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    2020 Fall
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    Clinical/Counseling Psychology Ph.D.

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  1. Congrats!! Would you mind sharing the initials of your POI? Thanks!
  2. Lol I was admitted before I sent in my application
  3. Lol I forgot to change the date I received those emails. It was on November 11. They had absolutely nothing to do with the application and it was a glitch. First email: Congratulations again on your admission to UAlbany! Now that you have been admitted, what are the next steps? This webinar will walk you through the rest of the admission process and provide information about UAlbany in general. This is a live webinar, so any questions you have will be answered in real-time. To sign up, please click here to register.Admitted Student WebinarWednesday, November 20 from 3-4PM ESTGraduate Student Panel: Michael Tarasoff- MS Information Science- Intelligence Analysis & Elizabeth Stephenson- Public Health, MPH Follow-up email: You recently received an email from my office inviting you to an admitted student webinar. I apologize for the confusion; you were sent this email in error. While you are a prospective applicant to the University at Albany, a decision has not been made about admission. Once a decision on your application has been made, you will be notified via your online application portal. Thank you for your understanding. So..... nothing really worth discussing here.
  4. I think it depends on the policies in the countries that you are looking at.
  5. It's totally normal to worried about whether we can actually succeed in a PhD program. I would like to share with you the four stages of competence, and how I made sense of where we are and how we should proceed. This is copied and pasted from wikipedia. Unconscious incompetence The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognize their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn.[5] Conscious incompetence Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, they recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage. Conscious competence The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.[5] Unconscious competence The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become "second nature" and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned. As applicants or new graduate students, it is likely that we are transitioning from unconscious incompetence stage to conscious incompetence stage. We consistently reflect on our own abilities and characteristics during the contemplation and application processes for a new career, and this is when we start to become more cognizant of our shortcomings and what might prevent us from succeeding. The process of self-reflection can cause a wide range of responses such as self-doubt, anxiety, self-denial, etc. Our natural negative bias also lead us to focus more on what we cannot do than what we are capable of, which makes this process even scarier. Also, currently we can only have a vague sense of what we should accomplish in grad school because detailed expectations differ between programs and faculty members, we cannot pinpoint what exactly needs to be done to improve our competence. However, I believe that graduate programs are expecting the applicants to be incompetent to function as independent scholars or there is no need for people to attend graduate studies. I think the goal of PhD education is to help us realize what to improve and assist us in making these improvements and becoming competent. I agree with @justacigar and @imemine's point that the most important thing for us is to understand what fuels our passion and what we want to achieve in our lives and careers. I guess this is why "goodness of fit" is valued so much in the admission process, because we can benefit the most from the program only when our goals and ideas of competence align with the training goals of the program. Insight and clarity are key components to our careers and lives in general. When you are in doubt, try to remind yourself what got you this far, and what helped you to decide making this leap.
  6. It looks like you have truly found your calling, and you are clearer than ever about what you want for your life and your career! The degree is not called "doctor of philosophy" for no reason --- the ultimate goal of earning this degree is to answer the questions of what clinical psychology is, how the field of clinical psychology have been developed, and where the field should move on in the future. The first step might be to ask these questions about ourselves, and I can see that you already have some very thoughtful answers. This clarity will get you far! Best of luck in your application process!!
  7. I think it depends on why you want to include a personal story in your SOP, and how relevant it is to your research and clinical experience. If you can use your story to tie your experiences together and provide a cohesive and coherent demonstration of your personal characteristics and motives for pursuing a doctoral degree, adding this story to your SOP will be a plus. But if you decide to do that, make sure it is within a few sentences, and not disclose too much detail of your personal information or anything that is supposed to be confidential.
  8. If I were you I would be sending the 2019 score. You scored pretty much the same on quant, but significantly better on verbal. In most of the research on GRE scores and grad school admission, the findings indicate that the admission committee do not consider AW as much as the other two scores. Also, an AW score of 4.5 at the 81st percentile is already quite competitive.
  9. I second that. Professor could have very different work styles and schedules, and some just prefer to wait until deadlines are getting close. I saw in your earlier posts that this professor was aware of your requests for recommendation, so I would suggest you to trust this person. But sending in another email reminder or making a phone call should give you some more assurance. No matter how severely someone procrastinates, they must have learned to strictly follow deadlines to get their PhD in the first place.
