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    Clin Psych PhD

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  1. Psyche007

    I failed my thesis.

    You did invite this by posting on a public forum. Whatever you decide, I hope you succeed, pass your thesis, and go on to you PhD.
  2. Psyche007

    I failed my thesis.

    It would probably be better for you. You won't be distracted by the activity here. I should delete a bunch of stuff for the same reasons.
  3. This is all IMHO. I'm assuming you are in high school. You might want to discuss this with an adult you trust, unless you are over 18: I can't speak for Cleveland, but it's unlike anything I've heard or experienced with CPS (DCF in Florida). I've been a mental health professional for 8 or so years working with children and adults in a variety of roles. I've made many DCF reports and worked directly with investigators on both cases and protocol. The circumstances you describe are unusual to me. Investigators often go to the school, if they know where the child attends, so they can speak confidentially and without alerting abusive parents. Other times, they will go to the home and speak to a child alone. They sometimes take law enforcement with them, especially if they intend to remove a child from the home. What's important is what your friend is currently experiencing emotionally, why they are telling you this, and what your friend is trying to express. The best thing you can do is be there for them, unless you have serious reason to suspect abuse. Check the law for Ohio: in Florida, every resident who suspects child abuse is a 'mandated reporter'. If you have serious concerns for your friend, you can always make an anonymous report and state that they should speak to your friend at school/work/somewhere other than the home. You can suggest a location. What's better, is that your friend should be able to take control and anonymously report their own abuse and recommend a place to meet confidentially. If there has already been two reports, they won't be able to ignore a third. You have to establish whether you are worried enough to get involved or stay supportive. A report doesn't always make things better, unfortunately, but your friend isn't powerless. Talk to your friend about what they want, what they imagine will happen. If you decide to complain, be aware that what you've been told might not match up to the reality of the investigations, if they occurred. You won't find out the results of your complaint, other than what your friend might tell you.
  4. Yes, me. You can read my feedback for future applicants, plus info about my personal experiences, here:
  5. Psyche007

    Should I retake the Psyc GRE?

    I think the psych GRE is more beneficial for non-psych major undergrads if they want to demonstrate a good foundation of knowledge.
  6. Psyche007

    Clinical Psych Masters in the UK --> US

    You’re more than welcome, and I hope it was helpful. It can’t hurt to brainstorm and get other perspectives! I wish you the best of luck!
  7. Thank you. I have no doubt it will be challenging and intense. I am counting on it. I’ll be disappointed and bored if it’s not. Applied Psych undergrad was laughably easy. Perhaps I attended a bad school, but I didn’t have much choice. I took a semester in a MHC Master’s degree programme and was disappointed in its rigor. The MHC reading was easy and I really enjoyed the writing. There were no exams. I left and re-enrolled in a second BS which was much more challenging. The memorization and concepts in a biomedical science BS degree were more rewarding to learn because they were harder for me. If I don’t experience any difficulty or adjustment with a PhD, it’ll be the same “I’m not intelligent or hard-working, the programme was too easy and therefore worthless” situation that I experienced after my first BS. This perception, while not necessarily accurate or rational, is reinforced when you spend time on a forum like this where, despite some protest to the contrary, pedigree and prestige is certainly held as a measure of a programme’s intellectual rigor and the worth of accepted students. Ultimately, I just have to ignore all that and pursue the opportunities that are right for me out of the options I have available.
  8. Psyche007

    Clinical Psych Masters in the UK --> US

    If your goal is to earn a US PhD, in clinical psychology or counseling, perhaps a research-focused non-clinical UK Master's degree would serve you well, equipping you with both the quantitative skills and research experience necessary to make you a great candidate for a US funded clinical programme. In terms of work, unless you're dead set on working clinically, you'd have to look at fields that would utilize that eduction and experience, such as research coordinators. You might end up in a great setting that could provide you with very strong letters of recommendation. That accelerated programme sounds amazing! Why not make that your focus and go for it? If that doesn't work out, it may come down to choosing a priority: experience (studying abroad) or expedience (studying in the US to efficiently obtain clinical licensure). Either option will have a financial impact. Good luck with whatever you choose! I hope it works out in the best way possible!
  9. Perhaps. Seems a little... dramatic. I took full-time undergraduate classes while working a full-time job and raising my step-daughter, plus outside hobbies such as martial arts and volunteering for a special needs fitness group. I'm looking forward to studying with only myself to focus on, as the kiddo is now 19 and my wife is 100% supportive.
  10. I was a professional web developer when I moved from the UK to the US at 24. I didn't start undergrad until 31, lol. I'm envious in some ways, in others, not so much. I'm married, established, and focused. Not that others aren't focused in their 20s, but I could imagine that sacrificing competing interests, such as social lives, sex, and romance, could make you feel like you're missing out. I've also had some time off work to care for a relative, so I've had enough free time to drive myself crazy.
  11. I'm a young 42 and have no formal research experience. I completed an independent research project and numerous class research projects during undergrad (in psychology and microbiology), but I imagine everyone does those. Worked in the field for several years in multiple positions. First time applying, applied to a single programme. My POI hasn't told me exactly why he selected me, but I have an idea. My situation doesn't appear to be at all typical in comparison to the people that frequent these forums, but I'm completely fine with it.
  12. Psyche007

    Clinical Psych Masters in the UK --> US

    If you haven't already, ask these people, too: http://www.cacrep.org/template/index.cfm (CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties that are offered by colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world.) https://www.counseling.org http://www.amhca.org/home https://www.ncda.org/ http://www.iamfc.org https://www.aamft.org https://acesonline.net I'm shotgunning this but sometimes you just have to ask as many different people as possible. There's bound to be a lead somewhere. If not, you may just have to accept that the consequences of your choice may not be fully predictable.
  13. Psyche007

    Clinical Psych Masters in the UK --> US

    I'd also consider looking at some of these resources: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-degree-equivalency-table-and-methodology https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html https://www.wes.org https://www.thedegreepeople.com https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/Out-of-State_Certification/Foreign_Credential_Evaluation_Services/ It's going to be difficult for you to make a decision based on someone else's experience. You'd have to compare your programme to theirs and then see if any of the state regulations have changed for licensure. It seems as though this is a request to validate a solution to an unknown problem. What is your current situation and what are your plans? That information would be really helpful, if you're willing to disclose. For example, if you are a UK citizen and want to emigrate to the US one day, perhaps you would be better served looking at an online US Master's degree that accepts international students (if such a programme exists). You'd have access to a full curriculum and have that parsed by a UK governing body if you wanted to practice in the UK first. Then, all you might have to do after you move is complete internships or supervision hours plus take the licensing exam. If you are a US citizen and like the idea of graduate studies abroad, you may be complicating things for yourself, in terms of US licensure.
  14. That’s good to hear. My mentor has a specialization in research methodology and statistics and has already said he's happy to provide me with additional training and support outside of class and the lab.
  15. I would certainly like the same, but I don't think there are many members of my cohort using this board. At least, they don't seem to be posting. I know my mentor is going to have me come and meet his research team at some point because they're the ones I'll be working alongside. I'm excited as he made several comments indicating that he feels positive that I'll get along well with them. Leisurely reviewing some textbooks will help me get back into the mindset of studying and get my space optimized. I've already created and labeled my file folder structure for the entire PhD, plus the spreadsheets I use to track assignments and grades.... 😛

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