Graduate School For Psychology Majors PSYCHOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE ADVISORS TERRILL HALL 330 Do I Need a Graduate Degree? Degree versus License What Do You Want To Do?
Types of Degrees Research versus Practice Types of Programs Accreditation Do I Need A Graduate Degree? Myth: I must go to graduate school. UNT Career Center http://careercenter.unt.edu/ Careers in Psychology Workshop Free Career Counseling at UNT Counseling and Testing Services
http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/counseling-testing-services 940-565-2741 Degree versus License University: Degree State: License License only required for practice Ph.D. or Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist (LP) Masters Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) LMFT, LMSW, LCDC, etc
Which Type of Graduate Degree MASTERS DOCTORAL M.S. Psy.D. M.A.
Ph.D. M.ED. Masters 2-3 years Practitioner focused Little financial support Admits many students With a masters in psychology or related field (counseling, marriage and family, social work, etc.) you can practice independently as a
licensed mental health professional in the state of Texas Different laws/rules state to state Psy.D. 4-5 years Practitioner focused Little financial support Admits many students Licensed Psychologist Ph.D.
5-7 years Practitioner and research focused exception: experimental and some other programs are strictly research focused Typically good financial support Admits few students Licensed Psychologist Which One Is Right For Me? 1. If you are interested I working in academia, then you need a Ph.D.
2. If you are interested in working in a hospital setting, forensic psychology, psychological or neuropsychological assessment then you will need a doctoral degree: Ph.D. or Psy.D. 3. If you are interested in doing psychotherapy, then a masters, a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. may be right for you. Picking And Applying to PSYC Programs
What Types of Programs? Clinical Counseling Health Experimental Industrial/ Organizational Developmental Behavioral Analysis Child psychology
Social Cognitive Educational Forensic Marriage and Family Learning Neuropsychology Neuroscience Pediatric
School Choose what interests you and what you would be happy working in possibly for the next 20+ years. Luckily, psychology areas overlap a lot, so if you are trained in one specialty, you can sometimes switch specialties later on with more education and experience
in the new specialty. Where Do I Apply? For Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs apply to APA-accredited programs http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs Apply to 10-15 programs For masters programs A bit more complicated because APA doesnt accredit them Look at APA-accredited doctoral programs and see if the department also offers a standalone masters degree (terminal masters) CACREP accredits counseling programs, including masters program
http://www.cacrep.org Apply to 4-5 programs How Do I Find Out About Programs Program Websites APAs Graduate Study in Psychology Insiders Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology
Connect with faculty and students Information on Accreditation Accreditation provides public notification that an institution or program meets standards of quality set forth by an accrediting agency. Doctoral graduate programs in: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/ Clinical Counseling School psychology and
Other developed practice areas Internship Licensure www.asppb.org Some agencies only hire folks from APA-accredited programs Picking a Mentor/Advisor Pick a mentor/advisor from each school you are applying to and read their publications Familiarize yourself with what professor does Send an email: their work is interesting, and curious whether taking
new students Play it by ear Mentor/Advisor relationship very important for Ph.D. and Psy.D. Research Clinical Experience/Involvement Areas to Emphasize GPA
Cost Research If interested in graduate school, become involved in research early Complete Quantitative and Experimental Methods ASAP Become involved in UNT PSYC Research Labs More competitive with a higher GPA or previous experience Can formally apply during beginning of semester Or express interest to faculty member in their research lab Learn about research labs and faculty research on PSYC Dept website https://psychology.unt.edu/faculty
Different faculty members have different requirements and expectations Research Join research team Procedures Special Problems Form on Advising Website Work hard in lab Professor will likely write a letter of recommendation Try to present poster at conference such as APA or APA even if not first author
Clinical Experience, Involvement Some applied programs like some practical experience Demonstrates interest and commitment to clinical role Can volunteer or have a part-time job in a counseling-type role Volunteer opportunities Friends of the Family (www.dcfof.org) UNT Volunteer Center (940-565-3021) Volunteer Match (www.volunteermatch.org) Involvement Psi Chi
