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The APPIC Internship Match: How to Stand Out in a Sea of Quality Applicants

The APPIC Internship Match: How to Stand Out in a Sea of Quality Applicants

Remember the old saying “there are many fish in the sea”? Well, that saying also applies to the number of applicants to potential internship sites, and it can sometimes make an applicant feel overwhelmed and anxious. It is no surprise to those in the psychology field that there are many more applicants than there are internship placements. This is a discouraging fact that has been present for some time now. Although the gap continues to decrease and the field of psychology continues to find creative ways to lessen this gap, the fact remains that it is all the more important to learn how to better market and sell yourself to potential internship and training sites.

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7 Secrets to Getting Your Dissertation Done on Time

7 Secrets to Getting Your Dissertation Done on Time

When it comes to writing a dissertation, graduate students are forewarned about the challenges of procrastination, motivation, and sheer endurance required to approach the task. Simply thinking about writing a dissertation can sometimes trigger negative thoughts and lead to avoidance. But do not fear! Having awareness of these obstacles is the best way of overcoming them. Being cognizant of the pitfalls can help you plan ahead and be ready for the trials that await you. Based on my own personal experience as a doctoral student currently in the midst of dissertation writing, the following secrets are some of the ways I have been able to meet deadlines and prepare for my final defense.

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After the AAPI: A Winning Game Plan for Networking as a New Intern

After the AAPI: A Winning Game Plan for Networking as a New Intern

The internship year has proven to be as transformative as I’d anticipated. I have sharpened my clinical skills, taken on supervisory, leadership, and managerial roles, and gained confidence. More importantly, I found the advantages of being in professional “limbo;” functioning simultaneously as student, trainee, clinician, supervisor, manager, and consultant has given me license to network with anyone whose job entails some aspect of learning, teaching, counseling, or training. Admittedly, I learned to network as an intern through trial and error. Being a great Monday morning quarterback (aren’t we all?), I can offer the following strategies for a networking game plan that will lead you from the internship to your dream job.

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From Grad Student to Professor in One Leap

From Grad Student to Professor in One Leap

Securing a position as an adjunct professor less than 6 months after completing my doctorate was both exciting and terrifying. Three months later, I can honestly say that it is some of the most rewarding work of my life to date. I urge clinical psychology students to remember that the potential applications of your training do not begin and end with seeing and serving clients.

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Starting a Family During Grad School & Achieving Work / Life Balance

Starting a Family During Grad School & Achieving Work / Life Balance

Between running studies for your research, trying to get enough clinical hours, classes, comprehensive examinations, supervising undergraduates, lab meetings, teaching assistance-ships, and many other graduate school demands, it is sometimes a great accomplishment to squeeze in a few moments for lunch. There is a general tacit agreement amongst graduate students and oftentimes, their supervisors, that achieving work-life balance is hard enough given the demanding schedules of graduate school; but achieving work-life-and-family balance can feel near impossible. Although it may be challenging, it is not impossible. As a fourth-year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology and a mother of a 2-year-old toddler, I want to offer a few insights that I have learned along the way about juggling work and family.

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Attention Psychotherapists … You’re Going to Fail.

Attention Psychotherapists … You’re Going to Fail.

And there’s nothing you can do about it! You have to fail. You must fail… If you want to succeed. To foster a patient who loves himself, warts and all, therapists must accept and own their foibles and follies. To the best of my knowledge, there is no greater strength than the courage to look our demons straight in the eye. This is a question – “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” – you will face at comprehensive exams and internship interviews; my answer always begins, “they are one-and-the-same: my greatest strength is how I have grown from my weaknesses.”

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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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