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Personal Statement Guide

Please address each of the following in your statement. Weave your responses into a single integrated narrative. Unless you wish to, you do not need to address the questions in exactly the order they are listed. Most personal statements will be three to five pages in length.

  1. Provide a brief description of your background, training, and experience. Include work and experiences both within and outside of the health care field.
  2. What are your long term career goals? Be as specific as possible. It is understood that these goals may change, and that they may not be clearly formed at this point in time.
  3. How does obtaining licensure as a Psychologist fit into your career goals? What is unique about a professional identity as a psychologist in terms of meeting your goals?
  4. The doctoral program in counseling psychology is demanding of both time and energy, and sometimes students underestimate the commitment needed to complete the program in a timely manner. How do you plan to integrate your work as a student in the program with the other demands in your life? How do you anticipate making changes in your life so that you can successfully complete a doctoral program?
  5. Describe the academic, interpersonal, and/or personal challenges that might hinder your success as a student in a doctoral program in counseling psychology. How do you plan to address these challenges?
  6. Describe the academic, interpersonal, and personal strengths you would bring to your work as a student in a doctoral program in counseling psychology.
  7. What concerns you the most about the prospect of embarking on graduate study in a doctoral program in counseling psychology?
  8. What excites you the most about the prospect of embarking on graduate study in a doctoral program in counseling psychology?
  9. How do you anticipate (and perhaps hope) that completing a doctoral program in counseling psychology will change you?