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What is your professional philosophy? -Every person has the ability to grow and make progress and that it is my job to help them learn and tap into their own resources.
Tell me about yourself. -Start with joke: 5'5" with an Asian Indian Mom and a red-headed father...probably didn't see that one did you? No but what would you like to know more? -Tailor -learned about EBPs at BU CARD...UCLA modular CBT research,..UHM modular CBT in community
Why did you choose clinical psychology? -Like to wear multiple hats -research clinical disorders, assess and treat those that need it most, and train/supervise other professionals
What are the strengths of your graduate program? -diversity;culture, ethnicity, immigration status, cognitive abilities, religion, and sexual orientation) -Ethnicity (Hwn, Japanese, Puerto Rican, Korean, Samoan, Filipino) -quality SV -report writing -tx severe mh with many barriers
What are the weaknesses of your graduate program? -small island so while it has diversity in terms of its population being highly diverse -didn't have high populations of certain minorities such as African Americans, muslims -beneficial experience
Tell me about your clinical, assessment, research experience. -over 30 integrated reports using semi-structured, standardized mxs, axed and txed youth and families with many severe mental illnesses... -but stop and ask them what they're looking for so you can tailor your answer -family and individual thp; dxs
What is your primary theoretical orientation? Why? Explain to me your predominant theoretical orientation and how this orientation influences your approach to therapy or assessment. -CBT with developmental and multicultural perspectives -foundation of empathy and active listening for my clients -incorporate heavily researched and implemented EBPs while also tailoring to client -ex: Makaha case
What would you be doing if you were not in psychology? Marketing
Personal strengths and weaknesses. -detail oriented, organized, hard worker, open to feedback -when stressed can focus too long on details
Describe your clinical strength as a therapist, diagnostician, consultation, and team member. -strong interpersonal skills, est trust and rapport easily -conceptualize cases with my training in multi-informant multi-method approaches (BOs and med hx) -succinct reports -balance EBP and tailor to my clients needs; dashboard
Describe your clinical weaknesses as a therapist, diagnostician, consultation, and team member. -Jeff: -Childrens: -COPIC:
What population have you found most difficult to work with? -Tx resistant clients -MI skills -self-efficacy very rewarding
Has any client or patient ever challenged your fundamental beliefs about life? What was that experience like? How did you manage it? -No, but i have had clients that re-confirmed my belief that everyone has their right to their own belief systems and pace at which they do things. -Education; AA case
Who was your favorite supervisor? Why? What are the characteristics of good supervision? What type of supervision do you feel you benefit from most? Brad -gather basic information; Qs, dashboard -socratic questioning -asks us to have proposed solutions -then tells us his side -praise
Who was your least favorite supervisor? Why? -someone who is not able to be present during SV -maybe having a bad day or feeling busy, so don't listen and bring their mood into the SV -i feel reluctant to ask Qs or dive deeper as a clinician...and i am very thorough
Tell me about a rewarding supervisory experience. -see Brad and can tie this into the individual class i made that he instructed
How do you work with and understand people with different ethnic or cultural backgrounds? -I never assume -Read as much as i can in the literature about working with a particular culture -also listen to their perspective -AA case
What non-psychology work experience has helped to shape your professional identity? -Meals on Wheels -The power of giving and how that can come in many forms -And how that helped me to follow my passion
Describe an ethical dilemma you have faced during your training. How did you deal with it? -15 year old rape case; contentious mom-daughter -looked to the HI laws and spoke to supervisors -mandated reporter, daughter told mom---police came but didn't report -tx clients and were engaged
Describe a dilemma you have faced with a co-worker during your training. How did you deal with it? -Dan OCD case -he had parent mgmt experience i had anxiety; we had to talk more thoroughly threw for tx planning
Describe a dilemma you have faced with a supervisor during your training. How did you deal with it? -received feedback i didn't agree with -reported I appeared anxious during case conceptualizations -self-reflected and open communication helped us both understand where i was coming from and grow as a thp
What is an ethical scenario that didn't work out for you? -receving gifts from clients
What are your future goals in psychology? What do you plan to do once you have finished your training? What do you see yourself doing five years from now? -Jeff: have a SV role in a mental health systems that incorporates both clinical work, supervision, research on clinical practices, and training for clinicians and community -CH/COPIC: i can see myself in an integrated health cs.... -many directions
Where do you think the profession is heading? -integrated health care system -why: especially with the potential troubles with medicaid now more than ever we need areas that improve the quality of care while also reducing the cost. and with 1/2 of people first receive MH care in primary care...IC
What do you think about prescription privileges (or any other hot national psychology topic)? What are your feelings about prescription privileges for psychologists? -need to know more -both sides: help rural communities but also only 1 year; would need to do more research
What is your favorite or most influential psychology work? MATCH-ADTC (Weisz and Chorpita) -flexible approach to CBT; research seems to show therapists appear to like it more and it is just as effective if not more than standardized care for some dxs
What is your favorite non-psychology book? Man's search for meaning
Tell me about your most rewarding case. 2) AA: social phobia, agoraphobia with PD, dep, separation; no school; interoceptive; resistant; prom and graduation -dashboard -collaborative team work -MI -social skills
Tell me about your most difficult case. 1) Makaha: many barriers; 10 white/NH; GAD and phobia -a lot of problem solving; passed 6th grade -tailor wksts -team (DOH and DOE) -dashboard -sleep hygeine, acid reflux -parent management -across all settings
What is a T-Score? T scores are used to tell individuals how far their score is from the mean. T scores have a mean of 50 and a SD of 10. Scores of 70 typically represent clinical significance.
