During the application season for the fall of 2006, I started reading the SD psychology forum since I thought it would be a good place to connect with other applicants and to see what was happening out there. I have to admit that, apart from a few very sincere Q and As and some heart-felt good moments (e.g. shared congrats for being accepted, and mutual commiseration for not), and some very good questions about different schools, GREs, my chances at getting in etc. I stopped reading the forum as it wasnt adding anything useful. To the contrary, I found some of the discussion threads downright depressing. I was struck, in particular, by the quasi-viciousness of the detractors of the PsyD programs which seemed to be comprised of a few, ardent core members who would invariably describe the disadvantages of the PsyD when compared to PhD (e.g. the costs of education, the problems with the free-standing schools, the black eye for the profession, etc.). Their tone, in general, seemed unambiguously well hostile and it made me curious about their underlying motives. It seemed to me that, if one accepts the premise that both the Vail and Boulder models are legitimate, then so be it. Move along to another topic. Secondly I was struck by what a vacillating and indecisive lot we are. It seems that many of us simply cant make up are minds about the PhD and PsyD routes and as indicated by the number of discussions concerning this topic we are agonizing over these decision (while, I might add, being influenced by the antagonists mentioned above). If one were to dwell on this issue (i.e. past a legitimate inquiry phase in gathering facts, tips, and pointers), then that would trouble me since this see-sawing and second-guessing doesnt say a lot about our character. It seems to me that this profession calls for us to be resolute and decisive in particular for those of us who are certain about doing clinical work. Put another way, think about this from a patients perspective and ask yourself whether you would prefer someone who is confident and secure in their decisions, or a person who is constantly looking back over their shoulder and wishing they had a different set of credentials. That seems incredibly insecure to me and suggest an untenable position for any clinician. My advice is to make up ones early in the game viz the PhD and PsyD routes and stick with it. Make an informed choice about the school selected. Dont let the horror stories of the costs either way knock you off track. You are, after all, entering into a professional field and presumably one you will have your entire adult working life so be prepared to spend accordingly. PS Foolish me. I gathered up the courage to peek into the forum last week and was surprised and dismayed to see the same ol stuff swirling around couldnt resist bashing out this note. Apologies if the tone of this message sounds preachy but not for the content.