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    Clinical Psychology

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  1. ventiamericano

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Has anyone else here (or lurking this thread) been accepted to Ryerson? If so, feel free to PM me - always nice to see who will be in your cohort Best of luck here to everyone else still figuring things out - I believe in you guys!
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    Volunteering in POI's lab before applying?

    Hi! I've actually had experience with this - I volunteered in two of my POIs' labs before applying to their lab for graduate studies. While I can say that this did give me an edge in the sense that they became familiar with me and my work ethic (and external applicants don't have this when applying), it didn't "guarantee" me a spot in their lab by any means. I think everyone above me summed it up pretty nicely, but your POI by no means "owes" you an interview just because you put in some hours into their lab. While it makes the chance of an interview likely if you and your POI had a good relationship/they liked your work ethic/think you have potential, they will also give any other external candidate an interview as well if all of these categories are ticked off. In fact, in my experience, I was only offered an interview with one of these POI's and I didn't make it to the short-list afterward. Again, it's important to not take it personally and know that there are probably hundreds of qualified applicants who apply, some of who have a better fit with my POI than I did. If I went into it with the mentality that I somehow "secured a spot" because I worked with them, I probably would not be feeling so hot. However, I found my time in both these labs to be crucial to my success in actually being accepted into a Clinical program. Both these labs were within my realm of research interests, so through my volunteering, I made lots of connections in my field and also secured some strong reference letters. All in all, I'd say you have nothing to lose by volunteering in your POI's lab. If you don't get an interview, you might still get a strong reference (and also a potential collaborator in future papers, conferences etc) that would secure you a spot elsewhere.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Hey! Everyone else here did a great job in terms of explaining the difference (or more so similarity) between the two degrees, but I just wanted to add to what @Sharbar said re: privilege to diagnose. My supervisor actually just discussed this recently in a meeting but yes, Sharbar is correct and conveying a diagnosis is a protected act that only registered clinical psychologists can do. Other professions can provide forms of treatment (whatever they may be), but you need a PhD in Clinical specifically (and registration with the CPO) to convey a formal diagnosis. Definitely something to keep in mind depending on what your career goals are/what populations you want to be working with. Congrats on the acceptances!
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    LMAO FACTS tbh the instant some of their faculty pages came up in French I knew it was over for me
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Just checked UOZone and got “refused” LOL, couldn’t even spare me the rejection email 😂 Congrats to all who were accepted!!
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    @allrejectedQueen’s people - add me to the list! At least they were nice enough to say good luck elsewhere lmfao
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    I'm sorry to hear that. Do you think the rejections are rolled out alphabetically? I didn't interview either so I'm expecting it but haven't received the formal letter yet lol
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    Scared to death about lab manager interviews!

    Hey! Congratulations on your interview, that's so exciting!! Take a second and appreciate yourself - it's impressive that you were contacted this early on for a lab coordinator position AND at such a prestigious institute! Good for you, those programs are missing out ;). I also would like to take this time as well to say that it's completely okay to strike out on your first round of applications, especially if you were right out of undergrad. I've heard it's pretty typical for this to happen and in fact, most PI's I've talked to prefer someone that's more seasoned (i.e., been out of undergrad for longer) because they tend to be a) more mature and serious about their studies and b) have more experience. This is again not to say that you are at all not competent, but more so to show you how far you can grow on your time off! I'm actually in the same boat (chose to work for a year as a lab manager then applied), and I can say that this job was instrumental in securing me an acceptance this year. As for interviews for a lab manager position, I definitely can give you some solid insight as I myself went through this a year ago. My supervisor made me go through two rounds of interviews - one with him, and then with two of his grad students. When I met with him via Skype, he asked me research-oriented questions (e.g., tell me about your thesis, what are you interested in, why my lab etc...). Then he proceeded to ask me interpersonal-esque questions, which I think people often forget about but are SO important. He specifically asked me how I deal with lots of pressure, what I look like when I'm stressed (which I thought was weird but now after doing this for a year I understand), and if I can (and how specifically) compartmentalize aspects of the job that are difficult. Again, these questions perhaps were asked specifically because his lab is in mood disorders and my job requires me to do a LOT of clinical interviews which can be really overbearing. Lab coordinators, in general, go through a lot of pressure (you're legit the glue that holds a lab together), so I think my PI (and yours probably) wants to know that they can have someone who they can rely on even when things seem to be going crazy. I would say to maybe expect some questions like this, and to maybe even give some anecdotes about how you work well under stress and what you do to compartmentalize (again could be different if your area isn't Clinical/mood disorders). The interview with the grad students was pretty chill, more-so a formality so he could make sure that his lab would get along with me. Questions again were pretty interpersonal-related, asking me about any work-place difficulties I've had, how I solved them, how I would deal with management issues among RA's etc. They want to look for someone who's capable of delegating and being a leader, but also won't go on a crazy power-trip when they're given that much "power". I would say a BIG part of the job is hiring/training/interacting with RA's so they just in general want to make sure you have stellar interpersonal skills. I'm sorry if this was a novel but I hope some of this was helpful! Feel free to PM me with any questions about the interview/tips on the job - happy to help! Goodluck
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    @Mickey_ Oops, guess I was wrong - sorry to mislead you! But interesting, probably should be better worded in their e-mail.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    I actually got a super weird email today from Ottawa that was supposed to be about OGS... but alluded to my admission status...? Essentially, it was a letter saying my OGS app had been reviewed by the committee and that since I was “waitlisted”, my application would be on hold until further notice. SUPER confusing e-mail which also was extremely poorly writtern in terms of grammar so I could be wrong, but I think that was the jist. Anyone else got this e-mail and can comment?
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Kind of shocking though, no? Like how come my accuracy with calculating the volume of a cylinder counts but not my ability to write or think critically? Lmao... because in practice I'll definitely be assessing my patients with protractors and not critical thinking skills
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    I relate lmao, also got the same rejection letter early January (twice!!! because I clearly didn't get it the first time). Apparently, the grad committee screens out a bunch of applicants and then only directs successful candidates to the PIs. Hearsay, but makes sense. For instance, I heard they're super strict about the GRE and will scan applicants out off the bat - even their website says 80th percentile or above so rip to me
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    A lot of grad students I met at the open house didn't hear until March - hang in there!!! They rank applicants and honestly, just because you're on a waitlist doesn't mean it's game over. The system sucks, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel!!! Things will work out!
  14. ventiamericano

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    From what I know they sent a list of their preferred candidates, with their first choice indicated, to the grad coordinator and the director of the grad program. The director is reaching out to every first-choice applicant via phone, and thus already knows who to call. Also from what I heard, all POIs sent their lists by a certain deadline but calls could still be going on. Good luck!
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!

    Thanks so much!!!!
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