In the Professional Psychology Program, it is our goal to provide students with the knowledge, training and resources necessary to build the foundation for lasting, successful careers. We are here to help, whether you are searching for the perfect internship, looking to gain leadership experience or seeking opportunities to network with alumni or visiting speakers.
All GW students have access to the Washington Research Library Consortium database. The consortium has developed ALADIN, a powerful electronic search tool through which PsyD students can perform a single search of the holdings of all consortium libraries, including Gelman Library. ALADIN also provides students with access to a variety of other searchable electronic databases. For example, PsyD students will find PsycINFO, which contains references and abstracts from almost all psychologically oriented periodicals and journals, to be particularly useful. Enrolled PsyD students have 24-hour access to ALADIN from their home computers, and students may also use on-campus computing facilities to access ALADIN.
In addition to GW's extensive resources, Washington, D.C., offers access to major government collections that may be useful to Professional Psychology Program students: the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the Library of Congress.
Each student is assigned an advisor from the core faculty prior to registering for the first semester of studies. Advisors' office hours are posted each semester. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis, at least once a semester, particularly for help in selecting a major area paper (MAP) topic, preparing for the comprehensive examination, selecting an internship and considering career goals.
Please note that the advisor-advisee relationship is intended to offer discreet, reflective consideration of issues students face in their graduate education and training. The advisor uses discretion in what is shared with the wider faculty from advisor-advisee interactions, but the relationship is not confidential.
At the end of the fall and spring semesters, faculty members meet individually with each advisee to review their progress in the APA accreditation specified Domain Specific Knowledge areas and Profession-wide competencies. This discussion is documented with any area of concern accompanied by recommendations for improvement.