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Graduate Schools and Careers in Psychology Working with a Bachelors Degree work in specialized programs programs for chronic psychiatric patients, prison settings, drug addictions, etc Some employee assistance programs Working outside the field of psychology Major Areas of Graduate Study Experimental Developmental Social Biopsychology Cognitive Clinical Counseling School Industrial/Organizational Masters Programs train people in basic counseling skills marriage and family counseling, drug addiction counseling, group counseling, vocational counseling, family therapy, child therapy, divorce mediation, prison counseling, etc. usually work in group counseling practices, clinics, program for specific populations and employee assistance programs In many states, CANNOT have their own private practice Clinical Social Work (MSW) 2-3 years full time may be easy or difficult to get into depending on the reputation of the university teach students about working in the mental health and social welfare systems Training in counseling and psychotherapy is not extensive; research is not emphasized work in hospitals, clinics, specialized programs, and private practice Industrial/Organizational Psychology In the business world, doing psychological assessments, testing, interpersonal mediation, group dynamic assessments, and workshops May be employed by a specific company or may offer their services freelance Many graduate from clinical and counseling psychological programs Some graduate programs specialize in Industrial/Organizational Psychology May have Masters Degree School Psychology approx. 4-5 years for Ph.D. or Ed.D., 2-3 years for Masters degree trained to do counseling and psychological testing in a school setting understanding of school systems and education Counseling Psychology Ed.D. or Ph.D., usually 4 -5 years full time Ph.D. has more intensified research training emphasize training in counseling/psychotherapy methods require internship experiences and a dissertation often is completely separate from the psychology department at the university work in group counseling practices, private practice, and programs for special populations may teach at universities usually in graduate counseling psychology programs Clinical Psychology Ph.D. 5-7 years either behavioral, cognitive, biological, or psychoanalytic in their approach expected to conduct experimental research, which will culminate in your dissertation. Dissertation - year long research project that you design and conduct on your own Internship in 5th or 6th year work full time in a hospital, clinic, or mental health center – up to you to apply Clinical Psychology Psy.D. 4-5 years specifically to practice psychology - not quantitative research Usually more internship type experiences in a wider variety of settings is required usually work in hospitals, clinics, and private practice Licensing to Practice To practice psychology (and have your own practice) you must be licensed by the state Most states require approximately two years of supervised experience AFTER you get your Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D Must pass a national multiple choice exam And in many states, present a case study to a board of psychologists Clinical social workers also are permitted to have private practices as long as they have been licensed by the state Getting In First screening GPA and GREs Second screening Personal Statement Letters of Recommendation Research Experience Publications, presentations at conferences Clinical Experience Required Courses Third screening Interview Rates of Acceptance 50 - 60% of the students applying to Masters programs are accepted Psy.D. programs accept 25-60 students Approximately 200 apply Ph.D. programs accept 5-15 students 200-400 apply programs typically see about 60-150 applications What is the GRE? The GRE exam, or Graduate Record Examination, is a standardized test required for admission to graduate school programs in the United States and some other English- speaking countries. The GRE tests abstract thinking in vocabulary, math and analytical writing skills. GRE exams are offered throughout the year at various testing centers. The New GRE-1 A new test-taker friendly design lets you edit or change your answers, skip questions and more, all within a section — giving you the freedom to use more of your own test-taking strategies. Another new feature: an on-screen calculator New types of questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, many featuring real-life scenarios that reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in today's demanding graduate and business school programs. Special savings of 50% when you take the GRE revised General Test between August 1 and September 30, 2011. The 50% discount means big savings for you — and another big advantage to taking the GRE revised General Test. . The New GRE - 2 The New GRE -3 GOOD LUCK! Start early! Seek research experience!
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