Leadership opportunities More Volunteer Opportunities Suicide and Crisis Center of Dallas 214.824.7020 Denton County MHMR 940.565.5282 University Behavioral Health 940.320.8100 Irving Family Advocacy Center 972.721.6555
The Nelson Childrens Center 940.484.8232 GPA Higher GPA is always better Especially in PSYC coursework Programs vary in their competitiveness and their GPA requirements All else being equal: 3.5+ competitive for Ph.D. programs 3.4+ some Psy.D. or even Ph.D. programs 3.0+ some masters or even Psy.D. programs
2.8+ some masters programs Cost Graduate school is very expensive In general, masters students dont get much financial assistance Sometimes allowed to teach, research or do office work for pay PsyD students don't usually get much assistance either PhD students usually get tuition waivers and part-time jobs as research assistants or teaching courses Keep in mind the cost of living in your program UNT in Denton versus Columbia University in New York City
Curriculum Vitae (CV) Graduate School Applications Transcripts Miscellaneous forms Personal Statement GRE scores
Letters of Recommendation Curriculum Vitae Academic Resume Career Center Help Personal Statement Plan on spending a lot of time on this essay Most difficult 1-2 page essay youll write Stand out, but not overly personal or long
Control your message Never say I want to get into psychology because I like to help people Let others look it over (graduate students, professors, friends). Make it at least somewhat personal to each school. You can have a generic outline, but make it individual to every school. What Personal Statement 1. What got me interested (psychology and specific area) Opening: Original but not ridiculous Discussing own issues almost never advised!
2. What Ive done so far Not CV Research (Ph.D.) Possibly comment on GPA or GRE 3. What Id like to do in the future Confident but not egotistical 4. Fit: Program and mentor/advisor (Ph.D.) GRE: Graduate Record Examination Most graduate programs in psychology and related fields will require you
to take the GRE Similar to the SAT Verbal Math Essay But computer adaptive test and $$$ $230 to take it, $20 to send to each school beyond first 5 Studying is essential!!! Increase comfort with content and structure for best performance Raise Your GRE Score
Study Learn directions ahead of time Adaptive computerized test First 5 questions in each section most important Guess rather than skip Find and study high-frequency word lists In reading comprehension, read for structure, not details If problem-solving math question stumps you, work backward from the answers If a logical reasoning question stumps you, start by finding the conclusion and work backward while examining the premises
Letters of Recommendation Be careful of who you select! Knows you well and will write a strong letter Most prestigious Psychology instructors preferred Best to ask in in person Often graduate students write and the faculty member signs Be nice to graduate students Letters of Recommendation (2)
Give early deadlines Give at least 6 weeks notice Provide EVERYTHING : List of all schools and programs Clear, brief instructions Preaddressed stamped envelopes Personal statement CV Any additional information Worst Case Scenario
Timeline Freshman and Sophomore Year Finish core PSYC classes (1630, 1650, 2317, 2950) Maintain high GPA Big 4 Personality Developmental Abnormal Social
Others Physiology Learning and Memory Perception and Cognition Freshman and Sophomore (2) Get to know faculty Ask questions in class Office hours After class Psi Chi when eligible
9 PSYC hours 3.0+ overall and PSYC GPA Junior Year If you havent already, join a research team Volunteer Study for the GRE Make a list of programs you want to apply to see APAs Graduate Study in Psychology Insiders Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology or equivalent
Form relationships with faculty Summer Before Senior Year Take the GRE Can take it again with enough time to send scores by deadlines Ask professors for letters of recommendation Make sure to do this as early as possible Make final decisions (degree, programs, potential advisors) Continue doing research Increase GPA, especially PSYC Write personal statement
Save money for travel and interviews Senior Year Most Ph.D. applications due December-January, with masters applications due right after Make sure its turned in on time Verify receipt Keep doing research You dont want to have to explain why you suddenly stopped Keep doing well in your classes Go to interviews
Usually notified of acceptance or rejection by April 15 must accept or reject offer in writing by April 15 Resources Career Counseling Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/counseling-testing-services; 940-565-2741 Career Center http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/career-center; 940-565-2105 CV; Mock Interviews; Free Business Cards
The Learning Center GRE Preparation Workshops; Online GRE Resources; GRE Study Materials http://learningcenter.unt.edu/EntranceAndCertificationExamPrep Psychology Undergraduate Advising TH 330; https://psychology.unt.edu/undergraduate-program/advising
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