Monday, February 21, 2011

Wish me luck!

I know I've been quiet around these parts lately.  Things have been pretty busy and and stressful for me. As part of my program I need to find a practicum position for next year so that I can continue to develop my clinical skills and gain more experience.

You see, becoming a psychologist isn't just a one or two year deal - I'm in a six year program. I went in at 23 and I'll have my PhD when I'm 29, and that is if I get my dissertation done on time and don't take any time off for baby having. In this six year period I'm responsible for completing three full years of graduate coursework, teaching, research requirements, and five years of hands on clinical experience (i.e., therapy). Some years are mainly devoted to one of these endeavors and other years are devoted to all of them. For example, my first year all I had to worry about were classes and my last final year will just be an internship where I get to do therapy full-time. But now, in my second year, I am in classes, conducting therapy at a counseling center, and working on my thesis. I get exhausted just thinking about it!

via phd comics

Even though it is super busy, I really enjoy being a therapist. It is originally why I went into psychology and I'm really looking forward to all the new experiences and opportunities I'll have these next few years. The downside of all of this?

Finding a new placement! Honestly, the application process has been bringing me down :( It is hard not to get stressed out when it feels like my whole future is riding on this. Getting real world clinical experience is a core part of the program so not having a placement is just not an option.

I know this will all be figured out soon enough, but until then please wish me luck!


  1. Oh, best of luck!! I worked in a Psychology PhD program for a couple years while I was in graduate school for public health. So, I know how intense it can be. I'm thinking of you!

  2. If you can't find a practicum, you can come live at my house. I have enough emotional problems to keep you busy for at least a year! lol.

    Good luck though, I hope you find something!

  3. Wishing you much luck! Sounds like you know what you'd like to do. I have my own private practice and love it. I opted to do the master's in educational psychology route and love the private practice route.

  4. just came across your blog :) love it! i live in the chicago area and i know how difficult it can be to find something! you'll be okay hun!

  5. Thank you so much for all of the well wishes! It really makes me feel more confident! I think my interview today went well, but I don't want to get my hopes up. I'll be sure to let you know how it works out!

  6. Good luck! I hope you get it, I'm crossing my fingers for you.


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