I want to apply mental health related PhD , and what experiences are good for application?
My undergraduate major is Nursing, and minor Psychology. Then I got a master degree in Neuroscience. Now I want to apply PhD in mental health related major, like social work, clinical psychology, public health or mental health nursing. Do you have any suggestion for me? for example, how to prepare my CV and how to professor matching with me? Thanks a lot #july20 #mental-health #public-health
I think you need to refine your end goal first and then investigate what educational institution would best suit your goal. During that investigation would be a good time to also search for a mentor either in the university or if they can recommend someone for you.
As far as preparing a CV there are services that can help you with that or actually do it for you--just check the internet.
I wish you much success and am glad to see someone with your drive in the Nursing profession!
Here are a few ideas:
1) Join a research lab as a research assistant/lab manager. Many psychology research studies involve psychotherapy as a component (e.g., investigating individual cognitive behavioral therapy vs. group skills therapy among teens with depression), and you can get great exposure to specialized types of clinical treatment while also learning more about how these therapies are studied and validated. Other clinical psychology research studies may involves brain scanning different psychiatric populations, or conducting neuropsychological assessments for individuals with schizophrenia or other psychiatric difficulties that impact cognition. I would check with universities around you, particularly the ones that have graduate programs (as these will have more opportunities to join as a research assistant). You can go to their website, look at the pages for certain labs or professors to find one that interests you, and then email them to ask if they have an opening for a research assistant (paid) or as a volunteer.
2) Volunteer with a crisis phone/text line. This option is great because you can work from the comfort of your own home, and you gain really valuable experience communicating with individuals who are in a crisis (e.g., thinking of harming themselves) and practicing your empathic listening skills, which will be essential if working in a mental health PhD. You'll also receive supervision from someone with more experience, which again is something you will have to do as you train in a clinical PhD program.
3) Shadowing a therapist (i.e., following them around for a day or two) can be a great way to learn about different types of career paths that are available while also being able to ask the therapist questions about their experience and training. You could shadow someone working in a children's hospital, in a specialized treatment center (e.g., eating disorders intensive outpatient program for teens or a residential facility for youth with severe depression), in a memory care facility for older adults, in a center providing treatment to foster youth, in an LGBTQ+ center, in a university student mental health clinic, etc.
Best of luck! Find what your passionate about and don't be afraid to ask for what you want (the worst that can happen is they say no)! :)