I Like School Work in June. How about You?

Posted on March 05,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

Today was the first day of registration for summer classes. I signed up for Clinical Practice of Psychodynamic Theory and Positive Psychology for summer session I, official confirmation that I won't be able go with my college friends on their ridiculous Europe vacation. :( But whatever. I get a kick out of summer classes; although the material is more dense due to the time constraints, the atmosphere on-campus feels lighter and more carefree, and you sorta develop these "summer" bonds among fellow classmates.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Around Boston

Putting the "Ew" in "Lit ReviEW"

Posted on March 03,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

Actually, I kinda enjoy writing this lit review (it's for my Clinical Seminar class); I got a late start on it, however, and it's due on Wednesday, so.... "ugh," "ew," "boo," hiss, and whatnot. I have set up shop at a cafe with my friend who keeps distracting me with stories about this guy she likes who sounds like a sonofagun. (Love ya, girl)

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Never Stop Questioning

Posted on February 27,2013 by hmonkmspp

I went to a really great liberal arts school for undergrad. At first, I appreciated how much they made us think and question, and then question thinking and question questioning. However, after four years of it, I was kind of done with all the philosophical fluff talk of exploring morality and history and questioning everything. I was ready for practical learning in grad school where I learned how to really help people. All the questioning and fluff is nice and important, but I thought that it was getting in the way of learning how to simply treat people in the field of psychology.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth, Experiential Education

Baby Fever

Posted on February 19,2013 by hmonkmspp

This year, I've had a serious case of Baby Fever (click that link- Time Magazine says it's a real emotion!). I have been seriously obsessed with babies and toddlers. Maybe it's because I just turned 23 and have hit my "fertile years," or maybe it's because I spend all my time procrastinating my schoolwork by watching videos of babies and kittens. OR, I can pretend to blame school, and say that my classes are talking about infants and adolescents right now. There are quite a few students in my classes that have children, and often use them as examples for discussion.

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History Major + Environmental Studies Minor = Career in Psychology...

Posted on February 02,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

I know that many people are currently interviewing or considering applying to MSPP, so I figured that today I'd share my "story" (there's really not much of a plot or climax, but you got it) regarding how I ended up in the PsyD program here.

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Tagged Change of Career, Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth, Applying to MSPP

How did I get here?

Posted on January 30,2013 by hmonkmspp

At 22 years old, sometimes I wonder how I ended up at one of the best clinical PsyD programs in the country straight out of undergrad. Here I am, sitting next to people with years more experience in life and/or the field of psychology, learning from incredibly knowledgeable and well-known professors. How did that happen?

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Applying to MSPP

Where My Ladies at

Posted on January 22,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp


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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Around Boston

A Little DBT

Posted on January 15,2013 by sdmosaligantimspp

As a second-year psychology student, you hear a lot about DBT ("Oh, DBT is so great"), but never really get an opportunity to thoroughly learn about it. Luckily, my practicum site, Wheelock College, hosted a DBT training for staff and interns. Originally developed by clinical psychologist Dr. Marsha Linehan to be administered to treat those with "borderline" personalities, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, given its simplicity and elegance, could be applicable to almost anyone looking to quell their distress or anxiety.

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Community Mental Health Histories

Posted on January 15,2013 by hmonkmspp

Every person on this planet is affected in some way by mental health issues, either directly or indirectly. If someone does not have a personal history with mental health struggles, he/she is still affected by his/her community's history with mental health.

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Here We Go

Posted on January 09,2013 by hmonkmspp

Every time I say that phrase, a very popular 'N SYNC song comes to mind...

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth