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  1. I'm no longer in first year, but I found maintaining work-life balance to be a challenge and I'm constantly refining this as I get older in PhD years. That's why my first bit of advice that I give to incoming students is to build that balance into your routine so it becomes a habit! As grad students we face the conflicts of "What is good, is bad; what is bad, is good" syndrome (the less talked about cousin to Imposter Syndrome) where we can feel guilt and shame for not focusing on our research productivity and, instead, think that working many hours is a good thing (it's not. You'll feel burnt out and STILL feel bad). But grad school is a lifestyle and lifestyle habits would benefit the most from consistency. So practice self-care and build that into your routine. Try to set your schedule so you have time that is fixed AWAY from work and school and more on yourself and the close people by your side. Also, remove push notifications on your phone so that you don't get bombarded by emails and feel the urge to reply right away. There's nothing worst than having a good day and then seeing the dreaded email from supervisors asking you about your progress! In grad school, you get A LOT of emails already!
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    It could be program-dependent but I heard back during the last week of March in 2017. Regardless, both doctoral and masters-level decisions should be released soon!!
  3. I agree with previous responses that with a non-clinical, experimental program it is still possible to get into a PhD Clinical Psychology program (with caveats). The Masters will help you generate some research traction, perhaps allow you to publish or present at conferences, and that is important for your development when pursuing a PhD later on. With that being said, there is a strong likelihood that you will need to supplement your training with clinical courses either way. Anecdotally, I have a colleague who completed her counselling Masters at TC and had to complete the full MA/PhD in Clinical Psychology in the program that I am currently in. I had another colleague who completed a different Masters outside of Psychology and entered at the PhD level. Unless its a direct-entry PhD program with no Masters, most programs that are MA/PhD are lengthier because there are a lot of clinical requirements that are needed during the 2 years of the Masters. The difference between my two colleagues is that the latter's Masters research was more relevant to the clinical lab that he was accepted into. Both of them still had to take the introductory clinical courses regardless of the level that they entered at. Either program you choose, a recommendation is to get as much research experience as possible out of it. If you did go to UBC for the research methods program, you should try to merge your clinical interests (what populations are you interested in working with?) with that Masters to show that you have the relevant skills to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. Likely you will have to take additional courses to supplement anyway, and, possibly, another Masters. If that's the case, maybe the most cost-effective program will be more useful.
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    International student Internship/practicum placement

    I think you might mean "psychometrist" here. Psychometrists administer assessments under the supervision of a licensed practitioner while a "psychometrician" creates and studies the validity of tests and measures. It seems like Anita's experiences may be better served for a psychometrist role initially until she decides if she wants to pursue further education to practice as a clinical psychologist in North America
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    I have a colleague who completed his doctorate at Adler, completed several accredited practicum placements in well-recognized hospital settings, and currently has a position at one of these hospitals. I would say that this is a rare outcome for a PsyD graduate, but not impossible. You may want to connect with the program and ask them where recent graduates have found employment to see what historical information they can provide.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Echoing those above, having a MSc with relevant research is sometimes sufficient to receive a direct-entry into PhD. I've had several colleagues do this. With that being said, look at the programs you are applying to and what is expected or required at the MA and PhD levels. Often students with a previous Masters assume that it'll cut their time in the program to apply into PhD. In reality, you will likely have to catch up all of the MA clinical courses and complete all of the clinical requirements in the first two years of the program WHILE trying to juggle external practicum applications, dissertation proposals, and other PhD-level requirements at the same time. A lot of the Canadian programs are MA/PhD because they are packed with degree requirements. You may find that you are not really shaving that much time off by foregoing the Masters.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Come back as a veteran in a year or two and prove those five schools wrong. Best of luck @higaisha!
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    I've heard of a few offers and some rejections for the NP area. Might be good to reach out to your POIs now so you can hear about the decision instead of anticlimatically finding out on MyFIle. Best of luck to you @Neurophilic and to everyone else!!
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    It is habitual. 4 years later...I'm still here (periodically). It is also intrinsically motivating to help out fellow Canadian applicants!
  10. Jay's Brain

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    FYI some offers have begun to trickle out from York across both the C and CD areas
  11. One way is to be formal and concise - thank them for their offer but you have chosen to accept another offer. It may seem blunt, but it's also polite and you are not under any obligations to give more than that. Depending on how you felt about the program/POI, you can choose to explain a little bit more. Perhaps the decision was swayed by competitiveness of funding package, location, research interests, etc. Either way, just as you may have received offers and rejections, the POIs also have and it won't be the end of the world for either of you. I have done both, choosing the former for a program that was ranked lower on my personal list and the latter for a program that was ranked higher in my decisions. Both were collegial and there was no concern.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    It may be helpful to connect with your POI and let he or she know that you've received OGS
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    From experience, most of the candidates that are invited to the Open House will be the ones that the POIs and adcomm will choose from when giving out offers. There have been cases where applicants who are not invited to the Open House end up interviewing afterwards. I would say be on the lookout unless your application is updated to unsuccessful
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    The department is going through a lot of job talks over the next two months (about 15-16!?) so there's a chance that a lot of the faculty members are preoccupied with that. The Open House for Clinical/Clinical-Developmental is slated for Feb 15 so there's still time!
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    I've had that experience before and the POI had invited their small pool of candidates to have dinner with him and his lab. I suspect it was to see the type of people each applicant was and how well we mingled with the lab. Needless to say, it made me quite anxious and it was hard not to judge myself with other students. If this is a similar set-up to your situation or even by yourself, the best advice I can give is to hold your nerves for the duration of the dinner and just be your regular self. You've made it this far because of merit but also because you are more than capable of presenting yourself the right way. Just treat it as a conversation (and that goes with the actual interview), and be your best self that night. Good luck!

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