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  1. 11 minutes ago, Psych_School said:

    Thank you to everyone who is helping to provide insight into this topic!  I definitely want to make the most informed decision possible :) 

    I looked on the College Psychologist of Ontario website (http://www.cpo.on.ca/Become_a_Member.aspx --> under the psychologist tab --> registration guidelines) and this is what I found...  It seems like anyone who graduated from a CPA/APA approved program (clinical/school/counselling) can register with the CPO.  Then a psychologist must choose a practice area (forensic, clinical, school, counselling, industrial/organizational) of these all registered psychologists in any practice area can diagnose (except industrial/org.).  Also, it looks like a person who completed a PhD in coun. psych can list clinical psychology as a practice area and vice-versa.  I think that this is how people with a clinical psych degree can declare a practice area in forensic or health/rehabilitation or clinical neuropsychology even though they didn't complete their degree in this area.  It seems to be determined more by placement choices/experience?  

    This is how I'm interpreting it!  Could be wrong :) 

    Thanks again for everyones input - this decision is getting more complex than I had thought!

    It very much is determined by placement choice/experience. Most clinical psych programs are generalist, meaning they train you for a general area of practice. Some programs provide the specialized training as a specific degree area (e.g., SFU, York) but even then they'll have a strong generalist focus because you need that good base of training. Then, if you want more specialized training in a different area, you'll need to get that through a practicum placement/internship. For example, I'm in a generalist program (I get equal amounts of training for both adults and children in general mental health assessment/intervention), but because I want to practice in a forensic area, I'll need to get that experience through my advanced practica and internship. You just have to prove to the licensing board that you have the depth of experience to practice in your chosen area.

  2. On 3/2/2019 at 5:00 AM, Cutethulhu said:

    So I got accepted into and intend to enrol in an MA/PhD transfer program. Basically, I’ll spend the first year in the Masters program and then transfer into the PhD in my second year. That means two things: 1) I’m not doing a Masters thesis; 2) I don’t have to reapply for the PhD. I was just wondering if anyone has done a program like this and what your experiences are like?

     

    I guess I should also mention that I’m from Canada, where the norm is to do a Masters then a PhD.

    My program is like this (Canadian clinical psych program). I came in with a Masters already (although not in clinical) so I was in a weird position where I sort of had advanced standings (i.e., got to opt out of a few of the first year "Masters" courses because I had already done them) but was still considered to be in the Masters program. It was nice not having to do another thesis, so I could start thinking of my dissertation sooner.

  3. 8 hours ago, Psychology_101_ said:

    Hi all! I hope everyone is well during this super busy and stressful time. I was hoping to get a little insight from this wonderful group. This is my second time applying to clinical psych programs and things are not looking particularly good in terms of receiving an acceptance for Fall 2019. Last year I received a waitlist offer and this year I had two interviews. I graduated this past June (e.g., class of 2018) and I feel this enormous pressure to start grad school as soon as possible, and oftentimes feel like I am "behind" in some way, especially in light of some recent rejections. Is there anyone here that took several years off/applied several times to get into clinical? Overall, I am feeling incredibly defeated and hopeless at the moment. 

    Feel free to PM me if that is more comfortable for you. Thanks in advance everyone! 

    I think I've mentioned this in other threads on this board, because I've been here way too long, but I had to apply four times before I got accepted into a clinical psych program (5 years after I graduated from undergrad, although I got an experimental masters in between). I was rejected TWICE from my current program before finally getting in, and didn't receive a single interview during my third application cycle.

    The reality is, clinical psych applications are extraordinarily competitive, and sometimes getting accepted or not can depend on stuff such as who else is in the same application pool, how many funded spots there are for a particular program, and, although a lot of programs won't admit it, department politics do play a bit of a role (e.g., sometimes certain POIs are given priority for accepting students than others). It's definitely normal to be down and hopeless during this process, since it is tough (tougher than grad school itself in a lot of ways). The key thing is to be persistent, and to try to do as much as possible between applications to give yourself a boost! In a lot of ways, there's value in not entering grad school right away after undergrad (e.g., can save some money, get some life experience that you wouldn't necessarily get in school, etc.), so try to look at it as a positive thing (even though it's hard).  

    Remember, you got this! You just have to believe in yourself! 

  4. 18 hours ago, ZingyNeuron said:

    Guys, I feel that it doesn’t make sense to have such ridiculously tiny admissions quotas for clinical psych. It’s not a niche domain, there is a strong need for psychologists in Canada, there is a foreseen labour shortage for psychologists in the next 10 years, so what’s the deal? I come from Europe and in most countries, basically if you want to be a psychologist, it’s not that tough to get in, so I was very surprised to see how different things are in North America. Can you guys explain why this situation here? 

    From what I've understood, the training is very expensive for departments and there's less and less funding being provided by universities and governments for it. At least that's the situation in my program right now. There's also a big push to have a lot of psychologist positions filled by Master's level clinicians and social workers because in the long run, they're cheaper than PhD level practitioners. 

  5. 1 hour ago, lobstergirl said:

    School: University of British Columbia at Okanagan (UBCO)

    Type: PhD Clinical Psychology

    Date of Invite: Jan 19th, 2018

    Type of invite: Email invite to on-campus interview day

    Interview date(s): February 15th

    POI: PM me

    Has anyone ever travelled far to their interview day? I live in Ontario and was hoping for just a Skype interview invite.

