Need a mentor for the application process to Clinical Psych PhD programs
January 24, 2014 1:39 PM Subscribe
I am doing a post-bac program in Psychology and hoping to apply to a Clinical Psychology PhD program (I know that for practitioner focus, PsyD's are recommended but FUNDING IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME. I have already gone into ~$100K of debt to do this post bac program as a result of career change. If there are PsyD programs that provide funding I would be into that too. Just looking to shape a strategy here).
I want to know how I can find a mentor who can give me good advice through this process because I'm kind of at a loss when thinking about and structuring my approach to applying.
posted by bengalibelle to Education (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
More info: My Post Bac program does not provide the best guidance. It is more of a self-starter type of program where the "program" is just a platform through which students can take courses in psychology after having a BS/BA in another field. We have social events and we also have access to specific Q&A sessions for all undergrad students interested in graduate study in Clin. Psych, but the PostBac faculty adviser's background is in experimental psych PhDs and she seems most suited to provide guidance for those post-bacs interested in non-clinical psych, and seems to strongly discourage people from applying to Clinical Psych PhDs ("It's really difficult - reconsider your choices" kind of thing). I do recognize that I have chosen a difficult track, but I want to be a therapist so changing my career track is not the point of this question nor is the point to be more realistic about my goals, etc.
The program has a Faculty adviser who is supposed to meet with students interested in Clinical Psych but she is EXTREMELY busy and difficult to get a hold of; this is not just my perception, almost every other clinically-minded post bac feels the same way. She is wonderful but just, I need a little more than what she can provide. My institution basically has only one professor for undergrad and post-bac students interested in Clinical Psychology, as the school is very heavily experimental-psych focused. The Clinical track for this school is in a separate institution whose faculty is ... just not as available. I have gotten the sense that since they are light years ahead in their careers than I am, and since they are research-focused being in an academic program rather than being practitioners (i.e. Therapists), they may not be particularly interested in mentoring me anyway.
Anyway the point of all that is to say that I don't currently have access to the type of advice and support that I really need. So I am posting here to ask if there is anyone who has successfully applied to and been accepted to (and bonus points if you already are a therapist) a more practitioner-minded, rather than reseach-minded, Clinical Psych program, who would be willing to play a light mentorship type of role to me, or would be willing to entertain the idea, or can at least point me to the direction of resources that can help me out here.
I feel slightly bordering on overwhelmingly at a loss when I think about applying to programs, and I think a lot of it is because I did my undergrad in a different field, and a lot of it is because I just don't really have the right information to guide me in this process. I think information coming from a personal source would be better to me than just Googling stuff, if that makes sense.