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Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counseling Practice)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology


Intake: 46

Description

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Mental health concerns are on the rise in developing countries like India. The globalising world is witnessing increasing stress levels. The processes of urbanization, modernization and globalization have led to an increased momentum of change. Poverty, migration, industrialisation, rising inflation, violence, upwardly mobile lifestyles, growing aspirations and media exposure are all contributory factors to the rising tensions in everyday life. The gap between individuals’ resources and life demands is increasing day by day. While the burdens are increasing on a daily basis, the existing support systems provided by the family, the school, the peer group, and the workplace are proving to be insufficient to deal with the surging multitude of demands, expectations, roles and tasks placed on the individual’s shoulders.

The Mental Health Survey (2015-16), showed that the treatment gap for mental disorders ranged between 70 to 92% for different disorders. Anecdotal reports suggest that the total number of psychiatrists in India could be between 3,500 and 5,000 which translates to one psychiatrist to 200,000 to 300,000 people. The existing training infrastructure produces about 320 psychiatrists, 50 clinical psychologists and 185 mental health nurses per year. Scarcity of trained and supervised services and professionals is one of the fundamental barriers to the progress of mental health services in India. This clearly points out to the need for training mental health professionals who can effectively respond to the mental health needs of communities.

It is in the context of the scarcity of trained professionals to provide mental health services in the country that the School of Human Ecology (SHE), in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai first launched the M. A. in Counselling program in 2009. Since then, through the process of constant reflection, feedback from the students and from the field, the School of Human Ecology has designed a single Masters program to be titled MA Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counselling Practice).

The scope of the proposed M.A. in Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counseling Practice) course is to make interventions; the aim of which is enhancing person-environment-fit, building resilience for effective coping and enhancing well-being and Quality of Life. The program will focus on the development of practitioners with a sound base in research as specified in the Boulder Model for clinical psychology training (Frank, 1984), as scientist-practitioners. However, the stance informing the course contents and pedagogy will be a developmental and contextual one. Training will be geared towards increasing awareness of diversity and socio-cultural contexts in which individuals are enmeshed.

The specific goal of the M.A. Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counselling Practice) will be to equip learners to practice developmental, mental health and issue-based assessment and interventions with a focus on primary prevention and therapeutic interventions. The current M.A. programme aims to develop students’ self awareness and a sound theoretical base from which they can build skills necessary for practice in fieldwork and internship settings. The emphasis is on a seamless blend of theory and practice. The focus is also on developing research capacities of students. Supervision is inbuilt into the practice component allowing students to benefit from feedback provided by trained professionals in the field.

 

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Year

Detail Credit
First year (Semester I -II)     Foundation Courses 7
CBCS 4
Applied psychology courses 19
Fieldwork practicum 6
Research methodology courses 4
 Research project 1
Second year (Semester III -IV)    Applied psychology courses 10
Disciplinary elective courses 4
Field work practicum 10
Research project 5
 TOTAL CREDITS 70

Semesterwise Courses:

Semester Course
No.
Course Title MA Applied Psychology
(Clinical and counselling
practice)
I FC Foundation Courses 7
AP1 Counselling process &Micro-
skills- I
2
AP2 Counselling process &Micro-
skills- II
2
AP3 Approaches to psychotherapy and
counselling-I
2
AP4 Introduction to Research
Methodology
2
AP5 Understanding Psychological
Problems –I
2
AP6 Human growth and development 3
AP7 Preparation for clinical and
counselling field practice
2
  Total semester I credits 22
II
AP8 Understanding Psychological
Problems –II
2
AP9  Approaches to Psychotherapy and
counselling-II
2
 AP10  Statistics and Data Analysis 2
AP11 Psychological assessment and
diagnostics- I
4
(Two credits for class room
teaching and two credits for
Tutorial) 
AP12.1  Research Project 1
(for proposal presentation)
AP13 Field Practicum – I 4
(2 credits for field visits, 2
credits FW in hospitals for
observations, case histories –
linked with UPP AP8 course)
CBCS
(School of Human Ecology offers one of the Foundation elective
CBCS titled, ‘Socio-cultural contexts of counselling’
4
Total semester II credits 19
III         AP14 Psychological Assessment and
Diagnostics- II
4
(Two credits for class room
teaching and two credits for
Tutorial)
AP15 Approaches to Psychotherapy and
Counseling –III
2
AP16 Community Mental Health 2
AP17 Qualitative Data Analysis 2
AP18 Ethics in clinical and counselling 2
practice
2
AP19 Disciplinary Electives 2
AP19.1 Child and Adolescent
Psychotherapy
AP 19.2 Couple and Family
therapy
AP 19.3 Therapy for
substance use and addiction
issues
AP20 Field Practicum - II 4
(Field work is linked with
the disciplinary electives)
AP12.2 Research Project (contd.) 4
(Field work is linked with
the disciplinary electives)
 Total sem III credits 20
IV     AP 21 Disciplinary elective 2
AP 21.1 School counselling
AP 21.2 counselling older
adults
AP 21.3 Advanced assessment
and therapeutic techniques in
clinical practice
AP 21.4Trauma Therapy
AP12.3 Research Project (contd.) 3
(Analysis presentation, Viva
Voce and Final Submission of
thesis)
AP22 Field Practicum III

4
(Linked to the Disciplinary
elective)

AP23 Internship (Compulsory, non-credit
course)
 
 Total sem IV credits 9
  Total Credits (Sem I+II+III+IV) 70

 Note: The semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.

Fee Structure:

Components MA in Applied Psychology
(Mumbai)   
Fees  Sem I Sem II Sem III Sem IV
FEE   Tuition Fee 12000 12000 12000 12000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
CHARGES    Field Work Charges 4000 4500 4500 4500
Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS      Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0 0
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 2500 2500 2500 2500
Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1500 0 1500 0
DEPOSITS & ADVANCES   A)  Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
B)  *Practicum / Study Tour Charges (Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work) (Refundable) 0 0 0 1200
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 16000 16000 16000 16000
OTHER
CHARGES
Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 15000 15000 15000 15000
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 40700 29300 22800 24500
Total Fees for Hostellers 71700 60300 53800 55500

 *Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.

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