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The Portable Mentor: Expert Guide to a Successful Career in Psychologyby Mitchell Prinstein
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All students know that you don't learn everything in the classroom, and that having a mentor can be an invaluable help in negotiating career challenges and pitfalls. But not even a mentor can have all of the answers all the time. The Portable Mentor was designed to combine the wisdom of a wide range of noted psychology experts whose knowledge and training experience provide you with the guidance you need. Based on the real-life concerns of students and beginning professionals, this volume will take you from graduate school to career development and beyond. Comprehensive in scope, but practical to use, The Portable Mentor offers the best possible professional development training from the most successful leaders in psychology. The book is divided into five sections that thoroughly cover issues relevant to each stage of early career development and that explore in depth research, practice and personal growth. This volume will answer many questions including how to: ? -write a grant; -teach a class; -publish a research manuscript; -apply for a postdoctoral fellowship; -start a thriving clinical practice; -and more...
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Aimed at graduate psychology students and early career psychologists, this text compiled by Prinstein (Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology, Yale U.) and Patterson (a doctoral candidate at Boston U.) presents advice and resources related to professional development of psychologists, such as how to write a grant proposal, publish a research manuscript, apply for fellowships, or begin clinical practice. After discussing broad issues such as cultural competence and ethics, the papers address issues related to careers in research and academia, as a clinical practitioner, and in professional governmental or non-governmental service. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A mentor can be an invaluable help in negotiating career challenges and pitfalls, but not even a mentor can have all of the answers all the time. This text, based on the real-life concerns of students and beginning professionals, combines the wisdom of a wide range of psychology experts.
Written for students and early career psychologists, this book is a professional development handbook with practical guidelines and suggestions for mastering virtually every professional task encountered during the first decade of a career in psychology. Comprehensive in scope, but practical in use, it offers the best possible training from the most successful leaders in psychology, combining the wisdom and mentorship of noted psychology experts into a single source.
About the Author
Mitchell J. Prinstein, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, previously Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Yale University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor (Research) at Brown Medical School. The emphasis of Dr. Prinstein's published work in developmental psychopathology examines interpersonal models of internalizing symptoms and health risk behaviors. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and several private foundations. Apart from his research, Dr. Prinstein has had a long-standing interest in the professional development of psychologists, beginning with his development of a survival guide in graduate school that served as a conceptual blueprint for this volume. As the elected Chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, Dr. Prinstein has had numerous opportunities to represent graduate student training interests to governance groups in psychology internationally, such as the Psychology Executives Roundtable, APPIC, the APA Board of Educational Affairs, and APA Council of Representatives. Dr. Prinstein was the first student representative to serve as a member of the APA Board of Directors, and he is currently the Chair of the APA ad hoc Committee on Early Career Psychologists. He created and currently is the instructor of a Professional Development Workshop Series offered to doctoral students in psychology at Yale University. Marcus D. Patterson is currently a doctoral (Ph.D.) candidate at Boston University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. As a student, Mr. Patterson was a member of the APA Committee on Accreditation and a member of the international Psychology Executives Roundtable. He served on the APA Advocacy Coordinating Team from 1996-1998, and has been an invited attendee at the State Leadership Conference for over five years. Mr. Patterson has also served as a liason to the APA Council of Representatives, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), the Presidential Commission on Education and Training Leading to Licensure and on the APA Education Leadership Conference. He received the President's award for contribution and service to the profession of psychology from the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) in 1998. He was the 1997-98 Rosenblum Fellow in Political Advocacy for the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) and founded the MPA Doctoral Student Group. He was Chair of the American Psychological Association's Graduate Students (APAGS) from 2000-2001 and continues to serve on the APAGS executive committee. Mr. Patterson has written a number of articles and given numbers presentations on training issues impacting students.
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