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Title: Clinical Psychology Information Night! Not for Seniors Only Are you a Freshman, Sophomore or Junior considering Graduate Study in Clinical Psychology?


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Clinical Psychology Information Night!Not for
Seniors OnlyAre you a Freshman, Sophomore or
Junior considering Graduate Study in Clinical
Psychology?
  • WHEN? Thursday, October 4,
    2012WHERE? Science I room 149TIME? 730
    PMWHO? Professor Stephen Lisman
  • Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • BU Department of
    Psychology

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  • Selected topics
  • Differences between M.A., Ph.D, PsyD, Clinical
    and Counseling programs
  • How to prepare for graduate study in Psychology
  • The application process
  • Life in graduate school
  • Frequently asked questions and misconceptions
  • Income of Psychologists
  • Whatever else you want to ask about

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Useful Resources(click on hyperlinks)
  • General sources of interest
  • http//psyccareers.apa.org
  • http//psych.hanover.edu/handbook/applic2.html
  • http//www.psywww.com/careers/index.htm
  • https//fp.auburn.edu/clinicalpsychgradprogs/
  • Psi Chis excellent resources
  • http//www.psichi.org/pubs/search.aspx?category17
  • http//www.psichi.org/Support/ .enter search
    term

  • (continued)

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Useful Resources (continued)
  • Differentiating PsyD/PhD, Clinical/Counseling,
    etc.
  • http//www.psichi.org/pubs/articles/article_171.as
    px
  • Topics to be covered
  • Considering a masters? (below)
  • The Unvalidated Graduate School Potential Test
  • Important factors in graduate admissions

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Conceptions and Misconceptions
  • Is grad school just 4-6 more years of going to
    school?
  • (what is life in grad school like?)
  • Is it more difficult to get into clinical psych
    grad programs than to get into medical school?
  • What will my income be?
  • Should you even bother to apply?
  • (see the Unvalidated Grad School Potential
    Test)

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Decisions
  • PhD or PsyD?
  • Counseling or Clinical?
  • Affordable?
  • The student with the Top 10 list
  • A masters degree?

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Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Programs(differences most often are in emphases
and are relative, not distinct)
c Clc






Ccoun Cou Col Cl
Clinical Counseling
No. of programs (2009) Acceptance rates 234 8 66 6
Where housed Assessment training Therapy orientation Employment Dept of Psychol. IQ, Projectives, Pers., Objective, etc. CBT, Psychodynamic Private practice (ClgtCo) Psych, Counseling, Ed. Career, vocational, etc. Rogerian UCC (CogtCl)










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PsyD or PhD(from Norcross et al.)
  • Differences are more quantitative not
    qualitative,
  • http//www.psichi.org/pubs/articles/article_171.as
    px
  • Research skills
  • Length of training.
  • Acceptance rates .
  • Financial assistance
  • Loan debt
  • Licensure exam scores

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  • The student with the Top 10 list
  • A masters degree?
  • pros and cons
  • Should You Get a Masters First?
  • Master's and Myth Little-Known Information
    About a Popular Degree
  • where?

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Other good Masters programs
  • Villanova
  • St. Josephs
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Ball State
  • Connecticut College

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What to look for
  • Read the program data (Truth in Advertising)
  • Characteristics of recent classes (e.g., BU)
  • http//www2.binghamton.edu/psychology/graduate/
    clinical-psychology/applicant-data.html
  • Research/practice (e.g., Insiders Guide)
  • APPIC data -- match rates for internship
  • Fit

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I read your application folder
  • The data on what counts most
  • (see next two slides)
  • Domains of excellence/accomplishment
  • Uniqueness
  • Skills
  • Letters of recommendation
  • From whom?
  • How to help letter writers to help you
  • You worked part time

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FAQs
  • What should I be doing when? (timelines)
  • http//www.psichi.org/Pubs/Articles/Article_801.as
    px
  • (continued)

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FAQs
  • How much weight is given to the GRE?
  • http//www.psichi.org/Pubs/Articles/Article_818.as
    px  (GRE revisions)

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FAQs
  • What if my grades were not so good one semester
    (year/2 years)?
  • What if my research was not clinical?
  • What if my recommendations are not from clinical
    psychologists?
  • What if my statistics grades are weak?
  • What if I dont get in?

