Post # 1
I am thinking about pursuing either an MSW or (gasp) a PhD in Clinical Psychology at some point in the future although I’m not too sure which one yet! Anybody who is either an LCSW or a certified psychologist, can you give me a brief overview of your path? IE which degrees/colleges/research experience/etc did you have?
Currently I only hold a BA in psych, with 2 internships and some teaching experience. I have no formal experience working in a research lab, which makes me think I won’t be appealing to most PhD programs. I’ve looked at the Psy D but I’m not sure how that’s viewed really. Seems relatively new!
Also, I only had a 3.4 GPA undergrad, is that going to hurt me?
Sooo…stories? Advice? 🙂
Post # 3
I have my MSW working on my clinical hours (3000) for my LCSW. I considered the Psych PhD but in my state the reimbursement rate is nearly the same. I could not justify taking out more loans for a measly $2 rate difference. Check your state’s reimbursement rate. My MSW took a year because I had a BSW. For you it will take 2. My program track was clinical. I currently work as a therapist.
When I was looking into the PsyD, it didn’t seem like it was well received in the field and quite expensive to obtain. Feel free to PM me.
Post # 4
I am just starting a MS in marriage and family therapy. I looked at both options you mentioned, plus masters in counseling before making my decision. The biggest pro of social work in my opinion is how easily transferable it is nationally, but in the end I knew that what I wanted to do was therapy so I opted to get a masters in that instead of having to specialize in clinical social work only for the last term or two of a social work degree.
I think your GPA should be fine, a lot of grad schools have a cut off (where they won’t even review your application if it is under that point) and it is generally around 3.0. Above that, at least at my school, they look much more at your statement, references and work/volunteer experiences. One thing that I did which I recommend to make yourself more attractive to schools was to volunteer in the field for about a year before applying (thus gaining experience and showing dedication).
Post # 5
I have my MSW from an Ivy League school, I just graduated in 2011. I found that it wasn’t really worth spending the money for an expensive school, because when you get out, the jobs really don’t pay that well—not nearly enough to cover my student loans + living costs. The average pay per hour is 21.00-23.00.
It can be a very rewarding job, but it can also be emotionally draining, and a lot of the “beginner” social work jobs require you to work late hours/ long days. Personally, I would not recommend the field right now. If you are going to pay for grad school, you need to pick something that pays well.