Professor Cottom’s Graduate School Guidance

Professor Cottom's Graduate School Guidance

Dear You,

 

So, you think you want to go to graduate school.

 

Whether you are considering a masters, doctoral, professional, research, or applied degree program, there are some things you need to consider.
I swore I’d never write this kind of guide because I believe there is a complicated calculus to choosing graduate school. Advice necessarily assumes to know who you are, your limitations, interests, values, talents, and circumstances. Mentoring, on the other hand, assumes none of these things and instead gets to know you before offering up suggestions for what you might do. Alas, I am one person and cannot always meet with you when you feel you need to the most. Therefore, I have assembled some considerations, possibilities, and norms related to graduate school admissions.




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The Jung Page

The Jung Page

Carl Jung was one of the creators of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us. He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, anima and animus, personality typology, dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas. He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey. His method of interpretation of symbolic expression not only deepens our understanding of personal material, opening the psychodynamics of our personal biographies and dreams, but the deeper, collective patterns which develop within culture as well. In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote that meaning comes ?when people feel they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya (illusion) compared to that one thing, that your life is meaningful.?

 




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Association for Psychological Type International

Association for Psychological Type International

As the independent voice for psychological type, we seek to promote human understanding through the transformative power of type. APTi is a global membership organization committed to advancing the responsible, constructive, and ethical use of personality type through education, training, research, networking, and community.

High Standards – Serving as the standard bearer for psychological type. Our standards serve as a beacon, lighting and enlightening our journey toward type expertise.

Organizational Sustainability – Creating an enduring and sustainable organization. Incorporating the best of our rich history as we build and sustain our future, as an organization.

Integrity – Aligning first with the mission and purpose of APTi over special interests. We optimize first for the interests of our total membership base and then maximize for membership segments.

Honoring Differences – Embracing, leveraging and learning from our diversity. More than just leveraging our diversity, we honor the gifts of each and all.

Community – Building knowledgeable and connected communities of type. The heart of our organization is our community, and our commitment is to continually offer enriching and enlightening opportunities and experiences.

Global Transformation – Unlocking the transformational power of the gifts of type throughout the world. We believe that our obligation to the world is to share the gifts of type and the possibilities those gifts create for the world.




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National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)

The Mission of NEA-BPD is to provide education, raise public awareness and understanding, decrease stigma, promote research and enhance the quality of life of those affected by Borderline Personality Disorder.

NEA.BPD works with families and persons in recovery, raises public awareness, provides education to professionals, promotes research, and works with Congress to enhance the quality of life for those affected by this serious but treatable mental illness.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious psychological and psychosocial disorder where people have extreme difficulties regulating their emotions. Problems include intense and volatile emotions (such as shame, anger, sadness or anxiety), chaotic relationships, impulsivity, unstable sense of self, suicide attempts, self-harm, fears of abandonment, and chronic feelings of emptiness.With effective treatment and support, data show that most people with BPD can make great progress, with important gains even in one year across a variety of problem areas. Many will no longer meet criteria for BPD. Similarly, data show that with help, family members also report big reductions in grief and feelings of burden, as well as an increased sense of mastery and family satisfaction. Over time, 80% of BPD sufferers reduce their symptoms.

 




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Bully Online

Bully Online

One of BullyOnLine’s main benefits has always been felt by people who were suffering very unfair, often underhand and devious treatment at work, by revealing to them that their experience had a name and was predictable, and they were not to blame for it. Similarly, it has taught people who were beset by unprecedented psychological conditions that they could not explain, about the relationship between bullying, stress, anxiety, depression and other illnesses. The website has enlightened, validated and empowered bullied people for almost two decades. As well as describing bullying in considerable detail, Tim Field studied the characteristics of the people behind the bullying, and it was his settled belief that many displayed character traits in common with classic psychopaths.




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Midwestern Psychological Association

Midwestern Psychological Association

MPA is the oldest regional psychological association. It held its first meeting at Northwestern University in 1926. Presenters at the first meeting included Joseph Jastrow, Coleman Griffith and Clark Hull. MPA has held an annual meeting World since, except 1943-1945 because of political War political MPA has weathered political storms over the years including passing a resolution in 1939 condemning Hitler’s Nazi regime, moving the conference in 1952 to protest McCarthyism, and urging the removal of US troops from Vietnam in 1970. First and foremost, however, MPA has been an organization dedicated to psychological science. It has enjoyed the leadership of eminent past Presidents including B.F. Skinner, Harry Harlow, Robert Seashore, Paul Meehl, Donald Fiske, and Harvey Carr.




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Society for Personality Assessment

Society for Personality Assessment

The Society for Personality Assessment is dedicated to the development of methods of personality assessment, the advancement of research on their effectiveness, the exchange of ideas about the theory and practice of assessment, and the promotion of the applied practice of personality assessment.

With 1500 international members, we are the largest organization in the world with this focus. Our membership is varied and includes clinicians in private practice, forensic assessors, researchers in private and public setting, and educators in academic settings.

SPA focuses on the unique needs and interests of its members by: Offering Annual Meetings and publications tailored to their needs and interests, providing opportunities to meet colleagues and develop professional relationships, promoting research in personality assessment, actively advocating for legislative issues on behalf of personality assessment, fostering professional and educational development, and supporting students with research and travel grants.




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Psyberguide

Psyberguide

PsyberGuide is a non-profit website dedicated to consumers seeking to make responsible and informed decisions about computer and device-assisted therapies for mental illnesses. PsyberGuide is also intended for professionals and researchers seeking to enhance their knowledge in this area. PsyberGuide is not an industry website; its goal is to provide accurate and reliable information about software designed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety disorders. PsyberGuide is committed to ensuring that this information is available to all, and that it is free of preference, bias, or endorsement. PsyberGuide is a project of The One Mind Institute “OMI” (formerly named the International Mental Health Research Organization, “IMHRO”).  OMI is a leading non-profit organization devoted to funding cures for brain illnesses. OMI, which founded One Mind for Research (a supporting organization of OMI), conducts a range of activities including, for example, making “Rising Star” grants for research in fields such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.




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