Always knowing that I wanted to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I didn’t have the research and practical experience to be competitive right out of undergrad. WCU’s Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology provided those opportunities with varied training in assessment/therapy and numerous research experiences. After completing my Master’s degree at WCU I was much more confident in my skills and abilities in applying for a PhD program, and as a result was given many options as to where to pursue my doctoral training. The faculty and training program at WCU are well cultivated in helping to mold top tier doctorate applicants and provided training that I will utilize throughout my career as a Psychologist.
Cameron Miller, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Georgia State University.
I chose to go to WCU because the goal of the program is to help students get the experiences they need to get into a PhD program of their choice. I am currently getting my PhD in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Kansas, and I attained this goal in part because of the structure of the curriculum, the opportunities faculty made me aware of, the excellent clinical training I received, and because of the guidance the professors provided about what it takes to get into a PhD program.
First, the structure of the curriculum was such that I could take lots of research hours and not be unnecessarily overloaded with course work. Second, the faculty were all doing research, and I worked with three different professors and two former graduates of WCU’s program on four different research projects during my stay at WCU (The professors at WCU have lots of outside connections that helped augment my clinical training and research experience.) Third, the clinical training I received was largely in assessment, which clinical PhD programs and internship sites find important. My background in assessment helped me know the right questions to ask in regard to clinical training when I was looking at PhD programs. Fourth, the professors at WCU have been getting students into PhD programs for a long time. Their advice is realistic, and the work I needed to do to become a PhD candidate was clear to me and helped me set goals that let me get into the program that fit me best.
Erin Hambrick, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, University of Kansas.
Graduate study at Western Carolina University (WCU) prepared me for doctoral study at the University of Memphis in various ways. The masters program at WCU consists of a rigorous curriculum consisting of didactic coursework, clinical practica, and independent research which prepared me well for the rigors of doctoral training. The program fostered independent and critical thinking which was grounded in the scientist-practitioner approach that proved a valuable indoctrination for doctoral training. The clinical masters program provided excellent clinical assessment training; I mastered foundational assessment skills that I used in my doctoral program, on internship, on post-doctoral fellowship, and in my instruction today.
Jonathan M. Campbell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology, University of Georgia.