Hola from Ecuador

Posted on August 07,2014 by latinomentalhealth

Each time I embark on a new immersion adventure I am always the most nervous about potential language barriers. I obsess about my language capabilities and worry if I will be understood by locals. Fortunately, the language of compassion is something that is easily translated and understood... even in the Amazon!

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Social Responsibility, Latino Mental Health

Decisions, decisions

Posted on April 17,2014 by aliatmspp

As tax day approached, so, too, did the deadline to respond to invitations graduate programs. I think back to a year ago when I was buried in my own decision-making process; I had spreadsheets, pro-con columns strewn about, and the counsel of friends and family. The factors included in my process were the following:

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Tagged Change of Career, Clinical PsyD, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Applying to MSPP

Tips for Surving the GRE

Posted on February 27,2014 by aliatmspp

For some of us, standardized tests are the last thing on our bucket lists. The truth is if you thought you were done with filling in bubbles with the SATs, I have some tough news for you: not only do you need to bubble-in like a champion for many national voting procedures, but equally bubble-riffic are exams like the GRE and the Examination of Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). However, depending on where you take it, it’s likely that your exam will be administered on computers, so you can put your #2 pencil away. As you may know, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for entrance to MSPP’s Clinical PsyD graduate program; it is an optional application material for the Master’s programs, and the PsyD programs in both School Psychology (“strongly recommended” that you take the GRE for the School Psych PsyD program) and Leadership Psychology. This post will take a closer look at the GRE and offer some tips to employ when tackling that computer screen’s challenges.

As previously mentioned, for most test takers, this exam will be computer based. Please note that there was a significant overhaul of the GRE a few years back, so for those of us who may be rusty, let me offer some conventional wisdom: from what I understand, the “newer” (as of 2012, I believe) GRE is adaptive between sections, not within sections. Knowing this takes the pressure off those first five questions that had been touted as the most important in the previously adaptive GRE. Also, you can skip questions, flag questions, and scroll through questions. This is helpful for those moments when you’re stumped and feel the need to move on but not completely abandon ship. One overarching theme I might advise is to be sure that you understand what each question is really asking. This applies to both verbal and quantitative questions. If you’re not sure about a response, it’s okay to flag it and come back to it.

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Tagged Change of Career, Clinical PsyD, Organizational Psychology & Leadership, School Psychology, Applying to MSPP

Technology in the Desert and in Suicide Prevention

Posted on December 26,2013 by jeanc2013

The Holiday Season can be a lonely time of year, especially for people deployed in austere environments for the sake of patriotism and selfless duty.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Counseling Psychology, Veterans

Operation Christmas Cards: Support a Soldier

Posted on November 15,2013 by snguyen617

I was walking by the kitchen on the first floor yesterday when- much like how I discovered the Survivor Quilt Project (some are still on display, if you haven't checked it out already)- I came across this:

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Veterans

Where's Waldo, and Why Should We Care?

Posted on October 28,2013 by snguyen617

During a slight bout of procrastination today I found myself looking for Waldo.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth

One more for the mix

Posted on October 26,2013 by naomimspp

Just a little intro to get started...

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Applying to MSPP

Halfway Through- A Review of the First Half of the Semester

Posted on October 18,2013 by snguyen617

The semester is already half over! I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some of my observations about MSPP's Clinical Psy.D program up until this point.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Applying to MSPP

Team MSPP Midterms: Mission Possible

Posted on October 16,2013 by aliatmspp

With all of the excitement around Boston sports teams recently, I was inspired to think about collaboration and teamwork à la MSPP. And no, this is not a post regarding good luck beards or other talismans.

It’s a lovely fall Saturday morning, around 11 am. Some 20 students or so stream out of a classroom where a review session has just taken place. Some are trying to digest the material. Others are thinking about which marathon – ‘Law & Order: SVU’ or ‘Sex in the City’ – to commit to for the day. Curiously, there’s a group of students still in the classroom. No, they’re not refreshing Twitter to see what Miley’s up to. And they’re not just waiting to hit up the coffee machine. Instead, this group is asking questions of each other, working together in continuing to review.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD

From Français to Field Placement

Posted on October 07,2013 by aliatmspp

Hello! I’m Ali, and I’m a first-year Clinical PsyD student at MSPP. I grew up a dozen miles or so from MSPP’s campus. Actually, my grandparents used to live within a ten minutes’ walk from Wells Avenue. I went to Amherst College for undergrad, where I majored in two departments that are not widely regarded as traditional foundations for a career in psychology: French and Political Science. Eager to start doing “meaningful” work after graduation, I took one of the first jobs I came across, which was working as a teaching assistant at a residential treatment center. At the time, I had no idea what a “residential treatment center” really was, whom it was intended to serve, and what the academic goals would be for these students. But the combination of kids, counseling, and teaching seemed like a good one.

I was there for a short time in a variety of roles, from educational advocate to frequent participant in crisis management. However, the one-on-one and group teaching moments made me curious about teaching. There was a school nearby that needed a French teacher to cover for one semester. It was a match made in online job posting heaven. That one semester of teaching turned into eleven semesters; I taught languages for five and a half years, teaching every grade from first to eighth – except for second. While teaching, I also had the opportunity to coach, to mentor and to advise students. And I was fortunate to learn a lot about the ABC Family television line-up and songs from the Top 40. All the while, I found the most fulfilling aspects of my job to be getting to know my students as people outside of their French personae (each student picked a new francophone name like Fatima, Jacques, or Boubacar) and helping them navigate the bumpy terrain of middle school life.

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Tagged Change of Career, Clinical PsyD