Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology: 2002/2003 Edition

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This perennial bestseller, now in its 2002/2003 edition, is the resource that students count on for the most current information on applying to doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology. Based on the authors' ongoing research, the Insider's Guide presents up-to-date facts on more than 275 accredited programs in the United States and Canada. Each program's in-depth profile includes admissions criteria, acceptance rates, research areas, specialty clinics, and more. The book also shows applicants how to...
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Overview

This perennial bestseller, now in its 2002/2003 edition, is the resource that students count on for the most current information on applying to doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology. Based on the authors' ongoing research, the Insider's Guide presents up-to-date facts on more than 275 accredited programs in the United States and Canada. Each program's in-depth profile includes admissions criteria, acceptance rates, research areas, specialty clinics, and more. The book also shows applicants how to determine which programs best meet their needs; obtain prerequisite credits, clinical experience, and research skills; master personal and telephone interviews; and prepare strong application materials. Special features include sample letters and personal statements, an application timeline, worksheets to aid in selecting schools and making informed final decisions, and listings of websites on a variety of topics-from the GREs to financial aid.

New in the 2002/2003 edition are additional data on acceptance rates, enrollment rates, and the average length of time to complete each program; increased information on financial aid; updated appendices on research areas and clinical opportunities; and profiles of 25 newly accredited programs.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for previous editions:

"The process of applying for admission to graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology can be daunting. This valuable resource guides individuals through the process....Recommended for college libraries."—Choice

"An excellent resource....The authors are faithful to the title; this is truly an 'insider's guide.'...****"—Doody's Annual

"Your book has helped me immensely. It was fun to read and contained great suggestions and insights that I would have been clueless about. Thank you for providing this resource for students!"—Timothy G. Lock, graduate student

"Prospective graduate students will significantly increase their chances of gaining admission to clinical doctoral programs when they use this outstanding guide."—Arnold A. Lazarus, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University

"I was lost and confused before I stumbled across this wonderful piece of literature! It answered every question I had, narrowed down my choices. The ranking system was great!"—Lisa Oldfield, clinical psychology applicant

"Imagine for a moment, a growing crowd of people who are all attempting to get through doors that are passageways to the careers they desperately want. If you find yourself in this reality that students face in attempting to gain admission to graduate programs in clinical psychology, the Insider's Guide is a 'must-read."—C. R. Snyder, PhD, Director of Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas

"This book is excellent for focusing on specific areas of interest as well as going aout the process in a systematic, logical manner. Great job!"—Helen Rowan, MA, clinician returning for her doctorate

"Simply a Godsend! I found the book to be instructive, informative, and a great comfort."—Emily M. Douglas, psychology undergraduate

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is an update of a practical guide for those who are considering pursuing graduate level degrees in clinical or counseling psychology.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide an organized system to guide potential graduate candidates in making a well-informed decision about their own interests and the programs to which they may apply. The author's objectives are timely, well-intentioned, and without a doubt met by this latest edition.
Audience: Written primarily for anyone seeking admission to graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology, individuals with master's degrees who are considering doctoral level programs will also find this book beneficial. The authors are cognizant of the needs of undergraduates and returning graduate students. The authors clearly bring forth a considerable amount of insider knowledge in a genuinely logical manner.
Features: This updated and revised edition highlights the progressive changes in applying to graduate programs and is an exceptional stand-alone guide. Readers are guided through each step of this arduous process and can easily reference this book at any point in time, for instance after a letter of acceptance or rejection. A unique feature are the extensive reports on individual graduate programs in clinical, counseling, and professional-scientific psychology. The multiple worksheets and timeline in the appendixes serve excellent aids.
Assessment: As the graduate process continues to evolve and as new challenges and questions arise among those considering graduate study in psychology, the need for a reliable, insider's guide to graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology is essential. This latest publication answers this need and is clearly a necessity for each academic year. I only wish I would have been fortunate enough to have had this resource when I was applying to programs. Those who purchase this book will be quite fortunate to have such a resource.
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Praise for previous editions: "An excellent resource....The authors are faithful to the title; this is truly an 'insider's guide.'...????
From The Critics
Written for students applying to doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology, this guide provides information on 275 accredited programs in the United States and Canada. Each entry describes the program's admissions criteria, acceptance rates, research areas, specialty clinics, enrollment rates, the average length of time it takes to complete the program, and financial aid. The admissions process is outlined from an insider's perspective, with advice on successful applications. Sample materials, a timeline, and worksheets are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572307216
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/29/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Norcross, PhD, received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and completed his internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is Professor and former Chair of Psychology at the University of Scranton, a clinical psychologist in independent practice, and past president of the APA Division of Psychotherapy. He has published more than 150 articles and 12 books, including the coauthored [i]Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Resources in Mental Health[/i].

