Monday, July 6, 2020

Acing the PsyD Interview The 3-P Plan

Congratulations! You have successfully made the â€Å"cut.† You are among the select few PsyD applicants who are in serious consideration for acceptance. In fact, your odds for acceptance have increased. This is NOT, however, the time to sit back and relax. Now, more than ever, you need to stand out, and you’ll do that through your interview. Asking the right questions is a good start. Begin with: How do I prepare? How do I handle interview questions? Which of my experiences should I mention? How do I highlight my strengths? What questions, if any should I ask? And, maybe most important, how do I manage my nervousness when so much is â€Å"on the line†? None of these questions are new to me. As a consultant, I regularly provide interview guidance to my clients and have, over the years, developed an action plan which has helped many of my PsyD clients ace their interviews. I refer to it as the 3-P Plan: Purpose, Preparation, Performance. Let’s begin with Purpose. Step 1: Purpose Admissions interviews serve a specific purpose for the interviewer(s). They help the admissions board: Learn more about the academic, research, and clinical background of the applicant Determine if the applicant’s disposition, personality, and social skills are conducive to a career in professional psychology Consider whether the candidate is a good â€Å"fit† with the PsyD program, faculty, and cohort of students Assess the likelihood of successful PsyD program completion Match their research interests with available faculty mentors Admissions interviews serve a specific purpose for you, the interviewee, as well. They help you: Learn more about the curriculum and faculty Assess the academic, clinical, and professional learning environment Consider whether this PsyD program, faculty, and cohort of students is a good â€Å"fit† for you Determine if there are faculty with research interests that match with yours In other words, as the interviewee, your purpose is to decide if you are a good fit for the program and if the program is a good fit for you. Think of it as a fact-finding mission to determine the â€Å"fit factor.† Step 2: Preparation Next up, you need to start prepping for the big day. Add the following items to your interview prep to-do list: Research all of the PsyD program websites, faculty profiles, and any available print materials related to the university, school, and program as you need to be prepared during the interview to make reference to your knowledge of any special features offered. This might include interdisciplinary opportunities, TA offerings, faculty research, scholarly conferences, clinical internships, community outreach programs, etc. Remember: you should avoid asking any questions that might reveal to the interview committee that you did not do your â€Å"homework† by taking the time and effort to research the available materials. Compile a list/script of questions that you believe may be asked during the PsyD interview and create a list of talking points for possible answers. However, do not write the answers out word for word as you want to sound spontaneous and natural rather than scripted and memorized. Questions that PsyD programs ask will relate to the following categories: personal/professional info; research interests and clinical relevance; assessment instruments (objective/projective testing); therapy; diversity; and interest/fit. Carefully consider what you will wear to the interview. How we package ourselves impacts how others perceive us and affects how we feel about ourselves. Choose attire that is comfortable and empowers and emphasizes your professionalism, confidence, and credibility. Review your Statement of Purpose and any other material (perhaps a research paper or article) that you submitted with your application in case you are questioned on part or parts of it by the interviewers. Make sure that you approach this experience as a wonderful opportunity to present yourself in person rather than an obstacle, test, or challenge. Practice some cognitive restructuring (positive self-talk, visualization, and modeling) as well as relaxation techniques to use before the start of your interview. Step 3: Performance Finally, follow these tips for optimal PsyD interview performance: Keep in mind that the evaluation of you as a candidate begins the minute you step on campus. You would be surprised by how often I have heard members of the academic committee question the department secretary, receptionist, and/or current students to get a different perspective of a particular candidate. Before you enter the PsyD interview area, use some power-inducing nonverbal gestures to increase your confidence level. I suggest that you watch Amy Cuddy’s video on the power of nonverbal and the concept of â€Å"faking it until you make it† on Ted Talks. Listen carefully and take in all the information offered so that you can learn as much as possible about the school’s culture and resources. Avoid one-word answers even if the interviewer asks a close-ended question. Take advantage of the techniques of behavioral interviewing by providing specific examples or short anecdotes to exhibit your strengths and/or experiences. For example, if you are asked, †Do you consider yourself a thorough researcher?† don’t just say, â€Å"Yes I do,† but refer to what you have accomplished that clearly exhibits how thorough you are as a researcher. Telling stories may well set you apart from other candidates and make you particularly memorable. Effective eye contact is critical in interviewing. Make eye contact with each and every committee member and fellow students if you are engaged in a group interview. This will reinforce your passion, sincerity, and willingness to engage in academic discourse. Monitor your posture and movement. Sit up straight and lean in ever so slightly as this is an indicator that you are fully engaged and deeply interested in the interview. Speak at a moderate rate and volume. The last thing you want is to make the interviewer uncomfortable with either a â€Å"too loud† voice, a â€Å"whisper soft† voice, or a â€Å"rapid fire† rate of speech. Make sure to minimize anything that might disturb or distort the message. Share your passion for the field of study and smile when appropriate. A pleasant manner and an engaging personality will also make you memorable. Ask thought-provoking questions on the academic and/or clinical curriculum and research opportunities. Never ask a question that has an answer that is readily available online. Speak in your own voice, from your heart – your sincerity, honesty, and authenticity will shine through. What to after your PsyD interview And here’s a final, bonus â€Å"P†: Post interview Just because you’re done interviewing, doesn’t mean you’re done with the admissions process! Take note: Make sure that you write down the names and contact information for each of the interviewers for follow-up thank-you notes. Personalize each note so that it is clear that you really remember the interviewer by referencing something specific from the PsyD interview. Interviewers often compare notes so don’t write the same thing to each interviewer. Make it personal. For example, â€Å"I really enjoyed our conversation about ______.† It may be helpful to do a quick self-assessment of your performance. Be honest but don’t â€Å"beat yourself up.† Learn from the experience. We can help you prep for your PsyD interview or with any other element of the PsyD admissions process. Check out our Graduate School Admissions Consulting Editing Services for more information on how we can help you GET ACCEPTED. As a Dean of Graduate Admissions for over 10 years, Carol Drummer, signed off on over 4,500 graduate applications annually. She is a communication professor and author of "College Is Not 13th Grade-- An Easy to Read Guide for Parents of College Bound Students." Carol has helped clients get accepted to Ph.D. Psy.D, DOT, DPT, PA, MHA, MSW, and masters in Speech Language Pathology, Business Analytics, Accounting, Global Affairs, Counseling, Architecture, Design Engineering , Nutrition, Exercise Physiology to name a few.   Want Carol to help you get Accepted? Click here to get in touch! Related Resources: †¢ 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Grad School Statement of Purpose, a free guide †¢ Insider Tips on Applying to PsyD Programs †¢ The â€Å"Sizzle Factor†: 5 Tips for Writing PsyD Personal Statements

