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    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Clinical Psychology Ph.D.
  1. I'm so glad the application process is done...so I can properly stress about getting an interview. Hooray! ? Good luck to everyone out there! We got this.
  2. Hello all! I am applying to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs and I have a question about experiment descriptions for my research and subject experience. I was a research subject first, then I was a research assistant for the same study. I have separated my CV into research experience and volunteer experience. I explained the experiment in each section. Is it redundant to explain the same experiment twice, in two different sections if the description is the same? Or is it better to name the experiment in the first description and just list the name when I refer to it later in my CV, removing the repeated description? I don't want to waste their time, but I don't want to seem as though I wasn't thorough. Thank you!
  3. Palo Alto University Emporia University Bradley University Illinois Stat University (not accredited) Those are just a few. I have looked through many others online. Some program requirements I meet, some I don't.
  4. Considering you have a couple years before graduation time, there are other tasks that might serve you better than studying from a GRE test prep book. If you'd like, there are diagnostic tests available you can take to let you know where you stand. Some note a few areas you may be weak in to suggest extra practice. Other than those, I would suggest reading daily both for pleasure as well to increase comprehension and speed. If you come across a word you don't know, create a flash card for it and practice it until you have no hesitation when answering. Write, rather type, regularly, even if it's like a diary entry, to increase accuracy, speed, and writing skills. Practice proper syntax and sentence variation. There are free practice prompts online if you'd like to write a response for a willing professor to review or provide feedback. Regarding math skills, this could depend on how strong you are in math. If you want to study, Khan Academy online provides free video math lessons and practice problems if I remember correct. If you are able to include math classes in your schedule, it can help keep you sharp for the test. An awesome resource is the Magoosh test prep apps you can get for your phone. They have an assortment of math and vocabulary cards which can help improve and maintain your skills for when test time comes. Intense studying from a test prep program can come 3-5 months before test day. Hope this helps!
  5. GPA 3.1 GRE Verbal: 152 Quantitative: 145 Writing: 3.5 I have considered retaking the GRE, however these scores meet some of the program requirements that I have reviewed while other programs note they do not require GRE or similar test scores.
  6. I graduated with a BA in Psychology last December and am trying to find the right program to suit my intended career goals. My biggest interest is to do conduct research concerning mindfulness and meditation practices. I would love to be able to collect both brain data as well as human behavioral data to support the use of these methods with those with both clinical and non-clinical mental health needs. My interest is to show changes in the brain as well as daily behavior after I have worked with participants. I would like to be able to work with people to teach them mindfulness methods as well as meditation, breathing exercises, possibly yoga or qigong, myself either with individuals, couples, families, or groups. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs such as these have already been used in other studies. Teaching them these skills myself caters to my initial desire to be a counselor/therapist. My subsequent desire is to complete controlled experiments to show the changes in brain activity and structure possibly using EEG, MR, fMRI, basically what I am able to get my hands on. I would like to be able to pair this data with behavioral data collected from self-reports, peer-reports, surveys, or observation. Now, I am willing to settle/begin with doing research around types of neurocounseling methods, mindfulness is just my end game, hopefully. I want to be able to directly work in teaching these skills as well as gathering, cleaning, and analyzing the brain data collected. I am having a difficult time choosing a graduate program to fit my desires. Should my masters be counseling or clinical? Should I look for a cognitive, neuroscience, mental health, behavioral, or research program? Is it more important that the course work covers areas I'm looking into or should I be more concerned with finding a lab/professor to work with? Do I still need to become a licensed counselor/therapist to work with people on these skill sets and exercised or since it is for research are there different requirements? While my desire to do research is new, it is strong and I am willing to work hard to feed both my scientific and social curiosity, I just really want to make the right decisions about my education if I can help it. Thank you!
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