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  1. Hi everyone! I wasn't exactly sure whether to file this under Professional Studies or Social Sciences so hopefully it reaches the right people! I was just accepted into a counseling program and am having a bad case of indecision. Technically, I have about a year until I really need to declare this but since I'm trying to get work experience and hate having loose ends, I figured maybe you guys could try to help me now. The programs/careers that I'm stuck between are School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health. On the school's website, they even seem to be selling Mental Health more as they list a bunch of different options for it and only talk about the classes needed for the School Counseling page. Anyway, my issue is that I live in NJ and this is a tough area to get a job in anywhere really and schools tend to be who you know. My boyfriend works for the Board of Ed as a custodian so potential in there but who knows. What's holding me back from deciding besides potential jobs is what the actual work environments are like. My concern with school counseling is that I'll be stuck doing all administrative work and barely get to interact with students other than college admissions and class schedules if I'm working in a high school. I want to actually be able to counsel people and feel like I reached them. Moving on to Mental Health, what is it like to work in this field? How stressful is it?How difficult would it be for me to find a job being my Bachelor's is actually in English? I currently volunteer for a crisis hotline and am trying to get some work experience (though I'm not sure where the best place to go with no experience is) but I know some places may be weary to hire someone who didn't have an undergrad degree in a social science. Sorry for rambling everyone, just trying to figure things out!
  2. Hi all! I know there's a general Fall 2018 thread, but I wanted to make a counseling specific one (since there's fewer of us). I'm only applying to one program (I know) - but my potential POI is in the exact geographic and subject area I'm interested in. Even doing some research that I've only dreamed about. Plus, I'm a bit of a transition student. I was psych undergrad but haven't touched it since. GRE: Average - 155+Q&V. Undergrad GPA - 4.0 Grad GPA (Masters in CJ) - 4.0 also, graduating from law school this December (FINALLY) around top 25% of my class. Too bad it took longer than first year to figure out I shouldn't have gone to law school. Tell me about you! Schools? Research Interest? Worries? Personally, I'm worried my JD will hurt my application, instead of hurt. My research interest is an intersection of psych, CJ, and law - but lawyers have a bad reputation.
  3. I graduated with a BA in Psychology last December and am trying to find the right program to suit my intended career goals. My biggest interest is to do conduct research concerning mindfulness and meditation practices. I would love to be able to collect both brain data as well as human behavioral data to support the use of these methods with those with both clinical and non-clinical mental health needs. My interest is to show changes in the brain as well as daily behavior after I have worked with participants. I would like to be able to work with people to teach them mindfulness methods as well as meditation, breathing exercises, possibly yoga or qigong, myself either with individuals, couples, families, or groups. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs such as these have already been used in other studies. Teaching them these skills myself caters to my initial desire to be a counselor/therapist. My subsequent desire is to complete controlled experiments to show the changes in brain activity and structure possibly using EEG, MR, fMRI, basically what I am able to get my hands on. I would like to be able to pair this data with behavioral data collected from self-reports, peer-reports, surveys, or observation. Now, I am willing to settle/begin with doing research around types of neurocounseling methods, mindfulness is just my end game, hopefully. I want to be able to directly work in teaching these skills as well as gathering, cleaning, and analyzing the brain data collected. I am having a difficult time choosing a graduate program to fit my desires. Should my masters be counseling or clinical? Should I look for a cognitive, neuroscience, mental health, behavioral, or research program? Is it more important that the course work covers areas I'm looking into or should I be more concerned with finding a lab/professor to work with? Do I still need to become a licensed counselor/therapist to work with people on these skill sets and exercised or since it is for research are there different requirements? While my desire to do research is new, it is strong and I am willing to work hard to feed both my scientific and social curiosity, I just really want to make the right decisions about my education if I can help it. Thank you!
  4. Hey everyone! Long time scowler of these forums but first time poster! I'm looking for some opinions/insight concerning my decision for a graduate program starting in the fall. I attended Sacred Heart University for my undergrad and graduated Summa Cum Laude with my b.s. in psychology. After many applications and acceptances/denials I had finally made the decision to attended Adelphi University for their mental health counseling masters program. However, just two weeks ago I heard back from Teachers College at Columbia University and was accepted to the Psychology in Education (general psych) masters in the clinical department. So here lies my dilemma...I am so drawn to the name on the diploma when it comes to Columbia but I know that the program will not end in licensure. I would be open to attending a PhD program to become a licensed psychologist after Columbia but I would hope to gain acceptance to a fully funded program which I know is extremely difficult. My end goal is to become a practicioner whether that be as a licensed psychologist or licensed mental health counselor. However I'm also aware that as a mental health counselor I will be making significantly less money than if I had a PhD. So my questions are 1) does anyone have opinions on the TC program? I've heard the professors don't pay much attention to the masters students which concerns me. 2) if I get my psychology in education (general psychology) masters from TC at Columbia what are my chances of gaining acceptance to a PhD program? Specifically a fully funded program. 3) should I be more concerned with the name on the degree or the licensure that will be granted after the 2 year Adelphi program? And 4) if I attended Columbia and got the General masters and then decided not to pursue a PhD what could I do as far as career options with just the masters? All opinions are welcome, especially if you have personal experience or knowledge of either program! I need to make a final decision by July 1st so please contribute. Thank you!!
  5. Masters in Counseling VS Masters in Social Work

