School: School of Human Ecology
Centre: Centre for Lifelong Learning
a) Candidates should have completed (i) B.A. Psychology, or (ii) B.A. General, with minimum three papers in Psychology.
b) Candidates who will appear for their final year B.A. examination in 2016, with the above subjects and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply.
c) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.
d) Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 10, 2017 are eligible to apply to all the programme.
Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2017. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands canceled.
The Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) is a programme that was offered for the first time to the 2013–2015 batch of students. This programme has been developed as a result of the perceived need to develop psychology professionals with diagnostic and therapeutic skills necessary for working with a clinical population.TISS has a long history of involvement in the area of mental health through its innovative teaching and outreach programmes. The SHE has the necessary expertise and faculty strength to run a programme towards this end, and has been closely involved in training and research activities related to mental health issues since its inception. It has been actively engaged with the process of training counselling professionals (through classroom teaching and field exposure) to address the unmet needs of the mental health sector. This ongoing engagement with students, mental health professionals, NGOs and the field, has helped the centre be in touch with emerging mental health needs and required mental health interventions.According to studies, there are approximately 20–30 million people in India who need mental health care. Compared to this huge need, there are only about 3,500 psychiatrists, 1,000 psychiatric social workers, 1,000 clinical psychologists and 900 psychiatric nurses in the country. Scarcity of trained and supervised services and professionals is one of the fundamental barriers to the progress of mental health services in India. It is in the context of scarcity, that SHE offers the M.A. programme in Applied Psychology with a Specialisation in Clinical Psychology. The M.A. programme in Counselling, introduced and run successfully since 2009, has been revised into the M.A. Applied Psychology withSpecialisation in Counselling Psychology. While training in Counselling serves an important service in the area of mental health, there is a demand for trained professionals in clinical psychology as well. Counselling deals with “normal” problems of life. Training in clinical psychology, however, is necessary to deal with patients suffering from more severe or chronic psychological problems, including mental health disorders as defined by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) criteria.The Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) programme will develop clinical psychologists to work with patients with mental disorders and their families. The programme will focus on the development of practitioners with a sound base in research as scientist-practitioners.Students will be instructed in psychological assessment of children and adults. Students will be trained under supervision by faculty to administer and interpret standardised intelligence and personality tests. Students will develop the skills to use the latest DSM and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) criteria and nomenclature to evaluate mental illness and devise suitable intervention techniques. Training will be geared towards increasing awareness of diversity and socio-cultural contexts in which individuals are enmeshed. There will be training provided on conducting clinical interviews with individuals, families, and other informants to understand the nature of issues that are being confronted. The basic principles, strategies and techniques of psychotherapy from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, group processes and systems approaches will be taught to students to help them apply the same in clinical interventions in an ethical and competent manner. The aim of the clinical interventions planned will be geared towards positive client outcomes.The M.A. programme develops a sound theoretical base from which students can develop skills necessary for practice in fieldwork and internship settings. The emphasis is on a seamless blend of theory and practice. Supervision is inbuilt into the practice component allowing students to benefit from feedback provided by trained professionals in the field. On completion of the M.A. Applied Psychology with Specialisation in Clinical Psychology programme, students can find employment with NGOs and other organisations working in the area of mental health. Schools and hospitals are other settings where trained Clinical Psychologists can find employment.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Clinical Psychology Courses
Intern-ship (Compulsory, non-credit course)
Philosophy of Research
Counselling Process and Microskills (Part 1 and 2)
Personal & Interpersonal Development of the Counsellor I (PIDC)
Theoretical Approaches and Techniques of Psychotherapy - I
Psychopathology - I
Sociocultural Context of Counselling
Research Methods - I
Practicum - I
Psychological Assessment and Diagnostics - I
Personal & Interpersonal Development of the Counsellor - II
Theoretical Approaches and Techniques of Psychotherapy - II
Human Growth & Development - I
Research Methods - II
Practicum - II
Psycho Assesment and Diagnostics - II
Human Growth and Development
Theorethical Approaches and Techniques in Psychotherapy - III
Psychopathology - III
Practicum and Case Presentations
Research Project (contd.)
Community Mental Health
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