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THE UNVALIDATED GRADUATE SCHOOL POTENTIAL
TESTDeveloped by Patricia Keith-Spiegel
  • This exercise is developed to assist you in
    exploring whether graduate school is for you.
    Although this 'test' has not undergone any
    validation evaluations (i.e., checking to see if
    the answers one gives are indeed reliable
    predictors of graduate school success or failure)
    the items are based on knowledge of the graduate
    school experience and have 'face validity.' The
    items are so transparent that anyone could 'fake'
    a 'successful' profile. However, unless you
    answer each question in a completely honest
    fashion, the results will be of no use
    whatsoever. Remember, no one will see the results
    except you, so you aren't trying to perform for
    or impress anyone!
  •  
  • Answer each question according to how it applies
    to you using the following scale
  • 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  •  
  • Strongly Disagree Slightly
    No Slightly Agree Strongly
  • Disagree Disagree Opinion Agree Agree  
  •  
  • 1. Living on a strict budget for 4 to 7 years
    while studying most of the time does not bother
    me at all.
  • 2. I enjoy writing term papers.
  • 3. I hate giving verbal presentations in front of
    class.
  • 4. I enjoy reading books about psychology even if
    they are not assigned reading. .
  • 5. I put off studying for a test as long as
    possible.

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Grad School Potential Test (contd)
  • 6. On many occasions I have given up desirable
    social opportunities to study instead.
  • 7 . I expect to earn a very good salary (i.e.,
    50,000 per year or more) soon after I get my
    graduate degree.
  • 8 I hate to study.
  • 9. I have trouble concentrating on my studies for
    hours at a time
  • 10. I read over recent issues of professional
    journals on a fairly regular basis.
  • 11 I dislike spending lots of time in the
    library.
  • 12. I have a tremendous drive to enter a
    profession in psychology.
  • 13. There are other careers besides one in
    psychology that are also of great interest to me.
  • 14. I intend to work full-time at my career for
    most of my lifetime.
  • 15. Im sick of school right now.
  • 16. I get good grades.
  • 17. My grades are far below the capacity I
    actually have.
  • 18. I have a flair for statistics.
  • 19 I think a PhD would be valuable to have
    primarily because of the social status it
    provides (e.g., being addressed as 'Doctor').
  • 20. I like doing research projects.
  • 21. I dislike being in competition with other
    students.
  • 22. I can carry out academic projects without
    direction and assistance.
  • 23. I will have to work at a job during the
    graduate school years in order to support myself.
  • 24. I am already comfortably competent (or well
    on my way) with computer skills

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Grad School Potential Test (contd)
  • SCORING
  • Add up your total score of points from the scale.
    For items 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21,
    and 23, REVERSE your scoring (i.e., give yourself
    7 points for a I answer, 6 points for a 2 answer,
    etc.).
  •  
  • KEITH-SPIEGEL'S INTERPRETATION OF TOTAL SCORE
  • 156 Good graduate school material. Your goals,
    attitudes, accomplishments, and habits
  • appear to coincide with what is usually necessary
    to succeed in grad school.
  • 130-155 You can probably make it if you also make
    some changes before you start.
  • 78-129 Cause for concern. You may be bright
    enough, but there are other problems.
  • 26- 77 Carefully reconsider going to graduate
    school at this time. The picture of a satisfied
    successful student just isnt there.
  •  
  • Keith-Spiegel adds that she gives the above
    breakdown because that's what tests like this
    usually offer, but that your total score gives
    only very general guidance. She goes on to say
    that 'personally, I think that an analysis of
    your response to each item individually is far
    more useful than any overall generalizations
    based on a total score.
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