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Forest Institute of Professional Psych.

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by nobleheart, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. nobleheart

    nobleheart in process 2+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I recieved their application packet and booklet and am fairly impressed. Does anyone have any experience with them and/or their program. I am specifically interested in their "Integrated Health Care" concentration option.

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  3. Psychxiety

    Psychxiety 2+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Unfortunately, I've heard bad things about them. Namely that a big proportion of their faculty are graduates of their own program, they have a low internship placement rate &, that they graduate ALOT of people (far more than the other 3 programs in the area put together). I think they have a rep as somewhat of a diploma mill. Don't take my word as fact, I heard this all from a professor at another program. I'm fairly sure my source is reliable but I'm always a proponent of checking out the facts. Make sure to look at their numbers (internship placement etc). In any case when I saw that program name I thought I should give you a heads up. Good luck!
  4. Therapist4Chnge

    Therapist4Chnge Neuropsych Ninja Faculty Faculty Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    The Beach
    According to the APPIC report (2000-2006), they place 59.4%....ouch.

  5. edieb

    edieb Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 2004
    THere is an intern from Forrest at my externship site; I often hear the psychologists say, in a pejorative way, "She's from Forrest Institute..."
  6. Ollie123

    Ollie123 10+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    That match rate is to be blunt, just embarassing. Heck, I've seen programs that felt the need to explain why their match rate was only 92% last year(i.e. ONE person didn't match). I would be very very careful about any school that isn't even matching 2/3 of its students.

    Few schools (if any) have perfect match rates, but anything consistently under 90 makes me think that the school either doesn't properly prepare people, or will let in anyone who stumbles through the door (and therefore, end up with a lot of sub-par individuals graduating from their program).

    Its a professional school, so if you're going to pay through the nose for your education, you might as well go to one that has a decent match rate.
  7. 1doctormom


    Jul 21, 2008
    I am a recent graduate of Forest Institute, currently doing a post-doctoral fellowship. I would like to shed some light on FIPP as I feel there is a lot of negative information out there that is misleading. I do agree that Forest has made some BAD choices in the past, how else would they get this reputation; however, there are a lot of positive attributes about their program that should also be mentioned. Forest has been working hard to improve their image. In the time that i was there, I witnessed a complete restructuring of the program, i.e. weeding out bad professors, tightening up enrollment qualifications, and improving the curriculum. I began my PsyD pursuit at CSPP, however transferred to FIPP after my first year mainly because of the economic advantages that come with living in Springfield, MO vs Chicago, IL. While I enjoyed my training at CSPP, there was a distinct difference in the quality of care I felt from the factuly at Forest vs CSPP. I felt completely supported by the faculty at FIPP and truly felt that the small ratio of teachers to students allowed for more focused attention. I also completed the MFT program at Forest and had stellar training in Systems Theory and marriage and couple's therapy. Yes, there were students with whom I worked that I felt should not have been allowed in the program and I was angry that they would be representing my alum; but I also think that there is a lack of positive information out there b/c people tend to not comment when they are satisfied, rather they are more likely to comment when they are dissatisfied. As such, I would like to request positive comments from other FIPP alum, internship sites, etc. etc. that could comment on the quality of their training at Forest. My internship had nothing but positive things to say about my professional skills and have since sought out FIPP as a site to continue acquiring interns. I have had no difficulties applying for jobs and feel like my training has been quite comparable to other schools, if not better. In particular I interned with a PhD student who was well below what should be epxected. Her therapy skills were subpar and her clinical experience was questionable. In summary, there will always be poor students, or individuals with whom we question their academic and professional integrity. it is unfortunate that their reputation speaks for the majority of the students. I certainly do not feel that
    Forest's reputation accurately reflects my training or my professional work ethic. I am proud to be a Forest Alum and would recommend this school to anyone.
  8. biogirl215

    biogirl215 2+ Year Member

    May 1, 2007
    Bumping this up.

    From their full disclosure data, it seems that their APPIC internship match rate has improved greatly (~90% APPIC, 30% APA), and they're good about graduating people on time. Of course, the cost would be a potential issue, but given the chance I'll perform poorly on the GRE (just took the first diagnostic today :(), such a program may be my only realistic option...
  9. JockNerd

    JockNerd 5+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Be aware that APPIC accreditation =/= APA accreditation, so weigh that in with your future career plans in light of how it affects future employment.
  10. biogirl215

    biogirl215 2+ Year Member

    May 1, 2007
    Yeah, I've considered that... The thing I would be worried about would be VA employment, but they do place some applicants at APA sites. I guess we'll see how the next 7 months of GRE prep goes!

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