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About olayak

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  • Birthday 03/05/1977

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    New York City
  • Interests
    Interested in cognitive psychology, biopsych, animal behavior, learning processes, education.
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    DSW - Doctorate Social Work

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  1. Help, Columbia Vs Hunter

    They were really understanding and helpful. They were always accessible. I feel like most social workers are understanding of special circumstances. The deadlines are strict but they do understand special circumstances.
  2. NYU Fall 2017

    Honestly, I knew people who were in that program, we had classes together, but I really don't remember. Sorry! I think the big difference is that they spread the internship out so that it goes for 12 months (fewer hours each week) instead of 8 months (21 hrs each week). But I could be remembering wrong. I think other people in the program kept their existing social work job and that counted towards their internship. If it's the program for working professionals I'm sure they make it manageable. They're super nice and will usually work with you to fix any problem.
  3. NYU Fall 2017

    Hi, I got my MSW from NYU in 2011. Trust me, you will have no time to work a job while going to school. The program involves taking a full course load (4 classes) plus a 21 hr per week internship. The little time you have left will be spent on school work. Some people do manage to work a couple of hours per week but they find it very difficult. You'll be able to work in the summer, tho. I hope that helps. Is be happy to answer any questions about the program. I'm returning this fall to NYU to get my DSW!
  4. NYU or Hunter

    I have found that they both have equally as reputable programs. NYU is mostly just clinical while Hunter has "tracks" so you can focus on what you're most interested in. So Hunter also has a clinical track. NYU can be a little more psychoanalytic while Hunter can be more psychodynamic. I hope that helps!
  5. Help, Columbia Vs Hunter

    I don't know if you saw a previous post that was similar to this, comparing NYU and Hunter. Honestly, I have my MSW from NYU but I have THREE degrees from Hunter (BA, MSEd, MA), NYU is great but cost a fortune and I'm now in serious debt. Hunter has an amazing social work program. If I had to do it again I'd get my MSW from Hunter. And like Columbia, it has "tracks" so you can focus on your specific interests. I still love NYU and I'm going back for my DSW, but if I had to do it again I would get my MSW at Hunter because it is equally as good but costs a fraction of the price.
  6. New DSW applicants

    Hi, I'm still looking to connect with any DSW applicants! Or current DSW students! Are there any on Grad Cafe?
  7. NYU or Hunter

    Hi I have a MSW from NYU and I also have a BA, MSEd, and MA (Psychology) from Hunter. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have Honestly, I love NYU and I'm going back for my DSW in the fall. But I really love Hunter and they have an amazing MSW program. The NYU program put me in serious hardcore student loan debt. The Hunter MSW program is great and also affordable. To be honest, if I had to do it all again I would go to Hunter instead of NYU for my MSW. Just my 2 cents.
  8. Email or Don't Email?

    That makes a lot of sense. Thanks! Glad I didn't send an email yet. 🙂
  9. Email or Don't Email?

    Thank you!
  10. Email or Don't Email?

    Hi, The coordinator of one of the schools that I applied to told me that I could have a decision by March. My interview was at the end of January. However, during the interview the director of the program told me I will probably have a decision by April. The other program I applied to doesn't even start interviewing until April. So, do I email the coordinator and ask what my current status is? Or do I just suck it up and wait it out? Thanks!
  11. Being overqualified for clinical work?

    A PhD is primarily for people who want to do research. That's not being out in the world being an advocate. It's being in a room, analyzing data. Also, it's for people who want to be a full time professor, as a career. You can be an adjunct professor with a MSW. You don't need a phd for credibility in this field. There are many highly successful social worker who have a LCSW. Continuing education is required to maintain your license and there are tons of training opportunities, so you'll always be working towards becoming a more skilled practitioner. You don't need a phd to be more credible or to be a good advocate. You just need to work hard and be passionate about your work. You can even be the director of a program one day. You don't need a phd to run an agency. Or you can develop a new treatment modality. There's so much you can do with the LCSW. The PhD is for researcher and teachers, not advanced practitioners. Trust me, you wont survive a phd program if you're not into research. If you do want to go for a doctorate, I suggest you consider the DSW (doctor of social work). It's a practical doctorate and seems to fit your interests more. It's for people who want to be advanced practitioners, administrators and policy makers.
  12. Being overqualified for clinical work?

    It's not necessary for you to get a phd to do the things you want to do. A phd is more for research and if you want to be a professor. You don't NEED a phd to achieve your goals. Technically, in social work, you don't even need it to do research or teach. Maybe you should think a little more about why you want the phd. It's a lot of time and work just to have "doctor" in front of your name in a field where it's not required.
  13. DSW

    A DSW is a practical degree, less research focused. It's more about developing treatments rather than just studying them. It's also about program evaluation, administration, policy, and teaching practice classes. It's basically like a PsyD vs PhD psychology. It's practical applications, rather than research focused. It's for people who want to be more skilled, knowledgeable practitioners, rather than people who want to be deep in academia. There are quite a few reputable online DSW programs includingRutgers, I Tennessee and U Penn. NYU also has a great DSW program, but it's local. I belive USC also has a great DSW. All DSW programs are designed so you can work full time while going to school. You can't do that with a PhD. Like I said, the DSW is for practitioners (clinical social workers, administrators, founders of a non profit, policy makers) for whom working is very important rather than PHD student for whom the research and academia are the most important. Hope that helps!
  14. Being overqualified for clinical work?

    Most people who complete the PhD are in their 30s or 40s, very few are in their late 20s and those tend to be exceptional candidates. The majority tend to be in their early 30s. And most phd programs have free tuition and free health insurance and also a stipend for the student, often around $30,000 per year so cost isn't an issue. Doctoral programs are full time so you won't also be able to work too. It's up to you how to work your school around a family, but that would happen with a regular job anyway. I know you don't want to hear it but you're actually very young and just starting your career. Either go for a combined MSW/PhD, if you want to accelerate the path, or do the MSW first and then the PhD. Or don't do the PhD at all. It's not necessary in this field. You can still teach and do research with the MSW.