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​TCSPP-branded templates:​

 Business cards

Business cards

Business cards are a useful tool to help market yourself and set yo​urself apart in a professional networking situation. Providing potential employers with a business card shows initiative and a sense of professionalism, and it is more practical than handing out copies of your résumé. A business card can help build your brand as a professional psychology practitioner, whether you are employed or seeking employment. 

When networking, the general etiquette is to offer your business card when concluding a conversation:

“It was nice speaking with you. Here’s my card, and let’s stay in contact!”

Handing out the business card at the beginning of a conversation is recommended when you are in an interview or meeting setting:

“Thank you for taking the time to meet with me. Here is my card to hold onto.”

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The TCSPP Student Business Card provides you with a branded school template that will allow you to input your personal information:
  • Name
  • Degree Level, Program of Study, and Campus
  • Phone Number
  • School E-mail
  • Social Media Link/Website
Recommended font is Arial Narrow.

 Poster presentation

​​​Poster Presentation 

Creating a professional poster is a great tool for promoting yourself and your work, and for educating others on your research findings. A poster has potential to reach a larger audience than a typical oral presentation. It allows you to interact with interested parties one-on-one, and it provides an opportunity to receive peer feedback before submitting a manuscript for publication. Presenting your research with a professional poster also creates valuable networking opportunities with fellow scholars who share your field interests. 

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General Poster Presentatio​n Tips

General Tips

  • Use large text for the title
  • Do not use all capital letters in the title 
  • Include the author(s) and a description of the research that highlights the major elements 
  • Minimize detail in descriptions 
  • Use pictures, tables, and figures to illustrate concepts and add interest to the poster 
  • Avoid excessive amounts of information 
  • Design a poster that clearly portrays the subject, purpose, and results (if applicable)
  • Use large font that can be read from a distance (i.e., at least 20 point). Your references can be in smaller font.
  • Make each section easy to identify and create a logical reading flow on the poster 
  • Design the poster so it can be quickly read in a few minutes 
  • Define difficult terminology or use jargon-free language for a general audience at the forum 

You can either choose to have your poster professionally printed or you can choose to print and assemble the poster presentation yourself. Please see below for tips for both options.

Tips for professional poster printing (based on the APA guidelines)

  • The poster board surface area should be 4’ (122cm) high and 6’ (183 cm) wide *WE SUGGEST USING A TRIFOLD BOARD TO PRESENT YOUR POSTER - PROFESSIONAL PRINTING NOT REQUIRED
  • Prepare a label indicating the title of your paper and the author(s) for the top of your poster space; The lettering for this section should not be less than 1” (2.54 cm or 72 point) high
  • A copy of your abstract (300-words or less), in large typescript, should be posted in the upper left-hand corner of the poster board
  • Keep in mind that your illustrations will be viewed from distances of 3’ (113 cm) or more.
  • All lettering should be at least 3/8” (.95 cm or 27 point) high, preferably in a bold font
  • Be sure to provide a clear label for each section of your presentation
  • You can choose to print your poster at any store that provides printing services, such as FedEx or Staples

Tips for printing the poster the poster yourself

  • We recommend that you use PowerPoint or a similar program to create the content for your poster presentation
  • Most students choose to place the printed PowerPoint slides on a tri-fold board
  • We would encourage you to follow the APA guidelines listed above when formatting your slides for your poster presentation

Tips for students presenting their posters online

  • We would recommend that you create your virtual poster presentation in PowerPoint or a similar program
  • We would encourage you to follow the APA poster presentation guidelines when applicable

In addition, please review the resources listed above for more examples and tips for creating a poster presentation

Presenting a Poster

Video: Giving an Effective Poster Presentation

​Professional Organizations:​

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology encourages all students to stay engaged in the psychology and related behavioral science communities. The below list of professional organizations aims to provide resources and opportunities for students to utilize during and after completion of their academic program. Please note: the below list is not exhaustive, and all students are encouraged to explore additional organizations to best support their professional success​.

 Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

​Clinical Psychology:

 Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology:

 International Psychology

 Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy:

 School Psychology