There's not really much to say except - speak from the heart. It's very obvious when someone is just trying to tell the interviewer what they think sounds like the correct answer, versus someone who really believes in a cause. If you want to send me your SOP I can look over it too, or send you mine for reference. In terms of strengths and weaknesses, I think BU's program really respects and admires someone who can be introspective about their flaws on a deeper level.
Example (a question actually asked in interview): What challenges and struggles do you anticipate facing as a therapist?
Okay answer: I haven't experienced true hardship in my life. While I have stood beside friends who have struggled, I myself have not experienced the death of a loved one, a major loss, health problems, etc. In that way, I am very fortunate and grateful, but I do worry that sometimes it may impact my ability to be an effective and empathetic counselor.
Not so good answer: I focus too much on solving problems. I'm very Type A, so I'm worried that when an individual comes in for therapy, I'll immediately jump to wanting to diagnose and "solve" their issue instead of taking the time to listen to them [note: while this is a genuine answer, it's one I hear a lot and it sounds absolutely canned]
Good answer: I realize that we're all coloured by biases and experiences, be it from systemic racism, or cultural differences, or simply in the hardships that we faced growing up. I fear that, when I am given the responsibility of treating another individual, I may subconsciously make remarks or actions that are insensitive. For example, I grew up with parents who were depressed, anxious, and fielded a number of addictions. I myself was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at a young age. When I see clients with these exact same symptoms, despite my best efforts, I know that I will view them through a different lens than full objectivity. I want to learn how to be okay with those lenses and utilize them advantageously, not detrimentally.
While BU's program is hosted in the school of medicine, they actually take a very holistic, wellness, and systems-based approach to counseling, and they seem to select their class based on this. (For example, it's always the "client", not the "patient").
All programs take a range of students. While many students do have some research, all schools accept a good number of students that have absolutely no research. This is where you fit in. The key for you here is to take whatever experiences you do have and link them to why you are applying to the program and how this specific program will help you get from point A to B. When the adcom sees that their program is NEEDED to help you achieve your career goals, they are more likely to admit you. -selectiveadmissions.com