Clinical Psychology PsyD
Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience (CFAR) Concentration
Class of 2018
Despite being relatively afraid of the cold (as most other native Californians), I decided to make the move last year to begin the Clinical PsyD program, in the CFAR concentration. I chose this school because of the feeling of community that I felt, both from students and faculty, as well as the experiences that are offered here (such as beginning contact hours with clients in your first year). I am involved in many activities and committees at this school, which I would urge you to do as well, including: Student Council Committee, helping to put together Spirit Week, acting in "The Vagina Monologues," Volunteer Committee, helping to organize the blood drive, and the fledgling Social Events Committee. There are many clubs offered at our school, and if you don't see what you're looking for then you are encouraged to be the trailblazer.
Career-wise, there are so many things that I would like to do with my doctorate! I would like to work on policy reform for education, do community outreach and education especially with teens, parenting education classes, and maybe some individual clients/private practice squeezed in between.
My advice for new students would be to form connections in your new community, whether that's reaching out to students in your cohort or involving yourself in the clubs and committees. I would also recommend to make sure to take care of yourself and to allow yourself the time to be stress free, I know that sounds hard but it is doable! And I would also really stress being involved in class participation, I learn a lot from my peers and how their experiences and views might play into whatever topic we're discussing in class. Please feel free to reach out to any of us, we'll be happy to answer whatever questions you might have and we look forward to hearing from you!