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The American Revolution A Political Upheaval That Took...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Hydroelectric, And Renewable Energy

Wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biomass provide so much benefit for our climate, health and our economy. As many reliable energy’s rise on demand and expense like oil, coal, natural gas and nonrenewable fossil fuel that draw on limited resources which will eventually diminish. Looking at all the power plants and the millions of cars that exist in the streets today and many more technologies and industries that are polluting the air it is safe to say we may be going the wrong way into saving the world our kids will grow into. People and many utilities need to focus on the positive outcome of renewable energy. Like the good it brings on stable energy price, improvements on public health as well as the prevention of global warming discharge, jobs and other economic benefits. Cost of electric bill are one of many problems that home owners face, and Stable energy prices is one of the ways renewable energy can provide people. 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Abstract Health Care free essay sample

MIS 6324 Business Intelligence Dr. Syam Menon Term Project SUBMITTED BY : Group 6 Swetha, Priya, Ram, Vishal, Madan Business Intelligence in Health Care Management The  health  care system is more complex than most people know. Its business model is different from most  businesses  in that its consumers dont usually come willingly. That, plus not getting paid what they bill, hurts cash flow makes health care a shaky business. With uncertain revenue, costs not entirely within their control, and regulatory issues, health care management problems arent always easy to fix. Forward-thinking healthcare organizations realize that data and, thus, business intelligence (BI) is at the center of informed and precise decision-making that will improve patient and service outcomes in addition to ensuring their organizations’ future. This paper gives an insight into which business intelligence tools are currently being used in healthcare and their effectiveness in terms of sustaining the businesses of those organizations that use these tools. We will write a custom essay sample on Abstract Health Care or any similar topic specifically for you Do Not WasteYour Time HIRE WRITER Only 13.90 / page The paper also deals with common problems faced while implementing these techniques to patients’ data and ways to overcome problems. Outdated information management strategies and invalid statistics cause serious problems in investigating health outcomes and negotiating reimbursements. Predictive modeling, however, goes beyond standard regression techniques, expanding advanced analytical options for better, faster decision making. Predictive models use a variety of tools to deliver more accurate, long-range views of treatments and costs. Also there are many new reporting technologies designed to improve the productivity of business analysts and preserve information consistency throughout an organization. These analytical tools, the advantages vs. problems during implementation and their ability to shape the future of healthcare industry are focus of this paper.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lies and Deceit free essay sample

