A blog for all psychology students

This fall, APAGS launched a new blog, which seeks to make psychology students' home more close-knit, engaging and entertaining. The blog features many stories written by and for students. Posts range from the lighthearted, such as how to cope with Voldemort as your advisor, to the more challenging, such as how to deal with real-life setbacks.

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New journal team develops themes

Translational Issues in Psychological Science — the APAGS-sponsored journal set to debut in 2015 — was the focus of a September meeting with its first editor-in-chief, members of APAGS's science committee and publications staff. The journal's first batch of themes was put together with an expected call for articles this fall. In addition, procedures for student editors and reviewers were outlined.

This is the first-ever APA journal that mentors students through all the production stages of a journal.

APAGS hosts largest-yet LGBT mentoring program

The APAGS Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns kicked off its largest graduate student mentoring program ever in September. Over the next year, 68 pairs of mentors and mentees will work together virtually on issues ranging from professional development to disclosure and discrimination issues.

The program's model and format have attracted at least a half dozen other groups that are hoping to create their own mentoring programs. If you are interested in becoming a future mentor or mentee, visit us online.

APAGS on the Road visits Washington, D.C.

"APAGS on the Road" is a half-day professional development workshop that began in 2012. In September, the workshop visited Howard University and focused on four critical topics:

  • Building a private practice: Identifying different types of private practice, discerning what types of practice you might envision for yourself and developing a plan to start that practice.
  • Loan forgiveness: Brief overviews of the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program.
  • Alternative career paths: Identifying skills you have learned in your doctoral education and how they can be applied to job options outside of academia and direct clinical service.
  • Preparing for the EPPP: Best practices for studying for the licensure exam.

At the request of its members, APAGS plans to visit more cities in 2014.

Check out our new workshop series for prospective graduate students

How do you decide what graduate school is right for you? The process isn't clear and the number of factors to weigh is quite high.

Recognizing a need to better prepare students for this critical milestone, APAGS has teamed up with APA's Education Directorate for a series of workshops. The first event took place on Oct. 9 at APA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Attendees learned the answers to these questions:

  • What are the different fields and degrees for graduate psychology programs?
  • Where should I look based on my interests, and what do I want to do with my degree?
  • What APA resources can help me succeed in this process?

More workshops are planned in the coming months.

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