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Volunteering

Posted on February 10,2011 by sburnsmspp

An important and fun aspect of being an MSPP student is that there are many opportunities to do volunteer work during the school year. An e-mail was sent out last week asking for volunteers to work at Cradles to Crayons today. Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is an “innovative Quincy-based nonprofit organization that equips homeless and in-need children with the basic essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. While meeting the immediate needs of low-income children, C2C also sets a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations each year.” Unfortunately, I had to work at my internship all day, but I would have loved to do this volunteer opportunity!

If you’re a person who loves to volunteer and make a difference in the community, than maybe MSPP is the school for you! Check out some of the other community service projects, such as The Food Project and MSPP CARE. Another bonus is that if there is an organization or population that you are passionate about, you can bring these ideas to the community service meetings and propose a project or volunteer opportunity!

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Tagged Social Responsibility, Counseling Psychology

Capstone

Posted on February 02,2011 by sburnsmspp

A large part of my last semester will be filled with thoughts, anxiety, and excitement about my Capstone Project! My fall semester professors did a great job of debunking any myths and calming down some of the panicking students who were nervous about this 40-50 page paper that was standing in the way between them and graduation. In fact, one of my classes in the Consultation and Collaboration course was dedicated to appreciative inquiry and brainstorming positive, strengthening ways we could view the Capstone Project and our process of completing it. Some ideas still stick in my mind, such as increasing self-care (spending time with friends, family, pets, exercising, massages, etc), talking about positive aspects of the research with other students, instead of feeding off of each other’s anxiety, and not procrastinating.

So far, I’ve had three Capstone classes this semester. The classes are kept small, similar to the Practicum and Internship Seminar courses, so that everyone has time to share important news, voice questions, and get personal attention from the professors. My first Capstone class took place before winter break in order to get students on the right track and give them time to collect materials to begin preliminary research over our month off. Each student discussed the topic they were interested in, and students gave feedback and asked questions to help narrow down the topic. In my second class, we learned how to properly critique a research article (an assignment that was due the following week) and then each student got to discuss where they were in their first stages of research and how their ideas have changed. In my third class, we learned how to write annotated bibliographies, which we need to do for twenty of our sources, and then checked in about our personal projects.

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Kicking Off My Semester for the Last Time!

Posted on January 24,2011 by sburnsmspp

I'm writing from the computer lab at MSPP because it is my first official day back at classes. This spring will be my last semester of graduate school and marks the last few months before I get to add some more letters to the end of my name (Samantha Burns, M.A. here I come)!!!

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Tagged Counseling Psychology

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Posted on December 18,2010 by sburnsmspp

Fall semester is officially over--this means that I only have one semester left to complete my Master's degree! Next semester I will start my capstone project, which may be a bit overwhelming, but for now I will relax and enjoy my winter break!

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Tagged Counseling Psychology

Application Advice

Posted on December 14,2010 by sburnsmspp

Once you decide that you’d like to apply to MSPP, I recommend checking out the website to make sure that you meet the pre-requisites (http://mspp.edu/admissions/apply/counseling-psych-ma.asp). For the 2011-2012 academic year the application deadline for general consideration into the M.A. Counseling program is Wednesday, January 12, 2011—mark it on your calendars! I personally get anxious when I procrastinate, so I planned to have my application mailed a couple of weeks before the deadline just in case anything got lost or went wrong!

The most important aspects of the application process for which to plan in advance are the 3 letters of recommendation and the GREs. The people who write your recommendations (I used 2 professors and a supervisor from my internship) are doing a favor for you, so it is thoughtful to give them plenty of time to get them done. Also, they are humans too, which means they have busy schedules and need time to sit down and give your recommendation some consideration! The GREs are optional for this program, however if you score well or intend to go on to a PsyD program, these results are valid for 5 years and may benefit you.

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Tagged Counseling Psychology, Applying to MSPP

Holiday Spirit

Posted on December 08,2010 by sburnsmspp

I had something to look forward to after my 9 hours of classes this Monday--A holiday gift swap with MSPP students! Some ladies and I got together at one of their houses, ordered pizza, unwound, and exchanged presents! This was our second annual holiday party, but this year it was bigger because more of us have become friends over the past semesters.

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Tagged Counseling Psychology

Unique Experiences at My Internship

Posted on December 07,2010 by sburnsmspp

Last week at my internship we had a holiday cook-off—clinical versus administrative! I was recruited last minute to bring in something because a clinician wasn’t able to, so I had my boyfriend whip up some of his tasty deviled eggs for me to bring to the party. There was a really great turn out of clinicians and administrative staff, and people sat around to eat and schmooze for an hour. Three clinicians from the partial hospitalization program (PHP), which is located down the hall from the outpatient offices, served as the judges for the competition and sampled all of the dishes. Unfortunately, the clinical team was defeated by the administrative staff with a tasty white and milk chocolate truffle pudding! I was really happy that I could attend the cook-off because it was my first chance at my internship site to sit with the clinicians and chitchat, instead of doing supervision or talking strictly about work.

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Tagged Counseling Psychology

M.A. vs PsyD part III

Posted on November 29,2010 by sburnsmspp

To continue my blogs concerning why MSPP students chose specific programs, here are two more responses from a second year Forensic Counseling Program student and a second year PsyD student:

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Tagged Forensic Psychology, Clinical PsyD, Counseling Psychology, Applying to MSPP

Additional Reasons for the M.A. vs PsyD

Posted on November 24,2010 by sburnsmspp

I wanted to include another quote from a fellow MA Counseling student on why she chose the MA program, which was the topic of my blog (http://msppblog.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/m-a-vs-psyd/) posted earlier this week:

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Tagged Counseling Psychology, Applying to MSPP

M.A. vs PsyD

Posted on November 22,2010 by sburnsmspp

Some of you may be wondering why I chose the MA Counseling Program instead of the PsyD Program. In case you didn’t know already, I am actually a transfer student. I originally started a PsyD program down in Florida after I graduated from college, but during my first week many of my professors spoke about how master’s leveled clinicians can open private practices, and in fact were “stealing” jobs away from licensed psychologists because managed care was more willing to hire them and pay slightly less for their services.

Because I knew that I did not want to do assessments, which require a doctorate, and I also never had a previous desire to teach at a university, I thought it made more sense to earn my master’s degree, get licensed, and open a private practice…unless I felt that I needed more education, in which case I could always go back to school for a PsyD. Right now, I am eager to graduate and start working and gaining additional field experience. I also know that I will continue my education no matter what because it is a requirement to take a certain number of Continuing Education credits per year to maintain a license. These CE credits are also a great way to stay updated with current knowledge. So, in a nutshell that is why I decided to do the MSPP M.A. Counseling Program!

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Tagged Counseling Psychology, Applying to MSPP