The Crucible is a 1953 play written by Arthur Miller, which portrays the story of the Salem Witch Trials, and the townspeople it affected. The play is an allegory of McCarthyism, which Miller unjustifiably experienced, due to the fact that he was a playwright. The prosecutions of the Salem Witch Trials led to the deaths of several innocent townspeople. As the accused individuals stood trial, it was the testimonies of villagers which essentially determined their fate. Whether lying to save a life, or take someone else’s, dishonest villagers created a chaos which shook Salem Village to its core. The Crucible depicts the extreme behaviors that occur when the difference between truthfulness and treachery is life or death. In The Crucible the most notable characters who conduct in deception are Abigail Williams, John Proctor, and Mary Warren. The Salem Witch Trials could have never reached such infamy, if it were not for the lies and deceit of the people of Salem. We will write a custom essay sample on Lies and Deceit or any similar topic specifically for you Do Not WasteYour Time HIRE WRITER Only 13.90 / page Abigail â€Å"Abby† Williams goes to the greatest lengths to deceive the townspeople of Salem, in order for her own selfish gain. When Abby is questioned about dancing in the woods with the other girls, she blames Tituba by stating, â€Å"She made me do it! She made Betty do it! † (187). Abigail is willing to sacrifice the life of Tituba, Reverend Parris’ slave from the Barbados, in order to spare herself from punishment. While Tituba did not force any of the girls to commit witchcraft, she confesses to the crime, as she knows Abby’s claims are held to a higher standard than those of a slave like herself. In an attempt to defend her lies, Abigail accuses Mary Warren of witchcraft by saying â€Å"†¦Oh, please, Mary! Don’t come down. † (224). After Mary Warren confesses to the court that the accusations she and the rest of the girls made were untrue; Abigail leads the other girls in an attack against Mary. Abigail goes as far to accuse Mary of sending her spirit upon them, an accusation that could’ve ended Mary’s life, in order to protect her lies. Abigail Williams is greatly responsible for the convictions of innocent townspeople, and all for her own gain and protection. In contrast to Abigail, Mary Warren is seen as the more innocent and obedient character. As the servant of the Proctors, Mary Warren is loyal to them in the beginning. When Elizabeth Proctor is accused of being a witch, Mary agrees to testify against Abigail and the other girls in order to save Elizabeth, as well as be faithful to God. However, when Abigail’s threats against Mary become too intense for her to handle, Mary lashes out at John Proctor by saying â€Å"You’re the Devil’s man! † (226). As a result of Abigail and the other girls taunting, Mary Warren re-joins them in their deceit in order to save herself from punishment. While Mary wanted to help stop the false accusations made by the girls, their lies were far too believable by the court. Mary Warren is an easily overcome character, who agrees to deceive the court in order to spare herself from punishment. John Proctor is The Crucible’s tragic hero. Although he is flawed by his previous affair with Abigail, Proctor seeks justice for Salem, and his falsely accused wife Elizabeth at all costs. When Proctor grows tired of Elizabeth’s failure to trust him, he says â€Å"You forget nothin, and forgive nothin† (194). While Abigail worked for the Proctors as a servant, John cheated on Elizabeth with her. In the time of the affair, Proctor lied to his wife in order to keep it a secret. When speaking to Elizabeth about whether or not to confess to witchcraft, John Proctor feels that since he has already been dishonest, it wouldn’t matter if he lied, â€Å"I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud. I am not that man. My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man. † (236). John felt that he was not a godly man due to his affair, and telling the truth wouldn’t make him one. However, upon learning that his confession will be nailed to the church, John decides to protect his name and faith to God by being honest. John Proctor, once a deceiving man to his wife, fights for the truth even at the cost of his own life. Abigail Williams and Mary Warren lied to protect themselves, and convicted the innocent people of Salem. John Proctor however, fought selflessly to free his wife and imprisoned friends. While Mary Warren betrayed the Proctors in order to save herself, that event would not have taken place if it weren’t for Abigail Williams. Abigail pays no regards to moral standards or God, but instead only acts to benefit herself at whatever expense she deems necessary. The lies and deceit in Salem pinned neighbor against neighbor, and called for the unjust death of many.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Cigarette Should Be Banned Essay Example