  10. Hey y'all, I will be applying to clinical/counseling psychology PhD programs for Fall 2020 admission, and currently I am trying to decide who my recommenders will be. I completed my BS in psychology in 2017, did one year of post-bacc RA (part-time, no pay), and currently working towards my master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. I have secured an LOR from my undergraduate research supervisor with whom I worked closely for three years, and another one from my academic advisor in the counseling program who could primarily comment on my academics and development in counseling skills. I am currently torn between the options I have for my third LOR, and I would greatly appreciate any advice! Here are my options: 1. The professors with whom I took Research methods in the Counseling program. In that class, we completed a research proposal of our own interest from scratch, and she provided individual feedback and supervised our research design across the semester. I worked for her the next semester as teaching assistant for the research course, and she supervised me evaluating students' research questions and writing, and I presented a few times in class on academic writing and APA format. I also took the career counseling course with her. The only drawback about her is that she graduate with a PhD in Education in 2018, and her current title is visiting assistant professor. I am not sure whether admissions would judge recommender's experience, education background, and tenure-ship status. 2. The tenure-track faculty member in the counseling program who will supervise my independent research study in the coming Fall. I will be working with her individually from IRB submission to manuscript writing. The issue is that I have not taken any class with her before, and I don't know if working together for two months could help her write a strong letter about me. 3. The post-doc fellow I have been working with in a research unit at a medical school since last September. I had been helping the study team on an RCT study (not in my preferred research topics) as a research intern, and I'm usually in the research unit once a week. My main duties were entering data, managing database, and preparing questionnaire packets for dispatch. I meet with her weekly, and discuss the process of data collection and issues I noticed in the collected data. I don't think we will get to a point where we can perform data analysis by December, and it is hard to commit more time to the research unit due to my other duties. 4. My clinical supervisor at the outpatient mental health clinic where I am doing my counseling practicum and internship. I currently see 6 clients per week, and I meet with her twice a week to update treatment progress and discuss any issue I encounter during sessions. I know that she thinks highly of my clinical work, but she does not have much experience in academia. Please let me know about your thoughts! Thank you in advance for your insight and advice.
  11. Hey Nghi, Hope you are doing well in your search for post-bacc research positions! Your plan was almost exactly the same as mine when I graduated with a bachelor's in psychology in 2017 hoping to apply to PhD in clinical/counseling psychology one or two years after working in a full-time research position. I do not mean to discourage you, but I would want you to know that you are not alone if the job application process gets rough. I, too, am an international student on F-1 visa, and I found the job application process extremely frustrating because of visa issues. My OPT lasted for one year, but most labs would prefer hiring someone who would stay for two years. I got very close to landing a few positions, but the labs were not allowed to hire me because HR refused to apply for H1b for me. I sincerely hope that you will have an easier time getting a job, but I would recommend having a plan B of applying to master's programs that helps for future PhD applications in addition to applying to PhD programs if getting a post-bacc position is not a viable option.
  12. Hi! I just took the GRE last week (V165, Q166), and I'm still waiting on my writing score (I expect no less than a 4, for that's what I got three years ago). I used the Magoosh GRE flashcards app, and I found it helping me a lot! I went through the 1000 words/20 lists twice (once between May to June, and the second time two days and the morning before the test), and used the Princeton 1027 prep question book, all six prep tests from the Cracking the GRE Premium Edition (two in the book and four online), and the two prep tests provided by ETS. I also found preparing the argument essay really helped me with the "which statement strengthens/weakens an argument" questions in the verbal section. I can't speak much for the math section, because I didn't really prepare for it. But definitely practicing as much as possible is key! Good luck on your GRE!
  13. I'm with you! And I also applied to mental health counseling programs. I'm currently waiting on my top choice, for which I was waitlisted late Feb after the first interview in Jan, interviewed by the program director once again last week, and expecting to hear about the final decision in less than 48 hours (as I was told that I should be hearing back mid this week). So anxious that I'm completely losing my mind! Also, I have a few other programs telling me that my application is still under review.
  14. @Pugislife Hmmmm interesting...... I'm pretty sure that when I was looking at the program, the official website said the deadline was 2/1..... It has to be my mind playing tricks on me, or they changed their deadline for some reason. No wonder why I haven't heard anything from them so far.
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