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Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology: 2010/2011 Edition (Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology) 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews


“I am writing to thank you for the second time for the remarkable resource your 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


“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 of Psychology, Rutgers University


“I cannot express enough gratitude to you for the Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. 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, 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


“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 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


“Students need to realize that the Insider’s Guide is much more than a shopping list of statistics about programs to be picked up before sending off the first wave of applications. In fact, this is a resource that all students seriously considering careers in professional psychology will find valuable as soon as they declare their major.”--Bryan D. Fantie, PhD, Director of Behavioral Neuroscience, American University

About the Author

Michael A. Sayette received his baccalaureate cum laude from Dartmouth College. He earned his master's and doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and completed his internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment as Professor of Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Sayette has published primarily in the area of substance abuse. His research, supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, concerns the development of psychological theories of alcohol and tobacco use. Dr. Sayette is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the Association for Psychological Science. He has served on National Institutes of Health grant review study sections and is on the editorial boards of several journals. He also is an associate editor of Journal of Abnormal Psychology  and a former associate editor of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Dr. Sayette has directed graduate admissions for the clinical psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh, and has presented seminars on applying to graduate school at several universities in North America and Europe.


Tracy J. Mayne received his baccalaureate from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his PhD as an Honors Fellow from Rutgers University and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco Medical School and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. He spent 2 years as an international scholar at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale in France and 3 years as the Director of HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance at the New York City Department of Health, where he received the Commissioner's Award for Outstanding Community Research. Dr. Mayne spent 5 years conducting research in cardiovascular medicine at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and currently works in Global Health Economics at Amgen Inc., conducting research in cancer-supportive therapies. Dr. Mayne has published numerous articles and chapters in health psychology, health economics, and emotion, and is the coeditor of Emotions: Current Issues and Future Directions.


John C. Norcross received his baccalaureate summa cum laude from Rutgers University. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island and completed his internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, a clinical psychologist in independent practice, and editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. He is past president of APA's Division of Clinical Psychology and Division of Psychotherapy. Dr. Norcross has published more than 300 articles and has authored or edited 18 books. Among his awards are the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, Distinguished Practitioner from the National Academies of Practice, and the Distinguished Career Contribution to Education and Training Award from the APA. Dr. Norcross has conducted workshops and research on graduate study in psychology for many years.


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Product Details

  • Series: Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology
  • Paperback: 413 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (February 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606234633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606234631
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a university lecturer at three universities, I get plenty of questions about these things. I hear plenty of horror stories from students about faulty or non-existent mentoring in these areas. There is plenty of advice out there to be had from ignorant, indifferent, or hostile sources. A big problem is that many professors and staff in psychology departments at major universities don't have knowledge or interest in clinical and counseling psychology. They may be openly hostile to the entire field, or toward areas and programs they perceive as being too unscientific. Even among supportive mentors, there isn't enough time to mentor students on all these issues. For many professors, finding quality time with students sucks time from writing papers and chasing grants. Your best bet is to use this book to master the basics. Find a great mentor and use that person's time to fine tune your thinking and turbo-charge your applications.

My advice is to start here if you are serious about getting into grad school. Or, take a look at the APA's book, "Getting In", which is on the same topic. I don't care for the APA books as much as the insider's guide, but your mileage may vary. Also, you can probably get a copy of the 2006/07, or 2008/2008 guide for almost nothing. The earlier versions contain good general information and *almost* up to date info.

And if you want your life as a grad student to go well at at the Big U, then make sure to consult the following classics: (Do this even if you aren't considering an academic career)

David Sternberg's "How to Complete and Survive a Dissertation.
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This book is INDISPENSABLE when applying to graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology, and as others state, not just a bunch of program statistics. Sure, it has all the statistics you need to start narrowing down to schools that are a good fit, but it tells you so much more. I would bet that 90%+ of successful clinical Ph.D. students have either read or used this book in some manner, it is that useful and valuable (no I don't have data to back that up.) When you go on interviews for graduate school though it will be clear that everyone is playing from the same script, and for good reason, the successful candidate presents themselves in a manner that is professional and prepared. Having been through the application process twice, I would have fared better had I paid closer attention to some of what the authors stated, my second time through was very successful and I am in a great program. I don't think I would have made it without the information in this book.
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This appears to be a helpful guide if you are interested in a PhD or PsyD program. I wish I'd realized before I purchased it that it hardly addresses Master's programs at all. It mentions them briefly but none of the information it provides about specific schools' programs relates to masters counseling programs.
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My wife is planning to go back to graduate school and this book has been great for helping her find the right school. With lots of detailed program information it is really helping her find the niche she wishes to go into. Mind you, I'm probably going to end up moving across the country, at least she'll know what she's getting into!
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This book covers every stage of the application process, and at the end it had a comprehensive list of schools/departments with detailed analysis of the type of program that it is (ie. clinical theory vs. research, percentage of faculty engaged in different schools of thought, etc.) which I think is the most useful aspect. I would praise this book as a great starter guide for someone like an undergraduate who is first getting their feet wet in this process and wants a good primer. It will give the reader a good base for what is expected of the student in terms of each part of the application process--helpful advice for the admissions essay, advice from other admissions committee experts on what they look for on letters of recommendations, dos and don'ts, etc. I did not give this 5 stars because the book provided a good base of knowledge but no REAL juicy details. For example, I found way more in depth tips for all stages of writing the admissions essay on about.com than I did in the book. The book gives you a nice all-in-one initial push, but if you're serious about this process, it shouldn't be you're only resource. If you're a very resourceful person to begin with I don't think this is the 'top secret advice bible' that other reviewers are praising it for, and so you may not need it.
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I'm currently getting ready to apply for graduate schools in psychology and this book is incredibly helpful. My favorite part is the list of schools which include whether or not they give financial aid, what kind of programs (psy d, PhD, masters) and subprograms (neuropsychology, experimental, child psyc, etc) there are, and how much the program focuses on research vs clinical training. There's a ton of other useful information in it too. I use the book to find schools to look in to, and the book gives me their website so it's easy to find. Then I decide from there. But the book is incredibly useful as a starting point and I've only had it for a little while so I'm sure I'm yet to uncover many other wonderful uses for it.
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