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Not Just a Break: How I Took Maternity Leave During Internship & Graduated on Time

Not Just a Break: How I Took Maternity Leave During Internship & Graduated on Time

Planning for a baby during your internship year might seem like a daunting task. For me, however, this had been my plan throughout graduate school, as I wanted to take advantage of my health insurance coverage on internship, and then also spend some time as a stay-at-home parent while studying for the EPPP (and recovering from grad school burn out) before starting postdoc. My son was born on June 26, 2018—less than two months shy of my original internship end date and three months shy of my graduation requirements. This is how I planned for my paid maternity leave during internship, finished my dissertation (with mastitis!), and graduated on time.

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Is Religion Welcome in Current Clinical Practice?

Is Religion Welcome in Current Clinical Practice?

In the early history of psychotherapy, research on integrating faith and spirituality did not arouse much interest [1]. However, this attitude has changed in the latter part of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Psychology has, of late, experienced a paradigm shift with an increased openness to religion and spirituality [2]. This paradigm shift refers to the significant change in historical practices in science [3]. It is suggested that counselors, when building a therapeutic alliance with clients, explore and encourage spiritual expression at the client’s discretion. Current research also suggests individuals with a religious and/or spiritual worldview typically find comfort in their religious or spiritual beliefs and practices during times of un¬certainty or crisis.

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5 Tips for Acing Your First IEP Meeting

5 Tips for Acing Your First IEP Meeting

As a private practice psychologist who specializes in educational consultation and school-based behavioral health, I have sat in on hundreds of IEP meetings.

Students and interns in school-based settings often play an essential role in IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings. Many trainees are supervised in administering, interpreting, and reporting on psychological assessment data – which can be quite an intimidating task for new student psychologists.

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How to get the most out of supervision — and what they don’t tell you in school

How to get the most out of supervision — and what they don’t tell you in school

During graduate school, my cohort was often posed with the question of how to respond to various ethical dilemmas. It became a running joke to always answer with one of the following: “It depends,” or “Ask your supervisor.” Before I began to see patients, “ask your supervisor” seemed easy enough to do. In reality, supervision can be a complicated process. At the same time, supervision is an amazing resource that can elevate your professional development. Read on for some considerations for getting the most out of supervision from start to finish.

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Adverse childhood experiences: Traumas that set the framework for life

Adverse childhood experiences: Traumas that set the framework for life

Growing up in a home with physical abuse, emotional neglect, mental illness, alcohol use, or drug use are some examples of childhood adversities. The seminal work of Dr. Vincent Felitti and colleagues asked over 17,000 adults to answer questions about adverse childhood experiences — or ACEs — and current health [1]. Results were shocking: More ACEs led to poorer health in adulthood and early death.

It is important to understand that ACEs do not directly cause poor outcomes; there are likely many mediating mechanisms such as maladaptive coping, unhealthy interpersonal relationships, negative health behaviors, dysfunctional thinking styles, and insecure attachments that contribute to these outcomes. In addition to prevention efforts, these are all potential areas that therapists can intervene to mitigate the long-term effects of adversity.

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What Does it Look Like to Not Match with an APPIC Internship?

What Does it Look Like to Not Match with an APPIC Internship?

Let me paint a picture: You partied with your classmates, convinced yourself you’re qualified, and reached the culmination of the didactic portion of your training. You battled automatic thoughts like, “I’ll be the only person in my cohort who doesn’t match; I’ll be embarrassed; Everyone will think I’m not ready for internship; They’ll be talking about me and I won’t even know it.” You convinced yourself that you won’t be one of those people who don’t match.

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How to Communicate with Doctors as a Behavioral Health Professional

How to Communicate with Doctors as a Behavioral Health Professional

The first time I worked with a physician was during my training as a suicide risk assessment consultant in a hospital.

My job was simple: give the nice doctor a brief run-through of the patient presentation and make recommendations for treatment. I walked into the doctor’s office, smiled, took a deep breath, and I began to regale them with the tale of my time with the patient and how they made me feel.

After about thirty seconds, my story was cut short.

The doctor shook his head, raised his hand, and said “you’re burning my time buddy, just tell me what I need to do.” Caught off guard and sweating profusely, I managed to stumble through some recommendations before the physician said “sounds great” and turned back to his notes.

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