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    2019 Fall
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    Clinical Psychology

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  1. gillis_55

    GRE test dates advice

    I wrote my Subject GRE on September 15th last year, and my General GRE on Oct 29. All my scores arrived at my schools on time, my first deadline being Nov 15th (most were Dec 1st or 15th). My general score was available within 7 days, but my subject score took closer to 6 weeks. I definitely would've been worried if I had written the subject test in October. So, I'd suggest doing the September Subject Test and giving yourself a few weeks off before the General. The time you'll need will depend on your current scores vs. target scores though; personally, I didn't have to study much for the Verbal so I spent those 6 weeks cramming for Quant with Magoosh (supplemented by some haphazard studying months before) with a few days dedicated to AWA. However, that timeline would've been pretty tough if I had needed to fit in studying for Verbal as well.
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    Psy.D vs. Masters

    Hi there! Do you have an interest in conducting research as well? If yes, then go for a PhD in Clinical Psych or a PsyD, with the PhD being heavier on the research vs. practice side (also keeping in mind buckeyepsych's warning about diploma mills for PsyD's). However, if you're interested in clinical practice alone, you can do that with a master's degree in social work or counselling psychology. If you're interested in Marriage & Family Therapy specifically, there is an organization that lists accredited programs for that specialty.
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    How soon is too soon to submit applications?

    This is for clinical psych anyhow - confirming that the soonest you'll be able to submit is when the application portal opens, typically September or October at the latest. I know at least 3/13 schools that I applied to started looking at applications 1-2 weeks before the deadline, so there's a possible advantage in submitting early - but you still won't hear back until after the deadline. YMMV though depending on your area - for less competitive areas they may evaluate apps as they come in and get back to you quickly (e.g., a friend of mine submitted to an MSc program in the UK a couple of weeks before the deadline and heard back 2 days later).
  4. 28 when I applied, accepted in my first cycle. I finished my undergrad in psych at 22 but I decided to work in industry instead of going to grad school. Did that for 6 years, then made the decision to pursue an MA/PhD in clinical psych. In retrospect, I'm very glad I took a break. I was able to save money, gain valuable skills and self-confidence, and really make sure that I was up for 6 more years of school. I'd highly recommend taking some time off from school - you may find another path that's right for you, or it can confirm for you that grad school really is what you want.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    For OGS, I heard back from UOttawa in December and Guelph last week (both waitlisted). Waterloo & UWO be reporting soon, York releases results in May, and UofT/OISE releases results in July.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Nope - it's all in one application thankfully. You fill out your proposal, CV, etc. and then select the 3 schools from dropdown lists. For OGS, it's individual to each school so theoretically you could prepare different proposals for each.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Received 1 alternate offer for CGS-M, 2 "Not Offered". Fingers crossed! It's not at the school I'm attending but it'd still be nice to say "declined" on my CV.
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    Younger/newer faculty vs. older/tenured faculty

    Something else to consider with a new faculty member - they are learning how to be a supervisor and mentor. You won't have any grad students to ask about how they are as a supervisor, and even the POI won't really be able to answer this based on their experience (it will be more aspirational or focused on what they hope to be).There's more of a risk that they may end up being the kind of supervisor you're not well suited for. If you have a good feeling about them after meeting them, it will probably turn out just fine.
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    Tips on Negotiating Offers

    First thing I would say: the only leverage you have is a competing offer from another school. There is really no reason for them to increase your funding if you don't have a better offer on the table. Also, it's still worth asking even if you think the schools are of different ranks. You'll never get extra funding if you don't ask! Finally, I wouldn't recommend asking unless you're seriously considering the school - i.e., don't ask every program that accepted you to match the offer. I'd limit it to 1-2 schools you're trying to decide between. With that in mind, here is the letter I used to the Director of the Program and my POI; they matched my competing offer by requesting extra funds from the Grad Department and I accepted the program. Check your offer letter as they may specify in there who you should contact with questions or competing offers. "Dear Dr. Director and Dr. POI, Thank you again for your offer of admission to Program A at University ABC. I am reaching out because I will be making a decision on which school to accept this month and I wanted to touch base about funding. I received an offer of admission from Program B at University XYZ for $XX,XXX per year in guaranteed funding for 2 years ($XX,XXX total). The offer I received for University A is for $XX,XXX per year in guaranteed funding for 2 years ($XX,XXX total).This leaves a gap of approximately $XX,XXX. I remain very excited about University ABC and the prospect of working with Dr. POI in Program A, but was hoping that something could be done to close the funding gap as $XX,XXX would have a significant impact on my finances over the course of the program. Thank you in advance for your consideration, and please let me know if I can provide any further details to assist at this stage. Warmly, Applicant"
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Received my rejection from Concordia today via email - expected, no interview.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Thanks Hopefully we’ll end up at some of the same conferences next year!
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Officially accepted my offer for the University of Guelph Child & Adolescent Clinical Psych - super excited to get started in September! I released my offers from UTSC and Waterloo, so good luck to those on the waitlist. Message me for POIs if you're interested.
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    Fall 2019 Psychology - Where are you going?!

    Headed to the University of Guelph's Child & Adolescent Clinical Psych program So excited to get started!
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    All official offers went out in early Feb, they’re now waiting to hear back from applicants
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Received a rejection from McGill Counselling MA (project stream) today - it was an email to check the portal. Not too surprised, research fit was not as strong here for me.
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