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5 Tips for Nailing the Intake Process

5 Tips for Nailing the Intake Process

Meeting with a client for a first-time appointment or an intake assessment can be quite overwhelming – especially as a trainee! Only having 60 minutes to obtain all of the information you need is often challenging and sometimes even feels impossible.

However, I encourage you to think of the intake assessment as both a skill and an art; a skill and an art that can be honed through practice and by implementing the tips offered below. Rest assured that by the time you begin your career as a psychologist, intakes will flow fairly routinely and may not even take a full hour to complete.

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“Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?” How to Get the Most Hours Out of Your Clinical Placement

“Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?” How to Get the Most Hours Out of Your Clinical Placement

Doctoral students have the enormous task of balancing clinical work, research, teaching and coursework; all while ensuring they have enough clinical hours to be competitive for the process of applying for internship. If your clinical placement is not getting you the hours you need, it can add unneeded stress. Here are some tips for each stage of the process to help you advocate for your training needs successfully.

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Hot off the Press: Your First Book!

Hot off the Press: Your First Book!

A few years ago, my best friend (unintentionally) made me feel a bit anxious. We were talking about interpersonal psychology, social skills, and the key to a healthy friendship, when he turned to me and said, “You know too much about this to just keep it to yourself. You should write a book.”

Who, me? No way.

I’m a small potatoes farm boy, and I grew up in a town where it was a major feat to graduate high school, let alone college. Despite the fact that I was in a doctoral program, the idea of adding my name to the shelf felt too far from my core identity. Books were written by inspiring, knowledgeable, and wise people — not people like me.

And yet, my friend’s words stuck with me.

In the fall of 2018, I finally did it. I published my first book.

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A Temporary Hardship: I Moved for Internship, but It Was Worth It

A Temporary Hardship: I Moved for Internship, but It Was Worth It

The year I matched, I was the last the person in the world one would expect to relocate. I was married to a person whose support (and to be honest, income) made my pursuit of a PhD possible. I had three children still in school, two dogs, and I owned a home.

Moving seemed impossible. What would my family do without me? What would I do without my family? I applied to every local site, even those I knew were a poor match. I had never worked with a child a day in my life, but suddenly I found myself applying to every child site within 100 miles of my home. The years spent working in forensic settings suddenly did not matter, as staying put was my only goal.

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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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