    In my last application cycle, I travelled from Ontario down to Alabama and Texas for interviews. It was pretty fun to get to see the places where I had applied and to get a feel of what the program and students were like. I would also recommend that if you get accepted someplace, try to travel there before you commit to a program. 

  6. 19 hours ago, JoyJoy said:

    Submitted all my applications! I now waiting for two references and a GRE report to come in. I start feeling impatient now. Hopefully I will hear from schools near the end of Dec. In the other Psychology APP thread, people are already receiving interview request. That's so fast! Mine was just submitted ...... and some are not even under review

    American schools are a lot faster at sending out interview requests than Canadian schools. In my last application cycle, I received most of my interview requests for the American schools by mid-December, whereas I didn't hear at all from Canadian schools until into the new year. 

  7. 1 hour ago, SunnySet said:

    Hello everyone, I hope your applications are almost done! I have a quick question: does ETS mail test results through Canada Post? Given the Canada post strike and the huge backlog, I worry it will take a long time for the results to be received by recipients schools!

    I believe they do, via USPS. If you're worried, contact the departments at the schools that you're applying at to let them know the official scores may be delayed. 

  8. 20 hours ago, FallGO said:

    Thank you! Yes, I will wait, finger crossed it will be okay. Did you apply to Queens before?

    I never applied to Queens, but from my extensive application experience, departments were usually pretty chill if something happened in the application process that was out of your control. 

  9. It may be worth it for you to apply to a combined MA/PhD clinical psych program (e.g., Saskatchewan, Dalhousie, UNB). I have an MA in experimental psych and got into one of these program. It basically allowed me to skip all courses that I had already done in my MA (namely stats and all research requirements except for my dissertation), and it's a much better option than redoing a Masters elsewhere. 

  10. On 7/30/2018 at 3:31 PM, EileanDonan said:

    Hk328:

    I haven't heard of McGill, so I'll definitely look into that. My interests lie primarily within psychopathy, sex offenders, religious radicalization, motivations for terrorism, "nitty gritty" topics. Career wise, I am most interested in doing forensic assessments, but I'm open to other avenues. I'm definitely going to try and stay on my current lab project after this year if at all possible.

    philopsych:

    I've heard stories like that, too, which is essentially what's giving me hope at this point. ? Let's just say I'll be spending plentiful amounts of time crafting my personal statement.

    McGill doesn't really have a strong forensic basis in its faculty (it's a strong health psychology/neuroscience department), so I wouldn't recommend applying there. If you're willing to look in Canada for clinical psych programs, with your interests I'd consider Simon Fraser University (in Vancouver), University of Saskatchewan, and University of New Brunswick. If you're willing to consider a counselling program, look into Robert Morgan at Texas Tech. 

    I applied to a lot of clinical programs with a forensic focus or forensic faculty, so feel free to send me a message if you have any questions! :) 

  11. Finally got my letter in the mail. Scored 9/20 (didn't get an award), with 4 publications and 3 conference presentations. It's a bit disappointing considering I won with only 2 publications 2 years ago (same proposal, 1 letter writer was still the same). I'm just burnt out on the whole process of grad school right now. 

  12. 7 hours ago, UnlikelyGrad4 said:

    Hi all, again - This is somewhat related to scholarships:

    Does anyone know if you can leverage your doctoral awards to gain acceptance into a phd program you haven't applied for? Or is it generally the practice that once applications are closed, they're closed. 

    Thanks in advance!

    I tried to use both the Masters and doctoral SSHRC awards I won into acceptances. It worked for the Masters program, but didn't work a few years later with the doctoral award. It really depends on the program. 

  13. Ugh I finally tracked down the contact info for the person responsible for graduate scholarships and the office is closed for the weekend. I'm hoping they'll contact me Monday if I get it considering the deadline for an internal scholarship (which I should get since my application made it to Ottawa) is Tuesday. 

  14. 7 minutes ago, PsychBoy said:

    I got a replied back. She specified that i got the JOSEPH-ARMAND BOMBARDIER! For those one the waitlist, I will be declining the scholarship because I got the Vanier. Hope this can help!

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Congrats!

    I'm going crazy waiting to hear. My mail delivery will probably end up being delayed considering all the roads around my house are closed due to flooding. :(

  15. 8 hours ago, PsychBoy said:

    Don't know if it's totally the same, but my Vanier letter starts like this: 

     

    Dear X:

    I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected as one of the recipients of the 2017-2018 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

    They're similar although the SSHRC doctoral awards start with a whole blurb about how they've completed the assessment of your application and they are pleased to tell you that you were successful (and get funding). 

  16. I'm currently in a long distance relationship (but will be closing the gap in the summer), and while it's been hard, we've made do. The distance isn't quite as far yours though (we're only a 2 hour plane trip apart, so we see each other at least once a month). We were long distance before grad school as well (4 hours drive apart). It's made our communication skills really strong, and while it's sucked that we haven't been constantly together for the past little while, I think it's made our relationship stronger, 

  17. If that tweet was about the doctoral SSHRCs, that prof can get in big trouble. The results are under an embargo until SSHRC makes the formal announcement. You're not supposed to publicly announce your success before the formal list goes out by SSHRC (I think we're ok here though since it's anonymous). 

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