Cigarette Should Be Banned Essay Example Cigarette Should Be Banned Essay Cigarette Should Be Banned Essay Cigarettes Should be Banned Smoking cigarettes has been a worldwide habit for a long time. According to the World Health Organization report, about 2 billion people smoke all over the world, 48% men and 12% women and even a number of child smokers. Everyone knows the harm of cigarettes and many countries have published smoking bans. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan was the first one to forbid tobacco sales (BBC News). I strongly approve of the cigarette ban because cigarette is bad for people’s health and the litter will cause environmental pollution. I do not smoke, so I have no idea how exactly people feel when they smoke. Some people smoke to keep their weight, others need cigarettes to focus on something, and some believe smoking is pleasant and refreshing. There is a funny saying that Chinese heavy smokers always say, â€Å" smoking after dinner is more than living god. † No matter the reason that people like smoking, they should not ignore the disadvantages of cigarettes. My grandfather died from lung cancer in 2008. He had smoked more than fifty years. I would not say that he died because of smoking, but we cannot deny that lung cancer is indeed a tobacco-related disease. Smoking speeds up the process of aging and each cigarette smoked costs smokers six minutes of their life (HubPages). Every year, tobacco kills almost six million people, which includes five million users and ex users and even more that 600,000 nonsmokers affected by second-hand smoke. â€Å"Approximately one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco and this accounts for one in 10 adult deaths,† According to the World Health Organization (Tobacco, Media centre). Beside lung cancer, many other diseases caused by smoking such as blockage of the arteries, which causes strokes, heart attacks and impotence (Health Canada), high blood pressure and chronic bronchitis. Cigarettes contain nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide. Nicotine is highly addictive, and if people stop smoking temporarily then that person will become lethargic. According to research, nicotine from one cigarette can kill a mouse. To nonsmokers, even though they do not touch any cigarettes they might get some diseases as well. For instance, a father smokes a lot, a mother does not smoke, and their baby may have congenital malformation or even worse: die young. You cannot blame anyone but the cigarettes. Some families come apart because of smoking. Sometimes, teenagers learn to smoke because they see some adults doing it, or someone passes the cigarettes to them. Thus, cigarette smoke not only causes diseases, but also misguides young generations. No matter the smokers or nonsmokers, as long as they got diseases resulted from cigarette use, they would pay the medical fee to cure their diseases. So, another bad effect is spending unnecessary money for curing diseases result from cigarette smoke. Everyone cares about his or her healthy problems caused by cigarettes. But is there anyone concerned about the continuing pollution of the environment? Cigarettes do have a big effect on that pollution. Air pollution is one of the most important topics that people pay attention to. No matter the cigarette smoke or second hand smoke, they all belong to indoor air pollution. Tobacco Control once reported, cigarette smoke emits 10 times more air pollution than any diesel car exhaust. In addition, when cigarettes burn, they release nicotine, carbon monoxide, particulates and 4,000 different types of chemicals, which are bad for people’s health into the air. Also, the cigarette butts thrown on the ground or on the beaches can release the harmful chemicals into the air and water. Besides air and water pollution, deforestation happened in order to increase farmland for tobacco growth and cure tobacco plants. â€Å"An estimated 200,000 hectares of forests and woodlands are cut down each year because of tobacco farming,† According to Bellagio statement in June 1995 (Environmental issues). There is even more deforestation today than before. Tobacco plants leech nutrients from the soil also causing environmental deterioration just like fertilizers and pesticides pollute the environment. The tobacco factories produce a huge amount of waste almost everyday as well. The global tobacco industry produced about 2. 3 billion kilograms of waste and 209 million kilograms of chemical waste in 1995 (Environmental issues). Numbers do not lie and these numbers do not even include the immense amount of litter resulting from non-biodegradable cigarette butts. Cigarette butts indeed are a curse. People throw cigarette butts anywhere including some places that have inflammable material such as forests. Cigarette butts cause about 100,000 U. S. and 1 million global fires per year. And cigarette fire causes an estimated 30% of U. S. death because of fire and 10% of global death burdens by fire (Davis). In 1987, the Greater Khingan Range in China, which is a huge forest, burned by fires for 28 days. Since that day, people in China finally noticed that the power of fires. Fewer and fewer people throw cigarette butts into forests any more. But there are still some who do not remember the lessons and litter cigarette butts in hotels, schools and theatres. Almost every year has news reported about fires caused from cigarette butts in public places. Also, cigarette butts affect society’s appearance, and there is not anyone who likes to live around cigarette butts. In addition, the cigarette industry spends billions each year on advertising and promotion. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are $9. 94 billion total spent in 2008 and $27 million spent a day in 2008 (Smoking and Tobacco Use). Tobacco use cost the United States billions of dollars each year, of what cigarette smoking costs above $193 billion and secondhand smoke costs more that $10 billion (Smoking Statistics). Besides that, every state in America spent a lot of money on tobacco control. Every cloud has a silver lining. Federal cigarette tax increases will raise additional revenue of government and strengthen development of economy. As long as economy develops, it will push tobacco marketing forward. As the economy grows, agriculture will expand, and help increase employment opportunities. Nowadays, more and more people want to quit smoking. Among adult smokers, approximately 69% of smokers want to quit completely and about 52% of smokers attempted to quit in 2010 (Morbidity and Mortality). People become politically awakened little by little, and this is a good start to help government ban cigarettes. People should begin from every aspect of their daily life. For example, stop passing cigarette to another people; stop smoking at home or in front of children, and find something else to divert attention on cigarettes. Health is the most important in our life. Do not let cigarettes/tobacco ruins our beautiful life. Bhutan Forbids All Tobacco Sales. BBC News. BBC, 17 Dec. 2004. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. http://news. bbc. co. uk/2/hi/south_asia/4012639. stm. 30 Tips For Younger Looking Skin (Part 2). HubPages. N. p. , n. d. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. http://ingenira. hubpages. com/hub/30-Tips-on-How-to-Have-a-Younger-Looking-Skin-2. Tobacco. WHO. N. p. , May 2012. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. who. int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/index. html. Impotence and Smoking. Health Canada. N. p. , 16 Feb. 2009. Web. 12 Sept. 012. hc-sc. gc. ca/hc-ps/tobac-tabac/body-corps/disease-maladie/infertilit-eng. php. Environmental Issues. WHO. Bellagio, June 1995. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. who. int/tobacco/research/economics/rationale/environment/en/index. html. Davis. Fire Injuries, Disasters, and Costs from Cigarettes and Cigarette Lights: A Global Overview. National Center for Biotechnology Information. U. S. National Library of Medicine, 31 Aug. 2000. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. ncbi. nlm. nih. gov/pubmed/10938207. Morbidity and Mortality. Centers for Disease Control and

