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1 Graduate Programs in Psychology Melinda Schuricht - Psi Chi President Randee Kirkemo – Psychology Club President Lindsey Roberge- Psi Chi Vice President

2 Outline Types of graduate degrees and programs What graduate schools are looking for in an applicant Programs offered at SDSU How to get involved as an undergraduate

3 Types of Degrees PhD- Doctor of Philosophy Many areas Research focused PsyD- Doctor of Psychology Practitioner focused EdD- Doctor in Education MA, MS, MEd- Masters in Arts, Masters in Science, Masters in Education MFT- Marriage and Family Therapist MSW, LCSW- Masters of Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

4 Types of graduate programs Clinical Industrial Organizational Psychology aka I/O Neuropsychology Social/ Personality Psychology Counseling MFT MSW School Psychology School Counseling Educational Psychology Others- Forensic, Sports, Developmental, Rehab, Vocational

5 Clinical Psychology The purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress, abnormal or dysfunction. M.A. Ph.D. vs. Psy.D. Types of jobs/career Helpful website: or

6 Industrial Organizational (IO) Psychology Psychological concepts and methods to optimize human potential in the workplace M.S. in Applied Psychology prepares students for jobs that require the application Types of careers Helpful website:

7 Neuropsychology Investigates the complex relationships between mental events and behaviors and the electrical, biochemical, and structural changes of the nervous system In terms of graduate programs, similar to Clinical psychology Helpful website: or

8 Social/Personality Psychology Studies the effects of social and cognitive factors on the way individuals and groups perceive, influence and relate to other individuals and groups Ph.D. & M.A. Types of jobs Helpful website or

9 Counseling Psychology Similar to the Clinical PhD Different populations Eligible for licensure and internships (APA approved) Generally 4-5 years Acceptance rate 6-10/year Work Environment University settings, private practice, research MA option Helpful website: or

10 MFT Emphasizes on relationships within the family or “system.” Brief, solution-focused, specific with attainable therapeutic goals, designed with the "end in mind." Generally 2-3 years Internship Populations Families, couples, ID patient within a system Work Environment Private practice, military, teaching (MFT programs), integrative collaboration Website:

11 MSW Committed to the pursuit of social justice, to the enhancement of the quality of life, and to the development of the full potential of each individual, group and community in the society MSW vs. LCSW Work Environment Case management, medical social work, counseling (psychotherapy), human services management, social welfare policy, community organizing, advocacy, teaching (in schools of social work), and social science research Helpful website:

12 School Psychology Have specialized training in both psychology and education. Provide Consultation, assessment, intervention, prevention, education, health care provisions, research and planning. Work with students, parents, teachers and school administrators to pinpoint the sources of students' academic, social or behavioral difficulties. Work environment public and private schools (majority) School-based health centers Clinics and hospitals Private practice University, community and state agencies Degrees available MA, MS, MEd, EdS, PhD, PsyD, and EdD Helpful website: NASPONLINE.ORG

13 School Counseling A counselor and educator who helps students understand and deal with social, behavioral, and personal problems. School Counselors work with parents, teachers, school adminstrators, school psychologists, school nurses, and social workers to ensure all students receive comprehensive counseling. School Counselors meet the needs of student in three basic domains of development: Career Academic Personal and social Work environment Elementary, Middle and High School Degrees available Masters w/ or with out PPSC, PhD, EdS, and EdD. Helpful website:

14 Educational Psychology Educational Psychology is the study of how humans learn in an educational setting. Develop educational tests, evaluate educational programs, consult schools to implement teaching and testing changes Work as researchers studying classroom dynamics, teaching styles and variables that can influence learning. Work environment Schools, universities, learning centers and other human development settings. Graduate degrees for educational psychologist’s: MEd: Masters in Education EdD: Doctor of Education Website: APA.ORG

15 Others Forensic, Sports, Developmental, Rehab, Vocational

16 Websites Licensure information in California

17 Programs at SDSU Clinical Psychology PhD MA in Psychology MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Program Evaluation MA in Counseling (CBB) MS in Counseling (School Counseling) MS in MFT Ed.S in School Psychology MS in Rehabilitation Counseling MSW, MSW/MPH, MSW/JD

18 How to get involved as an undergraduate Peer Advising Peer Educator Program Peer Health Educators Research, publications, and conferences Senior or Honors Thesis TA Internships SCOPE or previously FSMP Community Service Work experience Psi Chi and Psychology Club

19 Questions?

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