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springxsummer last won the day on August 2

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  1. Does anyone know if it is beneficial (or harmful) to put work that I have submitted for presentations on my CV? Specifically, I've submitted work to a couple of conferences for potential poster presentations. I know it's okay to put under-review publications. Would this be similar?
  2. I am on my second application cycle. I aimed for counselling last cycle, and this year I am also applying to clinical. The entire process of applying and ultimately getting rejected was admittedly a little disheartening, but I do feel that going through the process once has set me up for a better chance of success this year. I know the process (at least for counselling), I have a better idea of what I want in a program, and I've learned from my mistakes last round. That being said, I think taking a year off can be incredibly valuable and it may be better to focus your energy on pursuing the opportunities you have in front of you right now instead of on writing applications. There's no "right" answer, really.
  3. Thank you :). It's not a guarantee, but it does feel good to have someone rooting for me on the admissions committee. Let me know how that goes! I feel like if the POI is genuinely interested in you as a student, it can't hurt to ask. The worst they could say is no, anyways. On an unrelated note, does anyone know if it is frowned upon to use books or book chapters as sources when applying for grants? In my case I want to say "so and so coined X term" and then cite a book. I've never applied to funding before, so insight would be very much appreciated.
  4. Literally luck. I mentioned it in passing as something I was doing to better my chances and the POI offered to help. I'm writing it myself, but they've agreed to meetings to discuss it, and to look over the final product.
  5. I have been asking for skype meetings because last year I felt like I didn't establish strong enough working relationships with POIs. I've only had one so far (though a few more are scheduled), and it was actually initiated by the POI. It was quite casual and we mainly talked about his work, my research interests, and what made me interested in the program. He also made suggestions for other schools that I might apply to and things that I could do to strengthen my chances of admission... overall very positive and not at all like an interview. I'd imagine that every prof might have a slightly different agenda, though. I'd personally treat it as an informal interview/ a chance to make a good first impression. Hard to say- you could ask the POI (?)
  6. I have a POI helping me, but that was mainly out of luck. I had planned to apply by myself.
  7. Both research and clinical volunteering is important You might consider looking into things like crisis lines, or asking to volunteer as a research assistant for labs that interest you. *I am also in Canada, but I'd assume the expectations for what counts as relevant experience are similar.
  8. I'm not sure what you mean by psychotherapist. Do you mean a counselling psychologist, who provides psychotherapy? Untrained therapist? A Canadian Certified Counsellor (I believe this one requires a counselling masters, anyway)? I can only speak to counselling and clinical psychology, as those are my targeted programs. You might try googling job openings for each wherever your intended area of practice is. A lot of times job postings will give a starting salary. If income is a large factor, there are definitely career paths with a greater payoff for amount of time invested in school than clinical or counselling psychology, such as medicine. The admission rate for counselling psychology is low. It does vary by school, and most programs will post their acceptance rates online. It is slightly less competitive than clinical psychology, but still highly competitive. I am on my second attempt at getting in, and it's quite normal to have to try more than once. I don't want to discourage you from pursuing this career path, but I think it's important to be prepared for what you're up against. If you're willing to put in the work into developing a strong application, and you want it badly enough and are willing to be persistent, it is certainly achievable.
  9. Impressive quant score! If you don't mind me asking, what did you have for research experience last round other than the honours thesis?
  10. The distinction between clinical/ counselling is largely historical. In Canada, or at least where I live, You will see counselling psychologists working in clinical settings and vice versa. For example, I interned at a place where counselling psychologists worked with people with severe PTSD. That being said, in general clinical psychology is aimed at more severe problems, such as working with people in hospitals or who are in a residential treatment program. Counselling psychology might be more things like career counselling, mild to moderate mental health issues, or relationship problems. However, there is so much diversity within the field that it's hard to fit the two into neat little boxes. Generally research experience is still important for getting into counselling, but less so than for clinical. You may have a better shot at course-based (non-thesis) programs, though these will make it harder to get into a PhD if that is your goal. Alberta and Saskatchewan do not require a PhD to practice. Are you able to start volunteering in a lab where you live?
  11. Impressive! Sounds like it was a productive 2 years! I finished with 160 V, 155 Q, and 5.5 AWA so I'm feeling okay about it Thank you everyone for all of the replies and insight!
  12. I ended up with 160 verbal & 155 quant (AWA not yet scored). Assuming the AWA went well, do you think these are good enough scores to be a competitive applicant? It's definitely below some school's average scores for quant, but the only hard cut off I've come across is the 50th percentile. While I have quite a lot of research and clinical experience, I do not have any publications and I did not write an undergraduate thesis, so I'm always hesitant to take risks. I'm applying to Canadian Clinical Master's, if that helps.
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