    I am new to the Social Work field, recently completing my degree in Sociology and work as a secretary. I going all in and doing the online masters program this fall, but not sure which is best. I understand that MSW and MFTs are in demand but lately I've been offered and told about the increase need of School Social Workers. Almost all schools require a credential program to do this work. Any advise or input? One thread I did find on the topic noted that although there is a need, a Masters in School Counseling is not promising since jobs are very limited.
  6. I haven't seen much from Counseling Psychology applicants so far, but I know y'all are out there somewhere! Feel free to discuss your master's or doctoral applications. Mine are an array of 7 doctoral, 3 master's, 1 master's in Clinical Psychology, and 1 master's in Counseling research.
  7. Best Terminal Master's Option

    Due to some serious health issues and need for intensive treatment I may need to choose a plan B program for Fall. I'm trying to decide which Terminal Master's option would provide the best career options. I am interested in flexible work hours, research experience, and work in the medical field. My options are: -Master of Science in Clinical Psychology w/ license as Psychological Associate. -Master of Social Work to become a LCSW or LMSW -Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to become Licensed Professional Counselor While the MSW would allow me to work in the medical field, I'm not all that interested in Social Work as a career. The Clinical Psychology program would allow me to be a researcher as well as potential doctoral study. The Counseling program has the best job options.
  8. How long to hear from Vanderbilt?

    Hello! So I just finished up applying to Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. I applied to Vanderbilt, George Mason, George Washington, Clemson, University of Georgia, University of Alabama, NC State, Marymount University and University of Florida. Basically any school that had the program. I'm now waiting to hear back and many of the schools are on a "rolling admission" basis. I graduated from UVA and had a semi-okay GPA. I'm just wondering if anyone has applied to the above schools and how long it took you to hear back. Asking because my lease ends early spring and I want to start planning what to do in case I am moving from DC! Thank you in advance!
  9. I am 95% sure that my group interview was a test.... I applied to the CSUS School Counseling program and was invited to an interview. I showed up for my interview and, surprise, there were 6 applicants interviewed simultaneously! None of us were told that this would be a group interview. This is apparently how the Department of Education conducts all of their interviews. What I really want to know is, was this a test? A social experiment? A chance for the interviewers to see how we interact in a group setting? There were NO truly substantive questions asked, NO opportunities for us to ask questions, and NO enforced time limits on responses (which led to what I would consider an unfair hogging of time by some of the applicants in the room). It was bizarre. Does anyone else have any experience with this? Thanks.
  10. Master's after PhD?

    For a long time I was interested in doing clinical psychology, and I still am but find that I am more attracted to the research portion of it and I think I would be very happy doing only research and pursuing some kind of non-academic career. I've been accepted to a PhD program that is purely research in psychology, and I plan on accepting. I think I will be very happy in a research only program, and also think I will have a satisfying and fulfilling career after completing this program, but there is still a part of me that enjoys clinical work. My question is, has anyone here gone through a pure research PhD to later go on to do a masters or some type of certification that licenses you to counsel? I realize this is a warped way of doing things, and it's not my ultimate goal but I just wanted to know if there's any information on this in case I'll want to go back to clinical work sometime in the distant future.
  11. 2017 Psych PhD Interviews & Offers

    Hey guys! Today I received an offer to come for an interview from Southern Mississippi's counseling psychology program. I am super excited since I get to meet with my desired faculty member but is it strange that I'm already hearing back after I just submitted my application last week? How long do you guys think I should wait to reply so I don't seem too desperate? I wasn't expecting to hear back from any of the schools until January so I'm still a little in shock. I figured we could use this thread to hear where everyone is getting in and for any questions we may have about the interview process!
  12. Deciding on a Field of Study

