Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology
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This expertly written guide, now in its 2020/2021 Edition, is the resource you can rely on to help you choose--and get into--the graduate clinical or counseling psychology programs that meet your needs. The Insider's Guide is based on intensive research and includes information, advice, and decision-making worksheets not available from any other source. A handy time line pinpoints important steps to take in the months and years leading up to submitting your applications. In-depth profiles on more than 300 accredited programs provide details on specializations or tracks, admission requirements, acceptance rates, financial aid, research areas, and clinical opportunities. The 2020/2021 Edition includes profiles of 16 additional programs, as well as the latest information on prerequisite coursework, student loans, and more.
Table of Contents
1. Introducing Clinical and Counseling Psychology
2. Choosing the Ph.D. or Psy.D.
3. Preparing for Graduate School
4. Getting Started
5. Selecting Schools
6. Applying to Programs
7. Mastering the Interview
8. Making Final Decisions
Reports on Combined Psychology Programs
Reports on Clinical Psychology Programs
Reports on Counseling Psychology Programs
Appendix A. Time Line
Appendix B. Worksheet for Choosing Programs
Appendix C. Worksheet for Assessing Program Criteria
Appendix D. Worksheet for Making Final Choices
Appendix E. Research Areas
Appendix F. Specialty Clinics and Practica Sites
Appendix G. Program Concentrations and Tracks
Michael A. Sayette, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment as Professor of Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also serves on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and the Center for the Neural Bases of Cognition, a joint program of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Sayette has published primarily in the area of substance abuse, with a focus on the development of psychological theories of alcohol and tobacco use. Dr. Sayette is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He is a recipient of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Toy–Caldwell–Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12). He has served on National Institutes of Health grant review study sections and is on the editorial boards of several journals. He also has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Dr. Sayette is Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and has directed graduate admissions for the clinical psychology program. He has presented seminars on applying to graduate school at several universities in North America and Europe.
John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, and a board-certified clinical psychologist. He has been elected president of the International Society of Clinical Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Psychotherapy, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. With more than 400 scholarly publications, Dr. Norcross has authored or edited numerous books, including Leaving It at the Office, Second Edition: A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care and Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology: 2020/2021 Edition. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution to Education and Training Award from the APA, the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation, and the Rosalee Weiss Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and is an elected member of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Norcross has given lectures and workshops in 30 countries.
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"I highly recommend that all applicants to clinical and counseling psychology graduate programs use this excellent guide to identify programs that match their specific career interests, goals, and strengths....As the training director of an APA-accredited counseling psychology program, I appreciate the detailed instructions for preparing a compelling personal statement, creating a flawless CV, forging professional relationships that will lead to strong letters of recommendation, and interviewing successfully. It will be a pleasure to meet prospective graduate students who have put this 'insider' information to good use!"--Sharon "Sherry" Rostosky, PhD, Professor and Director of Training, Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky
"The Insider's Guide was an essential tool in helping me find the right doctoral program. When applying to graduate programs in psychology, it can be difficult to navigate between counseling or clinical, and PhD or PsyD. This book is organized in a way that helps you compare and contrast programs....There are so many programs to choose from--use this book to sort out those you are most interested in, and you will end up saving money on applications and finding the best fit."--Kimia Mansoor, PsyD student, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California
“The Insider's Guide was an invaluable resource for me as I tackled the tedious process of applying to graduate school. With so many programs out there, this book provided me with vital information to narrow down which ones would be right for me. The book provides important details on each program--such as types of funding, emphasis areas, and internship statistics--in a clear and organized manner....I recommend it to all my friends going through the process."--Mallorie Carroll, PhD, psychology resident, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston
"The advice and insights in this book helped me figure out my career and research interests, and it saved me from a lot of extra effort and heartache that I experienced when I was working on the application process on my own. Highly recommended for anyone considering graduate school!"--Theresa Trieu, doctoral program applicant
"[The authors] guide the applicant along every step of the application process. They point out the pitfalls, loopholes, benefits, and drawbacks to almost every element of applying to graduate school. They fulfill their purpose to the greatest possible degree and provide a resource that is thorough and articulate. Worry not, potential psychology graduates: the Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is your number-one resource and will provide you with all of the information you need." (on the 2016/2017 edition) PsychCentral.com 9/17/2016
"This is the only in-depth and practical reference every student must have when considering graduate study in psychology. As the field continues to evolve, so do the institutions. Students planning to pursue graduate education need this guide to make the right graduate program decisions….The authors are cognizant of the needs of undergraduates and returning graduate students. As in prior editions, the authors clearly share a considerable amount of insider knowledge in a genuinely logical manner….This is the how-to guide for any undergraduate looking to apply to grad school in psychology. This edition does not disappoint. Every edition evolves with the graduate process in psychology and honestly answers the questions that arise among those considering graduate study in psychology. Every undergraduate program should make this mandatory reading for their undergraduates and anyone considering graduate psychology education. I have had the pleasure of reviewing this guide since the 2002/2003 Doody's Review Service 10/19/2018
"The Insider's Guide focuses on the complete application process with sample documents, worksheets, and timelines. Advice, warnings, and an easy-to-read format give this book an edge over resources providing program descriptions only, such as the American Psychological Association's Graduate Study in Psychology and Peterson's Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences." (on the 2014/2015 edition) American Reference Books Annual 6/18/2014