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  1. There are several dozen countries in those regions. Who can practice as a LMHC (or whatever the equivalent is) may vary widely, or the type of job you have may not even exist in some countries (for example, somewhat unrelated, several countries functionally have no neuropsychologists), I advise you think about a few countries you want to live in and then google policies for those countries. This forum won't help you narrow this down given the wide variety of policies.
  2. If you continue on an upward trajectory and have other good experiences under your belt (e.g., publications, research, conference, a good GRE score), it shouldn't matter too much what your first semester was. Did you already apply, or are you applying in the future? If the future, I would probably mention (briefly) why the first semester was hard and how determined you are (as evidence by the grade change) to get better at your grades.
  3. Anywhere from a few weeks to 1.5-2 months. It's a long-game.
  4. I'm happy to chat over PM but I personally don't think it's relevant what programs they are because I feel globally the policy is 1-2 single or 2-3 double for most programs, unless they state explicitly otherwise.
  5. Mine was two single-spaced and it worked out fine for me (7/10 interviews); I just cut back for the 1-2 schools that had explicitly shorter requirements. Anything beyond 2 pages single is too much. I personally find single-space easier to read for personal statements than double-space.
  6. First off, I am sorry for all of that frustration -- that really sucks! I think explaining this narrative in your SOP shows your resilience and commitment to the field and studying in the USA. Definitely use it to your advantage. I think some decent research with your stats should be fine. Is there any chance that project could be or is in the process of being submitted for publication?
  7. It might be okay. I am happy to offer my opinion via DM if you want me to read a draft. The main thing is to not make your entire life sound like a crusade that may be biased due to personal experiences. However, everyone in the field knows we are human and have experiences, such as personal/family mental health problems. It's just a matter of writing about it well.
  8. You want to humanize yourself and tell a good story as a hook, but there are some lines to NOT cross. For example, two common red flags are things like "I was severely anxious, so now I want to study psychology" (I.e., the me-search red flag) and "from infancy, I have always been interested in the human mind and behavior" (i.e., SUPER cliche). Just be genuine. You can tell a story about your experiences in a cogent way and be personal. For example, I talked about how my grandmother's post-mortem diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (confirmed with pathology) contrasted with her diagnosis while living of another neurocognitive disorder and how that launched my interested into enhancing our understanding of the cognitive and clincial profiles of neurocognitive disorders.
  9. One thing I advise if you have novel research questions in mind is working with a potential advisor and use the vast arrays of publicly available data to answer said question. By doing this, you circumvent the issue of a) gathering your own data, or b) asking to use lab data which the mentor way wish to reserve for their purposes or their other mentees (e.g., graduate students). Googling your field + public data is a good place to start. You will still need to a) identify the mentor, and b) go through appropriate university-IRB approvals to get access and use the data ethically.
  10. In terms of your question about DMS-IV vs. DSM 5, I don't recall the subject test being very specific to diagnostic criteria. Some questions may have broadly hinted at differential diagnosis between two wildly different sets of symptoms (like Generalized Anxiety vs. schizophrenia), but most of the test is broader concepts. Unless you have strong background in social psych, I would advise training a lot in the social area, as social makes up about 40-50% of all of the questions. I never took a social class and didn't study much so I bombed that section (but I still got into an excellent school which didn't require psych GRE for me, as a psych grad, LOL 😂). The test may have changed, though, so I advise you to talk to more recent test takers. This was circa 2016.
  11. In general, I would encourage following directions that are outlined clearly like those. I would trim it back to 1000 or less.
  12. It's not that cut and dry. 311 might be okay if you have other good experiences (e.g., publications/posters) that show research productivity. Cognitive psych is also less competitive than other areas (e.g., clinical), so I am unsure.
  13. That's just a way for programs to grow their cash-cow masters' degree programs from the applicants who are ultimately not admitted. I would not think too much of marking that response one way or the other (it's not a test).
  14. Call them or email them again. You can always call the program coordinator if they have one.
  15. Your qualifications are impressive, and I am sorry you've had such a negative experience with the GRE (and posters on this forum). I hope the intent behind sharing perspectives on GRE scores is not to put people down, but to be realistic. Aside from (first) author peer-reviewed publications, the GRE is the only metric that side-by-side differentiates applicants, as GPA mean different things widely by major and college, as do extra-curriculars, etc. . The GRE is a really crappy measure, and does not predict success in graduate school at all, yet many schools refuse to drop this measure because schools want ways they can compare applicants on the same measure. When people chime in saying that your scores are below certain suggested cutoffs, they are stating a fact. It is not to say that you should not apply, but if you don't get interviews, that (quite frankly) may be why. I agree to not rule oneself out and go ahead and apply if you have the resources to do so, but be prepared for the GRE (especially scores below 50th percentile) to be a potential hinderance to the application. This GRE's role is a fact that has been well-discussed by many sources, so down-playing its importance is not advantageous.
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