    Hello everyone, First time poster. I've recently earned my BS in Psych and was pretty sure on my path after this milestone, but things aren't quite as clear as they were while I was still in school. I want to work in a field where I am most needed, not in terms of position openings but service to the population. I love working with children and my feeling is that I can do the most good within a school, and in all honesty that's where I'd like to work. Teaching isn't quite for me so I've narrowed down my options to a school psychologist, counselor, or social worker. What would be most helpful would be to hear a little from anyone working in any of the fields I mentioned or in a similar one. What does a typical day look like for you? How long have you held the position? Future plans? What are some positives and negatives of the job? What surprised you after working a few months? Paper work is an unavoidable responsibility with any of these occupations, but what I'm looking for is the job that requires me to interact with and help individuals/groups more than anything else.
  13. So I take the NCE in April, and would like advice on how to study and what to study! Prep books? Websites? Free stuff? Also any information on what your experience was like taking the test would be great! Trying to just take this expensive exam once
  14. Hi! Has anyone heard from GSU's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program? They said interview invitations go out mid-December, which is now I just want to know, so that I can apply elsewhere if I didn't get an interview. Let me know if you've heard something!! Thank you!
  15. Hello, I'm looking for some general advice on applications, letters of recommendation, etc. I graduated about 5 years ago with a Bachelor's degree in English Lit, during which I focused mostly on creative writing. After a few years regretting that choice's limitations, some wandering, lots of strange jobs, and a few personal crises, my own experiences in therapy have helped me to realize that I want to pursue a Master's in Counseling or Social Work, with an eye toward working as a mental health counselor. I understand that most programs in this field accept students who do not have a Bachelor's in a directly related field, but I'm wondering what I should focus on in order to be a competitive applicant. I've gotten pretty good at selling my Bachelor's degree as having imbued me with powerful critical thinking skills, and have gotten a few jobs on the basis of my writing ability, but I'm new to the grad school thing and I'm not sure how to sell what feels to me like a career change. I think I can use my personal experiences with therapy to make a pretty compelling case in a personal statement for why I want to take this path and why I would be right for it. But one thing I'm really unsure about is letters of recommendation. I didn't take any psychology classes in undergrad, and most of the professors and instructors that jump out in my mind as people who would happily write me a letter are creative writing instructors, and I'm not sure how relevant their letters would seem to the programs I'm applying for. Any advice on how to frame myself as a competitive candidate (and especially who I might consider asking for letters of recommendation) would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  16. Hi, are there any friendly folks out there who could review/critique my SOP and Personal Statement? They are less than two pages each. I'm applying to UC Berkeley's ESPM PhD Program (basically their equivalent of a Conservation Biology program). I've been tempted to use an online SOP critique service, but don't know if those can be trusted. And I haven't found anyone (professors, career advisors, etc.) at my alma mater who would critique this for me in time for the deadline... am getting a bit anxious, but not loosing hope that help can be found somewhere Thanks in advance!!!
  17. Emailing POI's

