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PsyZei last won the day on December 23 2017

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    University of Iowa - Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
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    Clinically: LGBTQ+ Population & Trauma. Research: Trans Population- Identity Development & Milestones, Minority Stress, Intersectionality, Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Adversity, Resilience.
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    PhD Couple & Family Therapy; MA EMS

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  1. I think this is the common language used when they are saying they like you and want you be in the program but there are still more official hoops to jump through. I know that with the programs I applied to they all used that type of language to say they had recommended me for admission. I've got a recent example because I recently added a MA program to my plan of study during my PhD. Screenshot: So you having been told this sounds like good news, to me, and that at the very least like you can expect to be interviewing in January. Congrats!
  2. I saw on Twitter there is talk about 50%+ applicant increases to various graduate psychology programs this year. https://twitter.com/jayvanbavel/status/1334558142240321544?s=19 I don't know how true this is across the board, but just wanted to post a heads up. If the programs you applied at saw these type of increases, you may end up with a more competitive experience than some of us had in past cycles. Remember to be kind to yourself while waiting for and getting results. I'm rooting for all of you.
  3. That is the worst feeling. This year of all years I feel like it's okay to not be ideal. Good luck!
  4. I included at least two, and sometimes three. This was suggested to me by multiple faculty members (and was a good thing, as at one of the places I interviewed I was one of the few interviewees that didn't get a deer in headlights look when handed a piece of paper and asked to list the three faculty we wanted to work with, in order of preference, if we were accepted to the program). In most programs you won't be working exclusively all the time with only one faculty. So they want to know that you will be a good fit for the whole program. I would focus on my main faculty I wanted to work with,
  5. I would consider matching people up with current grad students through email instead of zoom meetings. I get the need to do zoom meetings with faculty- but zoom fatigue is real (as al of us in clinical programs doing telehealth, on top of likely also taking &/or teaching virtual classes, right now know). I wonder if it wouldn't be less stressful and fatiguing to be able to exchange emails with a current grad student, and would more closely mimic the conversation that occurs between potential students and current students who are matched up together for hosting when in-person interview days
  6. You can get pretty personal. That said, I was very careful on my statement of purpose with what I revealed. There were some things that were personal that I alluded to in every SOP because of the connection to my research and it showing what I overcame (but was worded to do so in a relatively safe manner where I could control the narrative taken away from what I shared). What you are talking about (being the only minority in your town) sounds like an overcoming story that would likely help you in most applications (from my opinion). There were some things about my identity that I left out in m
  7. Hello. Since you are in California it's worth noting that there are a lot more strenuous hoops to jump through for being an MFT in California- I don't know if that is true for being a MSW or not. Personally, I can't think of much that would convince me to move to California and deal with those issues as a MFTer. That said, I'm obviously biased towards MFT, lol- and things would likely not be as big of a deal for you if you are doing your degree in California as far as checking all the right boxes. Either way you go, you can still work with systemic therapy- so you should be able to do sim
  8. Hey, I'm a MFTer also. Yes, you have a good chance for a PhD I think, though Clinical Psych is (of course) as competitive as ever. I'd look at CFT programs with a LGBTQ+ focus in addition to clinical psych and social psychology. We have similar stats. My undergrad was psych, minors in anthropology, sociology, and women's studies. My masters is in Human Development and Family Science, Marriage and Family Therapy. I have certifications in clinical work with trauma as well as working with trauma in families. 4.0 GPAs, some research, presentations, awards, etc... My client and research focus
  9. My experience is they don't normally check individual grades (they may glance at letter grades to get an idea of what your spread is- but again not really going class by class). They may check to see or ask you if you took a particular class, but likely won't ask you what your grade was in it. Even if they did, I don't think a B would make waves- if it was a C or lower it might, but a B will likely be glossed over.
  10. Same advice here basically. I sent all links once I had acceptances from each letter writer. Then I would also send links separately to each person as I followed up with them closer to the time (and then again for the one person who still hadn't written them the day before they were due, lol).
  11. It'll def depend. Some of the schools I interviewed at said they would count some of my MS credits- but those tended to be schools that had PhD programs with attached masters programs. The program I chose to attend requires you already have a MA or MS, so none of the credits transfer. I assume that is because it is assumed you already have a graduate level of comprehension in many topics and you'll be moving forward from there.
  12. So, no- but I did take a less traditional way of merging the two (which I am apparently prone to, being as I did not even start college until my 30s), but I sort of did the opposite of going quant and then clinical. BA is vanilla Psych, then MS is HDFS with a clinical MFT specialization, and I'm now in a PhD for clinical CFT in a research heavy program (housed in a Psychological and Quantitative Foundations department), where the plan is to also pick up a MA in Educational Measurement and Statistics on my way through the PhD. I really enjoy stats and quant a lot, so basically just took e
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