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Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, 2012/2013 Edition Paperback – September 8, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1609189327 ISBN-10: 1609189329 Edition: Revised Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; Revised Edition edition (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609189329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609189327
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A 'must read'…. Like many other Directors of Clinical Training, I could continue to pull my hair out over the increased individual inquiries regarding how to get into graduate school, or simply refer each individual to the well-written, fact-based latest edition of the Insider’s Guide."--Sally H. Barlow, PhD, Director of Clinical training, Brigham Young University


"There is a definite need for this book, which improves with every edition. Prospective graduate students will significantly increase their chances of gaining admission to clinical doctoral programs when they use this outstanding guide."--Arnold A. Lazarus, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Rutgers University

 

"Imagine for a moment, a growing crowd of people who are all attempting to get through doors that are passageways to the careers they desperately want. If you find yourself in this reality that students face in attempting to gain admission to graduate programs in clinical psychology, the Insider’s Guide is a 'must read.'"--C. R. Snyder, PhD, Director of Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas

 

"The authors have created a valuable guide for applicants. The wealth of practical information and insights gleaned from their research and personal experiences should help applicants make the strongest possible application to the schools of their choice. This well-written, encouraging book will be a great asset for anyone applying to clinical or counseling psychology programs."--Barry A. Hong, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine


"I was lost and confused before I stumbled across this wonderful piece of literature! It answered every question I had, narrowed down my choices. The ranking system was great!"--Lisa Oldfield, clinical psychology applicant

 

"Your book has helped me immensely. It was fun to read and contained great suggestions and insights that I would have been clueless about. Thank you for providing this resource for students!"--Timothy G. Lock, graduate student

 

"Your book means so much to me. The Insider’s Guide was the most helpful piece of literature I came across during my years of research into graduate programs. It was almost like a bible to me."--Sharon Lee Hudson, doctoral student

 

"I bought your book at the suggestion of my undergraduate psychology advisor once I decided to go back to school after spending nearly 10 years in the nonprofit sector. Your book has been extremely helpful and I have used it as my road map in guiding my efforts to set myself up to be successful in applying to schools this year. Thank you for writing this book--I really would not have known how to navigate the process without it."--George Lewis

 

"I am writing to thank you for the second time for the remarkable resource the Insider’s Guide has been. My girlfriend has just successfully utilized your most recent edition and has been accepted into a clinical PhD program. Great stuff!"--Jason Paris, graduate student

 

"I cannot express enough gratitude to you for the Insider’s Guide. Your book was the most important resource that I used during my applications to PhD programs in counseling psychology. It is exceptionally written, incredibly applicable, and, most important, it is clear, concise, and pragmatic. Thank you so much for remembering how stressful and chaotic the application process can be, as well as being empathic enough to pull together a resource that I am sure has helped so many graduate students."--Kimberly Tran, doctoral student

 

"I love your book! This book is excellent for focusing upon specific areas of interest as well as going about the process in a systematic, logical manner. Great job!"--Helen Rowan, MA, clinician returning for her doctorate  

 

"Your book is simply a godsend! I found it to be instructive, informative, and a great comfort."--Emily M. Douglas, psychology undergraduate



"The essential and practical guide for those who are considering pursuing graduate-level degrees in clinical or counseling psychology....It is objective, informative, and almost like having your own personal advisor to guide you along the way."--Doody's Review Service
(Doody's Review Service 2011-09-10)

"[Helps] students prepare to gain entrance into the two specific subfields of psychology that are popular but extraordinarily competitive. The book is written in a pragmatic, conversational tone that is easy to understand. The advice is realistic, which is important when each year applicants in the triple-digits usually compete for slots in the single-digits. Highly recommended."--Choice
(Choice 2011-09-10)

"The Insider's Guide focuses on the complete application process with sample documents, worksheets, and timelines. Advice, warnings, and an easy-to-read format give this book an edge over resources providing program descriptions only, such as the American Psychological Association's Graduate Study in Psychology and Peterson's Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The text is supplemented with helpful statistics and the worksheets assist readers in defining the most important criteria for choosing schools."--American Reference Books Annual
(American Reference Books Annual 2011-09-10)

About the Author

John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, University of Scranton, USA; and Michael A. Sayette, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Customer Reviews

The information within this book is priceless.
Wrzos
Has a lot in there for you to read and information on places all over the country and organized very well.
masha
In fact, the book offers a section on how to figure out which programs you should apply to.
Paul Letendre

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Letendre on August 19, 2012
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This book not only answered the questions I had about the application process to doctorate programs, but it also posed new questions for me to consider that I hadn't before. I ended up crossing off a number of programs I was planning to apply to from before I bought this book, and expanded my list to include other programs I might not have heard of otherwise.

I want to stress that this book is a good starting point, but you should always gather additional information about the programs from an official website before you apply to them, just to double check for accuracy on the information you obtained and such. It can be a bit tedious to go through each of the doc programs by the book's structure, but there are a number of other ways to guide your decision making process with this book (e.g. various indexes in the back of the book re: faculty research interests).

If I could give future graduate students one piece of advice when applying to programs, don't choose a school...choose a mentor (since matching/mentoring is a HUGE part of the final selection process). In fact, the book offers a section on how to figure out which programs you should apply to. Your best-fit programs will become obvious to you through this process. Again though, you want to not get too excited by certain self-reports that schools submit (e.g. claims of 100% match on APA internship), so make sure you follow up with website visits afterward to investigate for yourself (especially on tuition remission/stipend claims).

In sum, this is a wise investment for any serious doctorate applicant who is beginning the timely and onerous process of preparing applications.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Elijah R. Perry on October 31, 2011
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I ordered this book hoping that it would outline *ALL clinical/counseling graduate programs*, but it does not. It only has Ph.D and Psy.D programs! Yet nowhere on the book does it say that. If you're looking for a book that will provide information about clinical or counseling oriented masters programs, this is not it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ali on February 28, 2012
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This book was very helpful to me in the search for the right school. I bought Graduate Schools in Psychology by APA at the same time not realizing this one also offered an index of the schools in U.S. and Canada. However, this list is not exhaustive like the APA book and could be a little more organized for my taste. But overall a great buy for someone thinking about going into graduate school in clinical/counseling psychology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wrzos on May 7, 2013
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I purchased this book last month to help me with my process of finding graduate schools with my interests in clinical psychology. I was completely lost in where I need to gather all the information and what steps I should take next, and it was very anxiety inducing. However, with this book I had many things I needed in one place: information on school's stipends and financial aid, their acceptance rates, and most importantly the application process itself. The information within this book is priceless. It is all in one place rather than spending hours and days randomly looking up information online on schools and trying to organize it. I know it is an edition old, but I believe that the information is still relevant for applying this fall (2013).

I have recommended this book to my friends who are also interested in clinical psychology and they also believe this book is incredible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jpnmtminerals on May 3, 2012
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Very helpful information which brings better understanding of the graduate programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.
Important tool for students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tekla N. Waterbury on December 28, 2013
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Very thorough and made me aware of questions to ask admissions before applying to programs. Really great buy to help you consider all the factors in the big decision of going to graduate school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Harsey on November 22, 2013
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This book has been very helpful for my daughter in finding the schools with the kind of programs she would like to attend for grad school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JWolff22 on April 6, 2012
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Great book for a quick overview of various doctoral psych programs. As a professor, I use this with students often for a desk reference.
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