Hello Everyone, I will keep this as short as possible...I need your help! I am graduating with an MA in clinical social work from the University of Chicago in June 07. Frankly, from my internship as a therapist at a hospital and my three years of work as a coordinator at a group home I have discovered (to my dismay) that an LCSW, my vocational goal, is severly limited. Rather than bore you all with my subjective reasons why, I will explain my delema: I have decided to apply to clinical psychology doctoral programs after graduation but feel that I am not qualified. I have a bachelors in English from a top-tier university. However, my GPA stunk. My masters GPA is curretly 3.7, majority of courses are psych oriented. I am about to start a 1 year volunteer RA position at the U of C hospital in the psychiatry unit doing "neuroscience". I am very interested in research, particularly with the chronically mentally ill. Ideally I will apply with an MA, high masters GPA, 1 to 2 years lab research, myriad of clinical experiences and strong letters of rec and GRE. Did I mention I am a 30 year old male. Here are my questions: Is a clinical psych phd worth it in this current climate? Will I even have a chance without a psych undergrad degree? Should I even take the RA position? This forum has been very informative and helpful to me thus far...so I thought I would toss my hat in the ring. Thanks everyone.