    Hey guys, I have waited to email POI's to see if they are accepting students till this month since they're more likely to know about funding. Some of my POI's have indicated on their website if they are accepting a student but I have decided it's time to bunker down and get to writing out good email drafts to send out to all my POI's in the next week. Does anyone have any tips on what I should include in my "reaching out" email? I don't want to send a novel but I want to get across how interested I am in working with them. Secondary note, does anyone have any tips on what I shouldn't include when writing them out? Thanks!
  18. This is a (very rough!!!) first draft of my personal statement for masters programs in counseling. Just a quick look would be more than amazing. I know it's not perfect, it's a first draft and I've never done this before. Throughout my life my main goal has always been a desire to obtain a sense of fulfillment. In my first few years of my undergraduate, I bounced around from major to major, craving that sense of belonging and gratification. However, I was only met by increasing frustration because none of the majors I considered made me feel at all useful or inspired. I declared a psychology major in my second year of my undergraduate career, fueled by an interest in the few classes I had already taken. I have always had a peculiar interest in different psychological disorders. I remember when I was younger, and very into creative writing, I would spend hours online researching each disorder so I could weave them into my characters’ storylines. In a sense, it is like I always knew what I wanted to do but just could not see it. After declaring my psychology major I became extremely driven, and I have never looked back. I had always received superior grades, maintained high honors, and was projected to graduate at the top of my class. This, however, was not what drove me to excel within my education. My desire to move into a counseling field was prompted by my choice to volunteer at COPE Services in Grafton, Wisconsin. At first, volunteering at COPE was simply an opportunity to grow my resume. But I soon realized, that not only was this a resume builder, but it was the most vital part of every week. In my hours spent talking to people on the phone, I have encountered everything from a man who likes to sing Elvis songs to me, a schizophrenic who believes he is possessed by Lucifer, and a woman who, instead of saying hello when I answer, greets me with, “Why won’t they let me die, lady?” I have grown to know these people, they trust me, and I have used every valuable ounce of education to help them. Though crisis situations can be incredibly disheartening, I never leave the office feeling useless. In this, I have found my sense of fulfillment. I have achieved many honors during my time at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I have maintained a position on the Dean’s High Honor list throughout my academic career, and have also earned my place in the Honors College. Since I will be graduating with an honors degree, I will be graduating with the highest undergraduate degree one can earn at my university. Additionally, I have challenged myself with difficult courses, and honors courses outside of my major. I have achieved high marks in each of these classes. My sociology minor has also contributed heavily to my field of knowledge. To be able to look at the individual, as with psychology, and relate it back to larger sociological processes has really helped me understand the way people function. The English department has also recognized me for excellent work in an English class I had taken my sophomore year. I am projected to graduate Summa Cum Laude, and hope to maintain my GPA of 3.902 over the rest of my undergraduate career. Research has also been a huge part of my undergraduate career, and I have gained invaluable knowledge from my experiences The first research project I helped with was one run by Dr. Han Joo Lee in the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Anxiety Disorders Lab. The study I worked on involved participants with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Trichotillomania. We researched how cognitive processes could deter or enforce obsessive or compulsive behaviors in these disorders. I helped collect data for the project, and ran participants through different study phases. I also interviewed participants via the phone to learn about their symptoms and how their disorder has effected them. I was trained to do the MINI diagnostic test, as well as the WASI IQ test. My work heavily involved contact with the participants which helped me learn how these disorders function. I also work as a research assistant at the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. The center is running a long-term study on what methods are most effective in getting individuals to stop smoking. My work involves calling participants to get more information about how they are doing in terms of their mental and physical health, and how their smoking behavior is being deterred or reinforced. Being a research assistant in this labs is vital, as we collect a lot of the data and are counted on to evaluate participants. My ultimate goal is to use the skills I have already learned, and will learn throughout my graduate career, to help minority or disadvantaged groups cope with trauma, specifically women, racial minorities, and LGBT individuals. I am hoping to work with cases of rape, domestic violence, abuse, and trauma. I am also interested in more severe mental disorders, as I have been exposed to quite severe schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorders throughout my experiences in research and volunteering. Though I know this work can be taxing, I do not feel truly connected to anything like the way I feel connected to this. I have a passion for social justice, and could not bear to forego it. I have attempted to take coursework that reflects this. I would consider it my privilege to be able to pursue my graduate studies at _______, and develop my skills further in this enriching environment, whose ideals align closely with mine. I have received a quantitative reasoning score on my GRE that is lower than what I would have liked, however, I believe that my experience and academic history demonstrate how ready I am for graduate work, rather than a single, comprehensive exam.
  19. Hi everyone! I'm from the Philippines and am planning to apply for State Universities in LA for next year. My goal is to become a counselor/mental health therapist for people with mental health issues. After talking to a friend who is doing her MA in Social Work in NYU, she suggested I look into programs like social work/counseling/psychology but with a more clinical emphasis. I'm applying in LA because my family lives there. Does anyone have any suggestions which state schools have good programs? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