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Americas Next Top Model Show in Light of Power Dynamics Essay

Americas Next Top Model Show in Light of Power Dynamics - Essay Example Center of discussion in this paper is America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) as a big brother show in which successful women applicants come together to compete for America’s Next Top Model title. This show is meant to give the women a chance to start a modeling career. The show is hosted by a female professional and model by the name Tyra Banks. It is rated as one of the biggest television shows in the world. The show is professionally constructed with episodes ranging from nine to eighteen. In all the seasons, there are about ten to twenty five female participants who vie for the adorable title. Each episode is structured in a way that one of the participants considered weak is eliminated by a panel of judges, Tyra Banks being part. The shows also provides a makeover in the earlier part of the show where the participants who are considered weak is put on probation and the audience is allowed to vote to save their preferred contestant. During the show, contestants undergo vig orous training in line with the theme of the particular week. This is meant to coach the girls and teach them various aspects related to the modeling career including press interviewing skills, sales skills, and cat walking. This is followed by photo shooting of the contestants who are given dresses that barely cover the bodies; the girls are actually semi-nude as they pose. From the photos shot, the judges make a decision and the female contestants with the lowest marks are eliminated or put on probation for a makeover. Other events featured in the show include in-depth assessment of personality traits and general knowledge. Each of the episodes ends with the ruling by a panel of judges who are experts in the fashion industry, regular judges of the show. A special guest judge is also usually called upon to assist in making a judgment. This involves posing challenging questions on modeling and fashion to the contestants, and their video photos are displayed and analyzed by the panel ists. The contestants are often asked to leave the room to give the panelists a chance to deliberate on their decisions and make the rulings. The female contestants are then called upon to the show room and face their fate; the successful ones remain in the show while those who score low are put on probation or sent packing (Kowalski 47). In view of the above, it is beyond doubt that the show is, therefore, professionally structured in a way that real women contestants are put into unreal events in order to create a story. Criticism of the Reality Shows Most of the reality shows run for a bout thirty to sixty minutes, a constant duration. If the show could be real then the events would run for an unidentified period. This shows that there are some incidences behind the scene that the audience is not able to know. It also brings out an element of editing of the events behind the scene to enable the program run within the stipulated period. It also shows that the story being told is n ot real but is subject to a lot of editing and manipulation of the contestants or participants. The editors, therefore, become the storytellers and take the positions of the contestants by altering the sequence of events that actually happened behind the scenes. Meanwhile, the audience