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PsyDuck90 last won the day on October 17 2019

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  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.
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