Michael A. Sayette, PhD, received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University and completed his internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Sayette has published primarily in the area of substance abuse. His current research is supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Tracy J. Mayne, PhD, received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology as an Honors Fellow at Rutgers University and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco Medical School and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. He currently directs Outcomes Research for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and is an adjunct Associate Professor at New York University and Columbia University. His publications include [i]Emotions: Current Issues and Future Directions[/i] (coedited with George A. Bonanno).

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures vii
About the Authors ix
Acknowledgments xi
Preface xiii
Chapter 1. Introducing Clinical and Counseling Psychology 1
Clinical and Counseling Psychology 1
The Boulder Model (Ph.D.) 5
The Vail Model (Psy.D.) 6
A Word on Accreditation 8
Clinical Alternatives 9
Research Alternatives 12
A Word on "Back-Door" Clinicians 13
To Reiterate Our Purpose 13
Our Approach 14
Chapter 2. Preparing for Graduate School 15
Different Status, Different Needs 15
A Master's Degree First? 17
Graduate School Selection Criteria 18
Course Work 20
Clinical Experience 23
Research Skills 25
Entrance Examinations 29
Extracurricular Activities 35
Chapter 3. Getting Started 37
Common Misconceptions 37
Costs of Applying 38
Starting Early 39
For the Research Oriented and Dually Committed 40
For the Clinically Oriented 45
For the Minority Applicant 46
Assessing School Criteria 47
Chapter 4. Selecting Schools 53
A Multitude of Considerations 53
Research Interests 54
Clinical Opportunities 55
Theoretical Orientations 58
Financial Aid 60
Quality of Life 62
Putting It All Together 62
Chapter 5. Applying to Programs 64
How Many? 64
Application Form 65
Curriculum Vitae 66
Personal Statements 69
Letters of Recommendation 71
Transcripts and GRE Scores 76
Unsolicited Documents 76
Application Fees 77
Check and Recheck 77
Chapter 6. Mastering the Interview 78
The Dual Purpose 78
Rehearsal and Mock Interviews 79
Interview Style 80
Stressful Questions 83
Group Interviews 84
Telephone Interviews 85
A Note of Thanks 86
The Wait 87
Chapter 7. Making Final Decisions 88
Acceptances and Rejections 88
The Financial Package 90
The Alternate List 91
Decision Making 92
Finalizing Arrangements 93
If Not Accepted 93
Two Final Words 95
Reports on Combined Professional-Scientific Psychology Programs 97
Reports on Individual Clinical Psychology Programs 105
Reports on Individual Counseling Psychology Programs 235
Appendix A. Time Line 275
Appendix B. Worksheet for Choosing Schools 277
Appendix C. Worksheet for Assessing Program Criteria 279
Appendix D. Worksheet for Making Final Choices 280
Appendix E. Research Areas 281
Appendix F. Specialty Clinics and Practica Sites 312
References 329
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    You've gotta have this book!

    Ive been working on applying to graduate school for about a year and have bought almost every book on the market. This book, used in conjunction with the APA's Graduate Studies in Psychology handbook, have been lifesavers. It helps you find schools doing research in your areas, lets you know about the grants available in those areas, and other up-to-date info. When I went to an admissions session at Teacher's College, Columbia University, the director of the Clinical Program was using this book as a reference. Its invaluable if you are applying to grad school in the near future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    Great Reference Book

    This book not only includes descriptions of various Ph.d programs in both clinical and counseling programs, but explains the differences and similiarities among the programs. This book offers an extensive detailed description of programs in the US and Canada. Also, the schools offering various specialities are listed in the back. A great book for those seeking assistance in applying to graduate school in psychology.

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