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Applying to Grad School in Clinical Psychology… Things They Don’t Always Tell You! *****
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This slide show contains my personal observations on the process of applying to graduate school in clinical/counseling psychology. These are NOT the official views of Rutgers University, or the Rutgers Psychology Department, so read with caution.
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Before applying, you should know the following things… 1. Which degree is best for you? (PhD, PsyD, or MSW?) Clinical PhD – By far the most difficult. However, if you can get into a PhD program, your education will be paid for. You must have a passion for & lots of experience in research. We get about 250-300 applications per year, for 4-8 slots. Many of our applicants already have publications.
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PhD– With a PhD, you can do therapy, conduct research, write and publish articles, apply for grants, teach, etc. People with PhD’s do not typically have a private practice, but rather, they engage in scientific activities and teach at universities. This is by far the most rigorous of the degrees.
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Before applying, you should know the following things… 1. Which degree is best for you? (PhD, PsyD, or MSW?) PsyD – Not as difficult, however you will pay out of pocket for your education. You must have a passion for doing psychotherapy & some experience working in a mental health care setting. Being involved in research also looks good, and you must be interested in learning evidence based therapies.
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PsyD– With a PsyD, you can obtain a license and do unsupervised therapy. This means that you can be part of a team or group practice, or you can have your own practice. You can conduct research and write and publish articles, but only if you have an affiliation with a research institute. However, this degree is not as scientifically rigorous as a PhD.
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Before applying, you should know the following things…
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course PSYCH 340 taught by Professor Ackroff during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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