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humanisticPOV last won the day on January 12 2019

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    Clinical Forensic Psychology, child trauma, cross-cultural assessment of trauma
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    PhD Clinical Psychology

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  1. John Jay sent out about 30 interview invites this morning for a virtual interview day at the end of January. It is unlikely they will extend any other interview offers for this cycle.
  2. Use as much of it as possible, but I would not by any means go over 500, this is a practical skill as grant applications and paper abstracts are also usually word limited.
  3. I've never heard of either of those programs, but your interest sounds more clinical to me (especially the forensic emphasis). There used to be better distinction between the two routes: "The field of clinical psychology was meant to address serious mental illness, such as any of the disorders that might be found in the DSM. In contrast, counseling psychology sometimes was referred to a field that addressed “normal people with normal problems,” often including vocational counseling." The distinction remains somewhat true but is more fuzzy now. My understanding is that clinical programs will ha
  4. Since this site was so helpful for me while applying for programs, I wanted to reach out for advice applying to my first round of externships! What should I look for in sites and interviews? What are things other people included in their letters of interest? Is it better to do just therapy site, just assessment sites, or to find a site with a combination of both?
  5. Ask for skype/video interviews but ultimately go to the one that you care most about
  6. Hi everyone, I am currently attending a forensic clinical program and am just finishing up my first semester. I wanted to drop by to give words of encouragement and offer to answer any questions about interviews/applications/etc. since I now have a bit more time. I was in your shoes last year (and 2 years before that) and remember how nervous I was during the whole winter season. Please remember to take care of yourselves during this VERY stressful time! Even getting to the point of submitting these applications is a HUGE accomplishment that takes a lot of determination and grit. Remember
  7. Hi Nikita, Unfortunately funding in PhD psychology programs is very competitive and often insufficient for living (especially in NYC area). I think the average funding amount across the board is about $25,000 per year before taxes, but this varies based on geographic location, school, and whether or not the location is urban. Many students also teach classes as an adjunct professor, babysit on the weekends, take out loans, or receive other grants/familial support. I myself am not aware of any PsyD programs that are funded (not to say they don't exist). As I understand it, PhD's are funded
  8. CLINICAL APPLICANTS: For those applying in the current cycle, make sure you have read this guide! I found the advice invaluable for preparing my applications and going on interviews. It gives great advice on how to choose schools, writing your statements, interviewing tips, and ultimately, making a decision. http://mitch.web.unc.edu/files/2017/02/MitchGradSchoolAdvice.pdf
  9. Refugee mental health is a very niche interest, so I would recommend looking at schools that are located in areas with high immigration rates and diverse populations (New York City, Houston, Miami, San Francisco). Also, since refugee status is often a legal issue, programs with a forensic/legal psychology track or emphasis might be a good fit for you. I know John Jay has some professors with this kind of interest that could be a good match (Initials: CR, KN, MA, VJ https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Psychology/Training-Areas/Clinical-
  10. For John Jay there is no specified limit but I wouldn't recommend anything longer than 2 pages single spaced. Last year we also had a separate 250 word prompt on experience with diversity in education. Also, just in case you don't know, you can only apply to one Graduate Center PhD program (either John Jay or Hunter, not both). Those two programs are VERY different in terms of classes, practicum experience, and research focus. Match yourself with a program that is in line with your interests/previous experience. Good luck!
  11. My advice would be to wait a year and bulk up your experience for an application. Try to get higher scores on the GRE, you are most competitive with about 160 each on verbal and quant, and minimum 4.5 on AW. Try to publish a paper or do another kind of conference presentation that is not a poster (i.e. paper presentation, teaching workshop, etc.). Most importantly, narrow your research interests. Match with a PI/school is the most important thing at the PhD level. In my experience, it is unlikely that you are a good match for 18 programs if you have sufficiently narrowed your interests. I had
  12. What is your area of interest? Some area applications tend to be longer/more intensive than others I applied to 10 schools and probably spent 100 hours overall. Keep in mind that you should personalize your statement of purpose to each school and show how you align with their teaching model and faculty (it's okay to have a backbone for it, but you certainly should not be submitting the exact same one for all 20). Some applications require short/long answer questions while others just want a resume and SOP. I think 5-10 hours per app is a good estimate for most fields.
  13. You seem like a very strong applicant. The most important aspect of clinical applications is matching with a PI and demonstrating well-articulated interests. I was accepted with 0 publications, though I do have substantial experience presenting workshops at various conferences in my field. Applications are considered a whole package, so being stronger in one area certainly makes up for lacking in another area.
  14. Someone in my current cohort got in after their 2nd interview the next year. I don't think it will hurt! It is also okay to say that your interests have changed... It is natural for interests to evolve and to have more than one interest.
  15. For most funded PhD programs, you are automatically considered for internal fellowships/funding and they do not require a separate application to be considered. For government-sponsored fellowships, they all close before the end of the government fiscal year (September) so you would have to wait until next year to apply for those. Other options would be to look through APA funding search engines, and other professional organization sponsorship. Best wishes!
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