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Everything posted by PsyDuck90

  1. It's ok. Those other stats seem fine. The licensure is still a little low, even with that argument. Especially since that brings up some ethical concerns for me (are they billing themselves as a doctorate level provider while operating on their master's because that goes against APA ethics codes). That's a separate issue entirely though and not necessarily related to the school's training.
  2. Is this a Counseling PhD or Counseling Psychology PhD program?
  3. Take the time to relax and enjoy yourself. Once you start, your free time will be sparse.
  4. That is definitely a fair question. What are their APA-accredited internship match rate and licensure rate?
  5. As long as you look neat and professional, no one will pay attention to your specific hairstyle. Do what makes you comfortable and works for your hair.
  6. Honestly, divulging this in an SOP can be a kiss of death. I have heard many faculty (in various schools) state that they would not take students who were interested in such topics for personal reasons. The idea is that it can impact your objective stance. If you haven't already, read "Mitch's Uncensored Advice for Applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology." If you Google it, it comes up right away.
  7. Agreed. As long as the attire is professional, it is fine. Ankle pants are still professional, but the material/cut impact how professional they are. It's definitely OK to show some personality, but it's also a double-edged sword. If someone walks in with a lime green blazer, the thought may be "ohhh they are showing who they are!" Or it may be "....does this person have issues with social norms? What other behavioral red flags can we find?" The interview is often times to do a personality check. You already look good on paper, so a big part of the interview is "would we want to work with this person for the next 5-7 years?" Giving room for doubt in that arena is sometimes a deciding factor in the "safe choice" and the "risky choice."
  8. While I love the Pixie pants, I wouldn't advise them for clinical/counseling interviews. They are great work pants, and I wear them on externship a lot (like right now), but they are not formal-looking enough for interviews. Granted, I am in the northeast where we wear suits for every externship interview as well. They're great business casual pants!
  9. Their internship match rates are pretty abysmal (you really only want to look at APA-accredited match rate). Also, taking out over $100k in student loans for a clinical psychology degree is not really recommended. Clinical psychologists simply do not make enough to warrant 6 figures of student loan debt. They also have a 70% licensure rate. PsyDs aren't going into academia, so what are the other 30% of their graduates doing? As a current PsyD student, I would stay away. It doesn't seem worth it.
  10. If you haven't already gotten an itinerary, maybe asking if there are any meet and greets or dinners while you are there. Maybe questions about the weather so you know how to dress? There's always weather apps, but depending on how far out, they may not be accurate.
  11. There is usually a deadline that they give, so as long as you are within that deadline, you are fine. Also, I think the stats estimate that an individual has about a 1-3% of acceptance into any 1 program and a ~10% chance of being accepted at all to a clinical psych PhD.
  12. Honestly, it's far worse of a problem if you are under-dressed than overdressed. Clinical psych tends to skew more formal than not. However, neutral ballet flats are just as professional as medium heeled pumps, so do whatever is more comfortable in that regard (I say this as a woman who hates heels and is in the northeast where we dress in suits for every externship interview as well). Blouse, blazer, and dress pants are usually going to be acceptable in lieu of a matching suit (pants, skirt, or dress). I would strongly advise against jeans. Save those for a social dinner or other more casual event during interview weekend.
  13. I would echo justacigar. Also, definitely talk to your DCT and your advisor. Everyone will have different opinions on this. It also depends on what you ideally want to do. From what I've been told, you want to get a sense of the types of internships you may want and reverse engineer your externship experience to get the recommended experience your ideal internships would want. My program suggests a minimum of 500 intervention and 50-100 assessment (unless, you are going into neuro) by the time you apply for internship. This is based on APPIC match stats. Externships are hard in that you are told to get a breadth of experience while also showing a clear progression towards a career path.
  14. If it was the program calling, they would most likely leave a message or at the very least try again later. It would be pretty ridiculous on their part to pass over a candidate just because they didn't answer an unknown phone number.
  15. Definitely wear a suit (whether dress, skirt, or pants is up to you). If you are applying to clinical/counseling programs, it is unlikely you will be overdressed. On the off chance you are, it is better to be overdressed in a full suit rather than be underdressed. Also, I would probably just do a simple ponytail.
  16. Is this for a clinical psych PhD I'm assuming? What are your research interests/what is your research experience? Do your interests align with faculty at these programs? Research fit and experience often trumps GRE/GPA in importance.
  17. .....I don't see anything unethical about helping someone assemble some booklets. I think that person may be over-reacting.
  18. While it is a good idea to give a bit of a buffer in case you need to resubmit things, admissions typically don't look at apps until after the deadline. It's called a deadline for a reason. That's when they want you to submit things by.
  19. Best bet is to just get an intro to psych textbook. Also, have you looked into specific programs? Most of them don't even want the Psych GRE. I would also look into the requirements for admission. Many of them require certain undergrad classes for admission.
  20. In the US, even most PsyDs take more than 4 years. The shortest programs are 4+1 (4 years at the school and 1 year of internship). Some schools will allow you to transfer in some MA level classes. However, the APA and CPA have a reciprocity agreement, so if you complete your doctorate in Canada, you can still apply for APA accredited internships or get licensed in the US with a CPA accredited internship.
  21. Are you required to rotate through labs or can you stick with the one you're in if you're happy there? In my discipline, it's more common to come in wanting to work with a specific person and only changing if something isn't working out for whatever reason. Otherwise, people stay in the same lab with the same mentor until they graduate, possibly collaborating with other faculty.
  22. This is definitely a bizarre situation. I don't know if I've ever seen a formal policy against it, but common sense alone dictates that the TA should not be a current student for a variety of reasons. 1. How can you judge the quality of someone's work when you are not as fluent in the subject matter? A TA is usually someone who did well in a course and then assists in the instruction and grading of material in subsequent semesters/years. It's like the in-between stage of student and professor. 2. How can the TA be impartial if they are grading their fellow classmates? This is another reason why TAs are usually more advanced students because the likelihood of there being much interaction and "history" with the students in the class is unlikely.
  23. Yes, but programs are usually a bit lenient if the LOR is sent within a day or two.
  24. I think that if you do this, I would leave the cultural fit out of it. I would discuss the lab fit, stating that the mentor you were working with left and you have been unable to find someone at your current institution who is doing the type of work you want to do.
  25. The advisor/advisee relationship is a professional one. One hopes that it is positive, but sometimes that is not the case. However, it is usually frowned upon to be friends with your advisor. They are evaluating you throughout your graduate school progress. Sometimes, towards the end of your program, when you are transitioning from pupil to colleague, a more traditional friendship may form. However, that is not always to be expected. The expectation is that this individual aids in your academic, research, and professional growth. Honestly, an advisor who views you as a friend may have boundary concerns that can hinder your academic progress as well, although maybe not as severely as an advisor who is unavailable and/or abusive. Depending on what is going on, I typically meet with my advisor once a week or once every two weeks to talk about research projects. That is about average in my program. I would strongly urge you to keep the personal out of the relationship and just stick with the professional, especially given how strongly this past situation has impacted you. Also, I don't remember if you had mentioned this in any of your other posts, but I recommend you seek counseling regarding the impact that previous relationship had on you to help you move on. Lastly, I don't think a gap is a problem as long as you are doing something relevant with that time. I took a 3 year gap between completing my MA and starting my PsyD program. In that time, I published my MA thesis in an academic journal and worked full time in a job adjacent to my ultimate career goals. I was able to speak to that time in between programs as a time of growth in making me certain of this path and how the knowledge I have will help me succeed in the graduate program.
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