  20. Hi all, I just joined grad cafe because I am quite honestly extremely overwhelmed by the application process. I am applying to both counselling psychology and clinical mental health master's programs. My main concerns lie within being able to present myself as an ideal candidate when I don't have any research experience that defines a narrow scope of interest or expertise. I have done my due diligence in finding programs that don't require previous research experience; however, when reviewing examples of statements of intent, I find that most people have a clear interest that sets them apart. I suppose my question is how I can take my various interests/experiences and turn them into a selling point that is cohesive. For instance, I am gaining counselling experience at a distress centre so I am interested in trauma and crisis intervention; I work with a clinical psychologist completing intakes and diagnostic interviews under his supervision; I have some experience mentoring immigrant youth, which has led me to want to work with multicultural/diverse populations; and I've done some peer support with those affected by cancer, which has led to the desire to counsel those suffering from chronic illness, or dealing with loss and bereavement. Would it be unwise for me to express that I would like to further explore these varying interests during my studies in order to determine what path I would like to take? I am simply confused and uninformed about how all of this works so any advice on how you would approach the situation would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
  21. Hi, Newbie to the group here. Excited to be learning and sharing information with everyone. J It’s been my dream to go to grad school. I’d like to apply for a Master’s in Counseling in Europe for a fall program 2017 but don’t know which programs or which countries are good to study in. I’m looking for affordable good programs. Here’s a little bit of my background: I am originally from the Philippines but now work as a business trainer and life coach in Florida. I’ve been working in this position for two years. Before that, I was a university lecturer teaching English as a second language in China for 8 years. I worked as a college instructor in the Philippines and taught English Literature for a year. I have degrees in Applied Linguistics and Literature (GPA 89%- A- =3.7 US equivalent), Secondary Education (B+ =3.0) and Special Education ( A =4.0). Foundation of International Services in the US evaluated my transcripts and they found all degrees bachelor’s equivalent from a regionally accredited university or college in the United States. All my universities are all accredited and recognized internationally. I am also a licensed teacher. I have experience teaching children with autism and orphans who are emotionally disturbed. As a life coach, I had clients who had severe anxiety, depression and OCD. I would like to specialize in multicultural counseling and counsel minorities dealing with anxiety, depression and addiction. I just finished a Certificate of Counseling course from University of the West Scotland and am thinking of volunteering for a suicidal hotline to improve my chances of getting in. I’m not aiming to get into top tier schools though it would be nice. What I would like is a reasonably good school that teaches in English and is academically challenging. I have looked at universities in the US (but the costs were too astronomical) and then the UK but as an international student, many are out of my price range (I’m looking for USD12,000 a year max. I don't want to break the bank). I have heard Germany and other countries are free or subsidized. Can anyone suggest universities with a good affordable program that someone with my qualifications and background can get into? Which cities/countries can I start looking at? I could really use some advice. Hope someone can help. Thanks!
  22. Hi everyone I wanted to ask you about clinical psychology or mental health counseling masters in the US. I am approaching my last year of psychology bachelors in the Netherlands and aim to study my masters in the US (I'm a Turkish-American dual citizen), but I don't really know the system there. My ultimate goal is to provide therapy more so than research, however, I don't want to completely rule out that possibility because I am thinking about pursuing a phd/psyd in the future. But I should note that right now my statistics grades are not the best ( the US equvalent are B's I think). Further, my GPA equivalent should be around 3.4.So I have a couple of questions and I would be eternally grateful if you can help me find answers to any of them - First of all, are 3 years bachelors degrees accepted in the US? If not what can I do in order to become eligible for applying to grad school? - What are my chances of being accepted to a masters program with this GPA? - What type of programs would you suggest I should apply for? I am currently thinking about applying to a clinical mental health counseling program, but all the ones I've checked seem to be completely focused on practice and do not include any master thesis, research expriences etc... - What are the differences between marriage and family therapists and clinical mental health counselors? Cheers, Melike.
  23. Hey guys! Planning on applying this upcoming December but I am struggling with school selections. I would really like to go to a counseling program with a forensic background but other than TTU, all I can find is clinical psychology programs with this emphasis. I really wanted to go a counseling route but it seems like I'm running out of options. Anyone know of any FUNDED counseling PhD programs that has a professor/or emphasis on forensic psych? Thanks!
  24. TC Columbia Counseling vs BU

    Hi all, I made a thread a few weeks back about the Counseling program at BU and got some good feedback. I am currently deciding between there and Columbia, and was wondering if anyone had any insight into comparing these two schools. In dire need since I gave in two deposits! Thanks
  25. BU Counseling Psych

    I've been accepted to a multitude of schools, and right now am between Boston University, Harvard and Columbia. BU gave a generous package, and I am likely going to obtain a GA. I have not heard about funding from Harvard. For any current BU Counseling students out there-what are the best/worst parts of your program? Coming from a non-psych background, I don't have much support with choosing schools. I'm doing my emphasis in school counseling, and I love the research professors are doing and the positive psych/strengths emphasis. I'm just not sure what the job outlook is, and a little worried about the lack of emphasis on multicultural perspectives. Advice/comments? Thanks!