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    PhD/PsyD Clinical Psychology

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  1. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Hi folks, just checking in. I've submitted most of my apps at this point, except for WJC and U Hartford (the latter of which needs to calm down with all the essays it requires). Took the GRE a week and a half ago and scores just came in - 168V, 160Q, 5.5 AW. I'm not super happy about the Q score, but it is what it is. Hopefully the nice V will make up for it. Now we sit and wait patiently for the LOR writers to get their act together xD
  2. dancedementia

    Master’s in Counseling w/ Mindfulness Training?

    Very few masters programs will have a focus on any particular orientation - there simply isn't enough time to devote to developing a theoretical orientation in depth. If you are interested in learning more about DBT/ACT, I suggest just getting books and reading on your own time (PM me if you want a few samples). You might also want to search for programs who have practicum/internship affiliations with sites that would be more open to using DBT/ACT/MBCT.
  3. dancedementia

    GRE 2nd time around...

    Magoosh, hands down. They have a test bank of 700 questions, each with a detailed explanation (in both video and written form), along with instructional lectures. Grind grind grind. You got this!!
  4. dancedementia

    NYU or TC Master

    Go for TC. They have a great record of graduates who go on to PhD/PsyD programs (which is what I assume you're after). In the event that you don't get in, you can always apply for both the following year.
  5. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Y'all have time! I would start panicking around the end of October The reason I'm trying to get all of my stuff in ASAP is b/c I'm also juggling a major research project and taking my masters-level licensing exam (which also counts as our exit exams) next month (ugh).
  6. dancedementia

    Best Psyd Schools

    The best thing to do is go to the APA accredited programs list and look at all the PsyD programs' student outcomes sheets. With the way psychology is going right now, you probably want programs that have 80%+ internship match rates. Also, what is considered "favorably viewed by leaders in the field" really depends on what field you're trying to get into. As a personal anecdote, when I was working at McLean Hospital, quite a few PsyDs there had their degrees from University of Hartford or MSPP. Neither of those schools are gold standard, but they placed a lot of students for externships at McLean because of the geographical closeness; those students were then able to knock it out of the park at their externships and when they later applied, got offers to work there. Similarly, if you're looking for programs that focus on specific populations, specific theoretical training (e.g. La Salle is known as the top CBT program in the Philly area; don't apply there if you're psychodynamic), or have access to specific cities/hospitals, that is another thing to consider. I'm assuming if you're looking at PsyD programs, the clinical placements matter a lot more to you than being an uber-productive researcher; that's why you should consider strength of practica/externships and internship placement heavily (that said, make sure you are interested in at least one faculty member's research because yes, you'll have to do some). Also be wary of any PsyD program that makes you wait too long to get in the field. The good programs will send you to in-house clinics and practica no later than Y2; I remember looking at one program (can't remember which) where practica was only required in Y4, which is way too late for a scholar-practitioner model (for any model, really....)
  7. Hey! I know I'm very late responding but... what resources are you currently using? What study plan are you following?
  8. dancedementia

    Tips for Psychology Subject Test GRE

    All I did was skim the Kaplan GRE book (keep in mind some of the clinical stuff is outdated - e.g. we're on DSM-5 now instead of DSM-IV-TR, but that is such a small section that you don't need to worry). I only started studying a week prior to the exam. I didn't have a psych undergrad and basically guessed on every single question relating to neuroscience, learning/memory, or cognition. I scored a 720, which was above average for most of my schools, so I left it at that. Study the Kaplan book and you should be fine. If you need/want a higher score, then skim through some intro psych books.
  9. dancedementia

    Universities offering PhD in Clinical Psychology

    Get this book! https://www.amazon.com/Insiders-Graduate-Programs-Counseling-Psychology/dp/146253211X/
  10. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Sent in most of my apps and SOPs. Prodding my recommenders to send in LORs. Some schools also don't have updated apps online yet so I'm waiting on that (esp the PSYCAS schools since PSYCAS doesn't update for the new year until Sept 13th).
  11. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    For those of y'all who want to study health disparities, minority mental health, multiculturalism, etc, I suggest you look into PhD programs in Counseling Psychology as well. Those are some big tenets of Counseling Psych and you'll find some amazing programs. University of Houston's counseling program has at least 3 researchers who focus on Hispanic and/or African-American mental health, if not more.
  12. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Just spent the day doing apps. I'm starting to get really nervous about the GRE - my scores from undergrad expired a few months, and I'm so terrified that my upcoming retake is going to be so much worse. It's been a long time since I've done math, y'all! Hope everyone else is doing well!
  13. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Hey folks! Just checking in again. I made my FINAL list and am starting to write SOPs/get LORs/fill out apps. Ahhhhh I can't believe it's actually happening!! Antioch University (Clinical PsyD) University of North Texas (Counseling PhD) LIU Brooklyn (Clinical PhD) Drexel University (Clinical PhD) U Hartford (Clinical PsyD) Suffolk University (Clinical PhD) Xavier University (Clinical PsyD) Rutgers (Clinical PsyD) Springfield College (Counseling PsyD) Yeshiva University (Clinical PsyD) William James College (Clinical PsyD) <-- safety Northeastern University (Counseling PhD) Chestnut Hill (Clinical PsyD) Immaculata University (Clinical PsyD) Good luck everyone!
  14. dancedementia

    Advice on securing post-bacc paid RA opportunities?

    There is also this tried and true job board. It's full of spam, but you can easily pick out the legitimate posts by how many views there are. http://post-bacc-ra-opportunities.1115000.n5.nabble.com/
  15. dancedementia

    PhD Final Decision Thread Fall 2018

    Tough one to get into and one of my reach schools for next year. Congrats!!

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