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Sample 1st Paragraph Clinical Masters

I will be completing my undergraduate studies in Psychology at XXXX University this coming May, 2015. I hope very much to be accepted to begin your distinguished Master’s Program in Psychology at XXXX University so that I might continue studying in my field on a professional level. Throughout the course of my undergraduate studies, I have learned, to put it in the words of my favorite professor: “how to think… not what to think.” As a result of learning from her and many other professors, I have learned how to critically assess clinical research and what it means to be a good clinician. What I find most exciting about Psychology is the constant sense of discovery, understanding of one self and others, the smoke behind the mirrors, motivations resulting in justifications, why we act in the complex ways that we do, often for reason of which we are entirely unaware. 

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Sample 1st Paragraph Masters Clinical Psychology, Hong Kong University

I feel that I am a strong candidate for your competitive program in Clinical Psychology at the XXXX University of Hong Kong because I have excelled as a student and because I feel strongly that I have excellent personal preparation that will motivate me to excel both in your program and as a practicing psychologist, helping people to overcome their psychological problems and meet their challenges by regaining positives perspectives and attitudes through therapy and counseling as well as medication.

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Sample 1st Paragraph MA Clinical, Personality & Psychopathology, Egypt

I am a young woman from Egypt who hopes to distinguish herself in your program by my desire to care for some of the most vulnerable members of our global society, refugee children fleeing the horrors of war in the Middle East. I am especially concerned with the many special needs of the Syrian refugees that have been pouring into Egypt for some time, in search of peace and safety. Egypt itself has been convulsing now in social turmoil for more than two years. Our acute levels of violence in Egypt itself, as well as the greater Middle East and spillover from the war in Syria, result in a great need for psychologists who are especially trained at helping children to survive and recover from violence and acute stress in their lives.

The Humanitarian Side of a Master´s in Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychologists who dedicate some of their time to humanitarian work get a lot out of it. They may have new clinical experiences that challenge them, deal with cultural phenomenon they´ve never seen before, and renew their sense of motivation and realign their dedication to this fascinating profession.

Alison Schafer is a provisional psychologist. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University. Her research is focused on the influences of basic needs, social support and migration in South Sudan.

Alison works for World Vision, in the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs team. As part of this work, she´s been on various overseas missions and spent considerable time living and working in Sudan. She is also a World Vision technical advisor on a research project for psychological first aid in low to middle income countries, working alongside the World Trauma Foundation and the World Health Organization.

Alison has worked with World Vision Australia for over nine years. She was in a marketing/fundraising position to begin with, which shortly led to a role in communications for humanitarian emergencies.

After that, she started doing project management on World Vision Australia-funded programs, whilst she continued to develop her skills and knowledge in clinical psychology.

Today, her position remains in the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs team, with some project management work on the side. However, her role as technical advisor and leader for the World Vision partnership in the area of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) programs in developing countries has now become her prominent role.

She is currently representing World Vision International as co-chair of the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group for MHPSS (alongside Unicef) and leading a World Vision International working group to develop the organizational responses to MHPSS needs in the field.

Professionally, this job has required Alison to understand the basics of psychological intervention, but it has also required her to undertake a personal investment in learning more about how mental health issues are embedded in culture, local beliefs and systems.

Alison says that it is important for someone in this role to: understand the basics of how the UN operates, International Human Rights Law, and international guidelines and principles for humanitarian aid; be able to analyze situations; and have a foundation of research experience that assists in the design, monitoring and evaluation of programs or interventions. Humanitarian roles require experience of living and working in cultures other than their own, and preferably in developing contexts.

Alison says that we cannot underestimate the importance of culture and tradition as a way to assist people to cope, or the enormous value of connecting them socially. This is a fundamental message for people working with culturally diverse groups anywhere, in a humanitarian context.

Is Alison´s experience as a clinical psychologist motivating? Wherever you are in your psychology career, we can help you move forward and take the spot in the world of humanitarian work you crave to occupy, by providing you with a winning personal statement of purpose. Please do let us know if you´d like to take advantages of the services we provide.