Lyra33

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I was just accepted to the University of Michigan's School of Social Work for next fall. I've also been accepted to two PsyD programs and have to make a decision by April 15th. Does anyone have any opinions on Michigan's school or the reputation it has in the field? Also, I've heard they are somewhat more research-oriented than practice, is this true?
 
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UMich has one of the best SW programs I believe. There are different tracks, correct? I think that makes a difference as far as how clinically oriented they are. My co-worker got her masters there - she does program evaluation work, but she mentioned once that many of her classmates were getting licensed (which i don't believe you do unless you want to do clinical, as it is a clinical licensure).

I will say/ask this: Do you intend to do private practice? I ask because I feel as if that is the goal for many Psy.D.'ers (though certainly not all). My understanding is that although you can do private practice with the LCSW, it is not all that common, and with any private practice, there is a lot of start up difficulties. State to state will also depend on insurance stuff as well. If you want to do community agency/hospital work, the LCSW is a better bet, but if private practice is your goal, then the Psy.D. would be better. UMich is a great program, but I think whether you want to be a LCSW or a licensed psychologist is ultimately the real question.
 

Lyra33

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Mar 14, 2010
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Psychologist
I would like to do private practice eventually. I don't have a lot of experience with the hospital setting, and would probably be willing to work in one, but I feel that eventually private practice is where I'd like to end up. My concern is now that internships are getting harder and harder to find out of Clinical Psych programs, I don't really want to find myself out $100K and have nothing to show for it.