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Psyche007

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    Clin Psych PhD

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  1. Mentorship is certainly necessary. It just doesn't have to be as part of a lab or programme. If you have developed a decent relationship with a professor, see if you can discuss the possibility of some minor assistance with abstracts/posters. In the first semester of my clinpsych PhD, we're being pushed to submit to as many conference as possible. We being told directly to feel free to develop our own work, especially lit reviews to identify gaps in the literature. The senior students are advising us to be proactive and telling us not to rely on faculty guidance for everything. Don't go rogue, but don't be afraid. Create possibilities. Get a mentor excited in something you're produced.
  2. Read this, if you haven't already: https://convention.apa.org/proposals/rules-for-participation
  3. Dr. John Lewis at NOVA specializes in cross-cultural assessment and psychotherapy. He is working with one of his Syrian grad students to arrange a trip to Syria providing mental health services in refugee camps. He has led many such trips all over the world. He is also the Chair of the Department of Clinical and School Psychology. https://psychology.nova.edu/faculty/profile/lewis.html I can't speak to your chances. I'm a non-traditional student with no formal research experience (no labs, no posters, no publications) with a pretty good clinical background. Honestly, your chances are increased drastically if you make a real connection with faculty. Make sure you attend an open day (if you can afford travel) and see if you can meet any faculty of interest. Many faculty have extreme demands on their time and do not respond to emails. Additionally, NOVA is not a funded programme, which I understand puts people off because they want to avoid student loan debt. If you can go somewhere fully funded that meets your research interests, brilliant!
  4. I went back after undergrad to get a 2nd BS. No Masters. No research experience outside of an undergrad Directed Study, no posters or presentations. Lots of clinical experience. I applied for a single program due to geographic constraints and got in. I have no idea if I would have been remotely competitive for 'top tier' programmes. Research skills are interchangeable, to a degree, but interest and fit aren't. I have demonstrable and irrefutable interest in the field of clinical psychology. I've already been approached by another professor to join a research project in addition to working with my mentor and I'm five weeks in. This is based on several conversations generated by my level of interest in the field. How have you demonstrated an interest in clinical psychology? Why clinical and not social or any other speciality? Have you connected to an area of interest (not just a patient demographic, such as 'children with trauma')? Who is doing that research and where? Based on my personal experiences, the identification and connection with a body of work and potential mentor is of upmost importance, even if it is several individuals. Start talking to people. Reach out to grad students in the labs of the profs you want to work with (before emailing the profs, if you are anxious). They can help point you in the right direction and have already been accepted, so they may have great insight. This approach helps define your goal and highlights if you're not in a position to successfully apply at this stage, as well as help you decide whether pursuing a Master's is a good option.
  5. With less than two weeks before it all starts, I've built myself a spreadsheet to enter all my readings for the semester, with all kinds of bells and whistles to format based on due date, length, etc. This may or may not be useful, but it's the kind of thing I enjoy... Does anyone have any tips on managing the reading load? With what looks to be 4-6 chapters and perhaps 15-20 journal articles per week (based on 2 syllabi I have so far out of 7 classes), I imagine you're just reading something every day.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Yes, me. You can read my feedback for future applicants, plus info about my personal experiences, here:
  10. I think the psych GRE is more beneficial for non-psych major undergrads if they want to demonstrate a good foundation of knowledge.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
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