What are your specific clinical interests? More broadly speaking: working with families and children. This is where we can help these youth from preventing more serious mental health disorders than may develop as adults if they are not treated. - Trauma and Anxiety
What are your feelings about managed care? I think just like the APA president said, everyone should be allowed MH care; especially during times when children are being separated from families
If you could have one book on your bookshelf as a psychologist, what book would that be? How has that book influenced your thinking as a clinical psychologist? MATCH-ADTC
Describe one way in which your research has affected your clinical work and in which your clinical work has affected your research. -my goal is to empower those that need it most -resch best practices and ways to bring these to communities -and my clinical work lets me understand the difficulties of the real world so they feed off of each other
What do you think are the top five characteristics of a good intern? Rank these five in order for yourself? What are you doing/how can you improve the bottom two? -flexiblity/adaptability** -open to learning -supporting my colleagues -attentive to detail -being about to be taught and being able to teach
Give an example of a time where your personal characteristics helped you to work well with others while under stress. -very detail oriented and my colleague and I were being scrutinized by one of our clients DOE teams -dashboards and helped psychoeducate the DOE team to better understand our client and his progress -audit by DOH; 96% on case rating
Tell us something cool about yourself. -moved every 5 years -mom -play soccer
How do you know that you are stressed? How would we know that you are stressed? -start talking about my to-do lists outloud
What kind of group factors would you need to consider when working with older women? -ageism, sexism
What kind of group factors would you need to consider when working with marginalized groups? -prejudices
What kind of group factors would you need to consider when working with LGBT? sexuality, coming out
What kind of group factors would you need to consider when working with disabled people? disability issues
I am going to pretend to be a person who has never been to counseling. Act like my therapist and answer my questions.
Tell us about an experience where you felt a privileged or unprivileged identity and how did you learn about that experience in terms of your professional role? -working with families in poverty -very generous too and offered gifts that i couldn't accept, but made me feel grateful that i could help them and honestly showed just how similar we all are and how we all want the same things.
Tell us about an experience where you explored your identity in terms of multiculturalism and how that impacted your professional work. -biracial and moved every 5 years -seeing how different parts of the country treated my mom and how that shaped her identity -our environment can shape how we think, feel, and act...why i chose clinical psychology...to empower those in need.
Scenario: Suicidal student who had cuts on his arm, was resistant to counseling and his RA brought him to counseling. He stated he wanted to blow out his brains. What would you do and what is a follow up session? -do a risk assessment; depending how immediate ax if he took anything; assess his thoughts about hurting himself, his likelihood 0-10; his plan; his reasons for living; from there work with his counselor to find him his best services. -seek SV
What is your supervisory style? -fortunate independent study course; much like tx -agenda -review their case data (dashboard) -modeling and role-playing -socratic questioning -give them take homes -collaborative -praise
What are you like on a team? How do you deal with conflict? -i highly value team work and collaboration; learn so much -very helpful, supportive and organized -i like to address an conflict through open communication -open to feedback; open stance
What are your multicultural biases and how have you dealt with them? honestly don’t feel that I have any, having moved so much and having mixed ethnicity parents I feel like I have been exposed to many cultures that I try to really embrace all cultures and diversities.
what are the research strengths of your program? - work with large longitudinal data - multilevel modeling with these large cross-classified data sets. --collaborate with experienced research mentors -insight in how to conceptualize research and address the question from different perspectives.
What is your research experience? -centers around D&I resch. Tx and training innovations, measurement feedback systems, and EBA strategies. -T&T: Dissertation and thesis -MFS: coded interviews found many barriers and facilitators -EBA: 47 to 25 item RCADS/P
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