 years of part-time volunteer research spread across 4 labs, 5 posters in the last year alone, a symposium at APA, one paper submitted for pub (no idea when that's going to happen though). The only thing going against me is my TERRIBLE undergraduate GPA (3.0), which I am hoping the masters will help raise. Given this information, would you still recommend a research-focused masters?