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Licensure Mobility as a Psychologist & Why You Should Bank Your Credentials

Licensure Mobility as a Psychologist & Why You Should Bank Your Credentials

Imagine these scenarios: (1) You are a practicing licensed psychologist, presented with the opportunity of a lifetime across the country. (2) You live on the border between two states and want to expand your practice into another state. (3) You have to move to a different state for your partner’s new job – or you’re just looking for a change of scenery. Each of these scenarios requires you to obtain a license in a new jurisdiction. If you read my previous article about becoming licensed, you know that the process is detailed. I was initially licensed in Virginia, two months before learning that I would soon move to South Carolina. Luckily, I was prepared for this; I knew that this would only be the first of many moves. Wanting to ensure that my license was mobile, I took steps to meet potential training requirements a state may have (like completing a postdoc) and gathering certain information and “banking” it in one place.

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Attention Psychotherapists…You’re Going to Fail.  [Part III]

Attention Psychotherapists…You’re Going to Fail. [Part III]

We often know our goal, but rarely what lies in our way. “There is a road, no simple highway” (Hunter, The Grateful Dead, 1970). At times, we may find that no matter what we try, we cannot seem to overcome the problem and reach our goal – our cabin on the hillside. No matter how hard we wish, for some problems there is no simple highway – no quick-fix, deus-ex-machina, five-step solution, or magic wand. These are the points in life when people most often turn to psychotherapy; they have tried everything and, to varying degrees, may have a fantasy that psychotherapists have some top-secret piece of advice. Especially therapists-in-training who are excited about helping, anxious to prove their competence, and unfamiliar with the uncertainty of the therapeutic process might find themselves colluding with this client’s wish for a magic solution in order to reduce both parties’ uncertainty.

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Client Boundaries in a Forensic Setting

Client Boundaries in a Forensic Setting

Imagine that you are in private practice. You are wrapping up your first session with a new client and he reaches out to shake your hand. What is your response? Now imagine that you are doing clinical work in a correctional facility. Your client, a prisoner, reaches out to shake your hand at the end of a session. What is your response? Is there a difference between how you would respond in the first scenario versus this one? Are there definitive right or wrong ways to respond to either scenario?

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6 Ways to Develop a Better Reputation in Grad School

6 Ways to Develop a Better Reputation in Grad School

You work hard. It’s Friday, and here you sit in your last class of the day running at about 10% capacity. You begin to nod off as your professor blesses the class by turning off the lights to show a video clip. As you slide slowly off your seat and are rudely greeted by the cold floor, you realize that you might not be showing your best self. Granted, humans have bad days. Although we can’t always prevent off-days from happening, we can work to improve the message we send.

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What I Wish I Had Known Upon Entering My Postgraduate Year

What I Wish I Had Known Upon Entering My Postgraduate Year

You’ve worked long and hard and put huge amounts of energy into your chosen profession, and now you’re entering your postgraduate year. As you look for a great site that will utilize your skill-set, it’s also important to have a plan for making the most of this final year of training. In this article, I will share some of the things that I wish I had known prior to beginning my postgraduate year.

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5 Steps to Building Your Personal Self Care Plan

5 Steps to Building Your Personal Self Care Plan

Self care. Everyone in our professional and personal lives talks about it, but it’s easier said than done, right? It seems we all intend on going to the gym, spending valuable time with loved ones and enjoying those extra moments of our favorite television shows, but sometimes things get lost in translation. And we may find ourselves yet again buried underneath a mountain of work with little hope of accessing our original intent. So, what’s the remedy? There are lots of resources available to us, but perhaps if we set aside some time to build our self care plan, it is less likely to crumble under stress. The following steps will help you to begin building a solid foundation to create and maintain a self care plan – despite the challenges that inevitably arise as we progress in our careers.

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The Millennial Therapist: How Social Media Affects Our Lives and Our Work

The Millennial Therapist: How Social Media Affects Our Lives and Our Work

The Millennial generation, born roughly between 1980 and 2000, is a generation categorized by the digital age. An overwhelming majority owns a computer, a smartphone and uses the Internet daily. Coined “digital natives”, Millennials are a generation raised on using social media as a primary way to communicate and express oneself. This is the generation that is now entering into the field of psychotherapy. The social media obsession has significant implications for this generation of psychologists, both relationally and professionally. We are entering into the field with a perspective of the world much different than our predecessors. We deal with public exposure in a way that has not yet been faced. There can be some harmful consequences of our lives being so public. As we enter into this field, we must be thoughtful about our social media use and the implications it has for both our work as therapists and in our personal lives.

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Improve Your Sleep Hygiene by Following These 6 Simple Rules

Improve Your Sleep Hygiene by Following These 6 Simple Rules

Graduate students and early-career professionals know how challenging, nay, grueling our work can be without a good night’s sleep. With all the demands of practice, coursework, family matters, research, and so forth, how can we hope to squeeze in a solid 8 hour sleep session? Furthermore, how can we fall asleep when our minds are racing through that seemingly endless list of responsibilities and deadlines? We toss and turn and check our phones, remembering that each waking moment is wasted rest time. All of us (well, hopefully all of us) try to practice good hygiene by bathing regularly, brushing/flossing teeth, and so forth. Yet, few of us try to practice good sleep hygiene. Now, you might be asking “What is sleep hygiene anyway?” Read on to find out what it is and how to improve it.

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How to Ace Your Case Presentations & Vignettes During APPIC Internship Interviews

How to Ace Your Case Presentations & Vignettes During APPIC Internship Interviews

It’s tough enough preparing to answer questions, but in most interview scenarios, you know you will also have to either present a case or respond to a vignette. In my experience, this often causes the most anxiety about interviews. However, do not distress! You have solid clinical skills already, and you have likely done this kind of thing before many times over, so try to channel that. It helps to also know what to expect and how to actually best prepare. My tips below should help ease some of the angst and worry.

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A Psychologist’s Honest Review of 7 Cups of Tea

A Psychologist’s Honest Review of 7 Cups of Tea

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article discussing the problems with obtaining mental health care without insurance. One of the suggestions I included was using an online community, such as 7 Cups of Tea, for additional support when needed. While this site has become fairly well known, I know many people who still are not aware of it or who do not know what an amazing resource it can be. The goal of this blog article, therefore, is to introduce readers to 7 Cups of Tea as well as provide an inside view of the site from a psychologist’s perspective.

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