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Diversity in Mental Health Treatment: Section Student 10 Blog

This Section 10 Student Blog piece by Bridgett Boxley discusses the important issue of diversity in mental health treatment. It is a widely accepted concept in social and clinical psychology that self-identification begins with acceptance and exclamation of one’s chosen identity. How an individual arrives at this stage of wholeness is complex for multiple reasons. For example, the individual must …

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Emotional Support Animals: Considering the Ramifications

This SCP Student Blog post by Adam Duberstein discusses the role of emotional support animals in clinical psychology. Within days after receiving my master’s-level license to practice psychotherapy in Michigan, two acquaintances asked me to write them letters which they could use in order to obtain an emotional support animal (ESA).  ESAs are quite different from service animals, which perform specific …

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Five Tips for Psychology Graduate Students for Talking to Clients About Sex and Sexuality

This SCP Student Blog piece was written by Jessica Cowan, SCP/Section 10 Campus Representative, and Leja Wright from Antioch University in Seattle. Talking to clients about sex and sexuality in psychological interventions has been a sensitive topic throughout the history of our field. However, as we become increasingly aware of the complex interactions of biopsychosocial factors in the lives of …

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Section 10 Graduate School Survival Guide and Tip Sheet

This SCP Student Blog piece by the SCP Section 10 Campus Reps is a useful resource to individuals who are preparing to apply to graduate schools in psychology. Applying to Graduate School? Determine what school, degree, focus you’re applying to based, not on what is interesting to you, but on what schools are most likely to connect you to the …

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A Survivor’s guide to Clinical Supervision

This student blog piece was written and submitted by Amanda R. Simmons, M.A., SCP, Section 10 Campus Representative, University of Denver In finishing up my second year of the doctoral program at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, I reflected on the number of times I heard that the success of supervision depends on the “fit” between …

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Reflective Practices for Graduate Students

This SCP Student blog post written by Lia Smith highlights some excellent pointers for graduate students in psychology. Many of us enter graduate school with the assumption that we are about to embark on a unique period of heavy workloads and extreme stress. We are so excited for the opportunity to pursue our long sought-after goals that we’re prepared to …

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Treatment Considerations for Undocumented Patients

This SCP Blog is written by David Talavera, a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at the University of Houston who is completing his predoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. Let’s try a little exercise: Pretend you’re a patient waiting for your therapist for the first time. You’re in the waiting room. It’s quiet. You hear the air-conditioning humming. You …

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Navigating Supervision: Ten Tips for Psychology Graduate Students

by Jessica Cowan, SCP/ Section 10 Campus Representative For many of us, when we begin our graduate-program work the concept of clinical supervision is a mysterious concept. We hear about supervision experiences from students further along in their training, and it’s perhaps conceptually and briefly addressed in initial coursework, but other than knowing that we will one day be assigned …

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Making the Most of Summer

by Keri Kirk, SCP/ Section 10 Campus Representative As clinical psychology graduate students, we spend the academic year juggling many hats. We’re researchers, externs, teaching assistants, and so much more. We dedicate ourselves to becoming experts in providing service to others all while balancing our personal lives and individual obligations. By the start of summer, many of us just want …

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Fighting the Imposter Syndrome in Graduate School

Two months into the second semester of my clinical psychology Psy.D. program I opened my email like I would on any normal day. Only this time, there was an email from the community mental health center based at my university. The email said that after careful consideration, I had been assigned a client. I couldn’t believe it. I was finally …

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Tips for the APPIC Process

A clinical psychology intern at the Institute of Living shares some helpful tips on the APPIC predoctoral internship application and interview process. By Shari Steinman, intern at the Institute of Living-CBT Track To those of you applying for internship this fall, I thought it might be helpful to share some tips I have about the application and interview process. I found the …

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Ten Tips to a Successful Academic Career

An early career psychologist, Dr. Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, offers ten tips to a successful academic career: 1. Carve out research time and treat it like any other appointment you wouldn’t cancel. I am guilty of not doing this enough. It was easier during graduate school and post doc to set aside time to just sit in front of my computer analyzing …

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Mentors: Who Needs Them?

Mentors: who needs them? By Saritha Teralandur Graduate school applications: A time of wondering if all those years spent as a research assistant with a 4.0 G.P.A will finally pay off. Then, you get a letter of acceptance from a program that you were holdi ng out on other offers for! Once you start graduate school, you realize that you …