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How to Handle Conflicts in Grad School the Smart Way

How to Handle Conflicts in Grad School the Smart Way

Conflict is common when a group of individuals are working toward a shared goal while simultaneously trying to meet their own needs. Needless to say, graduate school is full of conflict. It’s an environment where you willingly compete with those you are closest to, allow yourself to be vulnerable with those who evaluate you, all while trying to develop and maintain your identity as a professional. Although conflict is often viewed negatively, it is not always a bad thing. Here are some tips and strategies for managing conflict while in graduate school.

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Working with Challenging Clients in Psychotherapy

Working with Challenging Clients in Psychotherapy

Therapy is much more challenging with coerced, reluctant, or difficult clients. These are typically clients who are not necessarily ready to make a change in their life, but have been forced to do so by the court system, the child welfare system, or their spouse or significant other. We deal with Axis II patients, angry parents who are in the middle of a divorce, and patients who will not pay. When a client like this enters our offices, we find ourselves cautious, perhaps even afraid or avoidant of approaching issues for fear of the client’s reaction. And to top it off, there are also ethical, legal, clinical, and risk-management choices when making decisions about how to work with difficult clients. But difficult patients need access to therapy too. This article will include advice on how to work with difficult clients and tips for taking care of yourself while doing so.

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Surprisingly Simple Organizational Tools for Psychology Grad Students (and Professionals)

Surprisingly Simple Organizational Tools for Psychology Grad Students (and Professionals)

As a graduate student (or professional) in psychology, like myself, you will likely find yourself juggling many professional obligations and responsibilities. In addition to your personal life, there is certainly no shortage of directions we are pulled in. And I suspect this great challenge is neither limited to the life of a graduate student nor to the life of anyone in the field of psychology. Here are three technology products, apps and websites that you can use on a daily basis to stay organized and stress-free. Plus, most of them are free. These products allow you to organize and automate where necessary in ways that your paper-and-pen cannot.

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Are You Dreading the EPPP?  Here’s How to Prepare for it.

Are You Dreading the EPPP? Here’s How to Prepare for it.

The EPPP: 4 letters that will strike fear in the hearts of clinical psychology graduates everywhere! Developed and administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPBB), the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology is a 225-item test of endurance spanning 4.5 hours (including the 15 minute tutorial). For many, the EPPP represents one of the last hurdles that must be tackled before they can hang up a shingle outside of their office doors and proudly proclaim themselves to be a licensed clinical psychologist. To help reduce your anxiety about the EPPP, I am delighted to share 6 of the most helpful preparation tips that I received. Good luck!

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6 Helpful Hints for Networking as a Behavioral Health Professional

6 Helpful Hints for Networking as a Behavioral Health Professional

The time has finally come – you are out of class and working full-time. While this an exciting venture in your career, there are new challenges that you may face. One of these challenges is networking. As you interact less with your former classmates, it can be difficult to maintain professional relationships and build new ones. But rest assured – here are six helpful hints for staying active in the community and continuing to network as a professional.

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7 Tips for Climbing the Student Loan Mountain & Paying Off Debt

7 Tips for Climbing the Student Loan Mountain & Paying Off Debt

Four years of undergrad. Five years (or more) of graduate school. Postdocs. We’re talking a minimum of 10 years from start to finish in order to become a Licensed Psychologist! If you’re like me, you are paying your tuition and school expenses largely through student loans, whether federally funded or private loans. Each year, that number keeps adding up. What was once a small hill has now formed into a mountain of debt! And once you’re no longer a student, that mountain looms over you as you begin a required low repayment plan. But what can a student do? Here are seven tips from my recent experience as a 29-year-old early career psychologist.

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Import Your MyPsychTrack Data into Time2Track

Import Your MyPsychTrack Data into Time2Track

If you’ve been using MyPsychTrack to log your hours but are considering switching to Time2Track, we’ve made it easy for you to import the data you’ve already logged. Our MyPsychTrack Import Tool is quick and simple to use – all you need to do is export your “Activities Report Spreadsheet” from your MyPsychTrack account, then drag-and-drop it into the Time2Track import interface. That’s it. Time2Track handles the rest. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions.

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The AAPI Explained: Shedding some light on APPIC’s requirements & completing the AAPI

The AAPI Explained: Shedding some light on APPIC’s requirements & completing the AAPI

Applying for internship can be a daunting task, especially if you’re applying through APPIC. The APPIC Application for Psychology Internships, or the AAPI, is used by doctoral level psychology students to obtain an APA accredited internship or APPIC accredited internship.

The AAPI requires applicants to report a large amount of somewhat complicated data, and it can be quite confusing figuring out what goes where.

At Time2Track, we’ve spent an exorbitant amount of time scouring the AAPI (and its instructions) to make sure we’re providing the right information in the correct format. The AAPI instructions can be confusing too, so we’ve pulled out the parts that are often overlooked, and hopefully that will explain a little more about how our calculations (and APPIC’s requirements) work.

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5 Things you can do with Time2Track’s Activities List

5 Things you can do with Time2Track’s Activities List

Time2Track’s Activities List is a different way to view your activities. But it’s a little bit hidden and we haven’t done a very good job of letting you all know that it’s there. The Time2Track Activities List view is just what it sounds like. Instead of viewing your activities in the Calendar, you can see them in a list. Just by showing you your activities in this way, it allows us to provide some pretty powerful tools to work with your data. Here are 5 ways you can use the Activities List.

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4 Ways to Backlog your Hours

4 Ways to Backlog your Hours

If you’re switching to Time2Track from another tracking method like a spreadsheet, notebook, or MyPsychTrack, we’ve got you covered. If you’ve ever put off logging your hours (like most students have), we’ve got that covered too. Regardless of the reason, if you ever find yourself with a bunch of hours to log, here are 4 ways to get yourself back on track.

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