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Everything posted by PsyDuck90

  1. I think that should be good. I would pair it with neutral pants, shirt, and accessories and let the blazer be the statement piece.
  2. What kind of green? A dark, muted green yes. A bright lime green, no. An unbuttoned black blazer is definitely fine.
  3. I wouldn't classify jeans as business casual. Slacks and a blouse would be your best bet. Sweater really depends on the sweater.
  4. Yeah, the vast majority will be in their early to mid 20s. I'm about to turn 30 as a 2nd year, and I am one of the older people in my whole program. One thing to consider about age is opportunity cost. A doctorate takes 5-7 years to complete, at which time you make next to nothing. Early career psychologists start out at around $75-80k once licensed. If you are starting this process at an older age, this may delay your ability to save for retirement and start a family (especially for females). This is just something to consider when factoring the career change. Plus, it isn't uncommon to have to move at least once during the process if pursuing clinical especially (grad school, internship, and post-doc are all possible moves).
  5. Wake Forest in North Carolina has a funded masters, William Paterson University in NJ offers funding to some students, but I don't believe all, and College of William and Mary in Virginia does as well. If you search, this question has been asked before. I'm sure there are others but those are the ones I remember off the top of my head.
  6. Interesting, I guess California is an exception. Most clinical psych masters around the country are not license eligible since psychology does not have a masters level license option (except for certain people who were grandfathered in in some states, and there is some talk of the APA getting into the game). Social work, Marriage and Family Therapy, school psychology, and counseling are the specific fields that oversee masters level clinicians, so those are the good bets depending on what you wang to do. However, it's important to always do due diligence when choosing a program, but it's good to know that some clinical psych programs are license eligible.
  7. This is another great option. If therapy is your primary goal, a master's level clinical license is another way to achieve that goal. However, as a side note, a masters in clinical psychology isn't a license-eligible degree. Only mental health counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy (MFT) masters degrees lead to licensure.
  8. It really depends. As Clinapp2017 said, for clinical it really is an exception rather than the rule. The school I did my masters at has a very sought after PhD program in a very desirable city, and they put a cap on the number of alum/current MA students they would even interview for the PhD program because they wanted outsiders.
  9. I don't believe so. I've only ever heard of them calling when they know the individual personally.
  10. Have you tried applying to programs before? Even with your final year grades, if your other stats are good and you have good research experience, I don't think that would absolutely tank you. Or maybe you can do a masters to show that you are capable of graduate level work.
  11. I'm sure it's possible, but most people I know who go the neuropsych route also do research within that. However, neuropsych research is pretty broad and can be integrated with a lot of other things such as affective disorders, trauma, etc. To be competitive for neuropsych internships, you need to have a very strong understanding of neuropsych research, be very familiar with neurobiology, and have A LOT of assessment hours.
  12. 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.
  13. Is this a Counseling PhD or Counseling Psychology PhD program?
  14. Take the time to relax and enjoy yourself. Once you start, your free time will be sparse.
  15. That is definitely a fair question. What are their APA-accredited internship match rate and licensure rate?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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."
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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