Time2Track Guest Blogger Series

Supervision Expectations: More than Meets the Eye?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Time2Track Guest Blogger Series | 0 comments

Supervision Expectations: More than Meets the Eye?

This is the third blog post in a four-part series exploring topics related to graduate students’ practicum and internship experiences. The first post focused on how students can track clinical hours in a way that is meaningful, and the second post looked at the features of an effective practicum or internship plan. In the current post, several complexities of supervision during practicum/internship are identified, and ways to achieve clearer supervision expectations are discussed. The post is based on the big idea that supervision is a pivotal part of practicum/internship experiences, but...

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Obtaining a Mental Health Counseling Internship or Fieldwork Placement

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Time2Track Guest Blogger Series | 0 comments

The phone rings and it’s EXACTLY who you want it to be. The director of the local hospital has heard about your stellar first year as a counseling grad student and is offering you an internship! It’s a dream come true…then you wake up. It WAS a dream. The reality is obtaining a placement is something that all counseling students must go through. While it would be wonderful if your performance in school could speak for you, it turns out you will need to beat the pavement to get a placement. Below are six steps that you can take to make the process less painful.

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APPIC Internship Application Cover Letters

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Time2Track Guest Blogger Series | 0 comments

Your cover letter is the first impression Internship Directors/Reviewers have of you, and also where they will be looking to determine how strong of a “match" and well suited you are for their site. Below are some tips that will help you craft your tailored (but templated) cover letter. YES, it can still be a template! It is not the best strategy, or use of time, for you to write an original cover letter for each site you are applying to. While each should appear to be, and read as though, it is in fact written specifically for each site, it is not necessary to write each cover letter “from scratch.” Here's how...

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The Importance of Looking After Yourself as a Therapist

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Time2Track Guest Blogger Series | 0 comments

With heavy workloads and complex cases it is easy to forget the impact our work can have on our physical and mental health. Often we work in isolation, with people in crisis or pain. Alongside the normal life ‘distractions’ we have additional responsibilities in the form of professional ethics, codes of conduct, licensing issues and insurance requirements. All these elements can add up to a big emotional and energy cost for the individual therapist so it is essential to take steps to protect ourselves. Continual professional reflection can help to identify areas where we need to take steps to ensure the weight of the work we undertake is not taking a toll on our own health.

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Preparing to be a Great Job Candidate

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Time2Track Guest Blogger Series | 0 comments

Constructing your curriculum vita (CV), asking for letters of recommendation and writing a cover letter may seem like the first steps involved in obtaining an internship or professional position after graduate school, but in reality, your preparation for going on the job market begins much earlier. The relationships you have built and experiences you have had during your graduate training are the actual preparation. The CV, cover letter, and recommendation letters are simply the mechanisms through which you inform your potential future employer about these relationships and experiences. The purpose of this blog post is to offer some tips for those of you who are in the early or middle parts of your graduate career to help you seek out the relationships and experiences that will make you a better candidate once you seek professional employment as well as to help those of you who are nearing the end of your graduate career identify what you have already done right and where you could focus your attention in the last year or two you have left.

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APPIC Internship Applications: Making Your Autobiographical Essay Unforgettable

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Time2Track Guest Blogger Series | 1 comment

Fall is in the air...the leaves are changing. It's a time of transformation and reflection. This is also the perfect time to reflect on who you are and how to express that to internship directors. One of the most important and most scrutinized materials in your APPIC internship application is the autobiographical essay (Essay #1), yet most students agree it is the hardest to write. While there is no exact method that is “right,” there is some strategy to it, and below I’m sharing some tips for how to make the best impression and maximize on the impact of your essay.

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