Thursday, October 04, 2007

Loving It

Just a quick post to say that I really like my internship.

It's true that it's very busy, and there have been a number of days upon which I had to stay later to get my paperwork done. However, I really like it nonetheless. I believe I have really made the correct career choice, and I look forward to practicing on my own later. The site I'm at is very culture-conscious, so I really feel I'm settling into my "niche" as far as later work.

I'd like to add more research to my CV to enhance teaching opportunities, but time constraints are making that pretty hard. I can't really do any at home as I take over Limelet-care on evenings and weekends, and I have nearly no minutes to spare at work, though we're supposed to do SOME kind of research during the year. (I say this despite my writing this post. I had someone reschedule, so I'm trying to catch up on paperwork kind of stuff. Not enough time to get into much of the research, though.)

TheLimey and I have both been looking into jobs for next year, which is partly nerve-wracking and partly exciting. He's looking at updating his training, and I'm looking at getting some kind of clinical work. I know 80% of jobs are not posted, which probably holds more or less true in my field as well. That means I have to find some other ways of looking for positions.

The next hurdle for me (after revising and defending my dissertation, of course) is to get work that leads to being licensed in the state where we will live. This typically means about 2000 hours (about a year's worth) of clinical work postdoctorally (after diss defense), which has to be supervised by someone licensed who has a PhD in Clinical Psychology (the same degree I will have). Then there will be a big, big licensing exam that I have to pass.

Then after that, I can do whatever I want! Within ethical reason, of course.

Teaching doesn't require a license to practice (treat), but it also doesn't lead to licensure. They're kind of separate.

I miss my baby while at work, but he's doing well with Daddy and he's becoming socialized to other children and adults, which is good. I believe that this week they will go to see members of Cirque du Soleil at the local library. (Cirque du Puree for you Simpson's aficionados.)


Thistles said...

I'm so glad you like your internship! I hear so many horror stories, it's refreshing to hear from someone that's getting a good internship experience.

liz said...

The horror story was the part where I had to do internship apps and interviews three years in a row. Including one year in which I had a newborn.

But that's over!