Academic Programs

MS Clinical Psychology

Introduction

This two-year full time degree course for MS in Clinical Psychology is a fully developed comprehensive programme designed to train professional clinical psychologists. This course was first introduced in Pakistan in 2005, is now based at UMT Lahore. This programme retains several innovative features that are designed to:

  • Improve the training of Clinical Psychology in Pakistan to international standards and ensure the independent standing of Clinical Psychology as a professional discipline.
  • Meet the growing needs and changing demands of the health services and the community and explore new areas for application and research.
  • Retain School Psychology as an integral part of this programme to help the main stream school children in intellectual and emotional growth.
  • Further develop the scientific basis of Clinical Psychology by orientating and directing research towards indigenous issues and problems.

Aims of the Course

The main aims of this course are to help the trainees:

  • Develop competence in basic clinical skills and be able to deal with a wide range of problems in different age groups in various clinical and community settings.
  • Comprehend psychological problems within the framework of diverse scientific theories with effective, efficient and evidence based professional clinical practices.
  • Master the most important and widely used methods of psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions and use these judiciously.
  • Carry out essential research in the field of Clinical Psychology.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner at all times.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • BS (Hon) in Psychology with CGPA of 2.5/4.00 or M.Sc Psychology with 1stDivor 60% marks from a reputable and HEC recognized University.
  • The candidate is selected on the performance of the Admission Test and Interview.
  • Personal suitability to become a Clinical Psychologist is essential.

Course Structure

  • This Two Year training programme in Clinical Psychology is a full time course, spanning four semesters
  • Throughout the course an integrated model is adopted where lectures, workshops and placements take place simultaneously. This approach embraces the spirit of professional education and training in action.
  • Each trainee will be assigned a tutor – a member of the faculty whom the trainee will meet regularly in small group meetings for tutorials, seminars and for guidance. The tutors will also monitor and evaluate the trainee’s, progress throughout the program.

 Course Contents

  • This is a practice based course in which two-thirds of the time will be spent on practical training under supervision of qualified professionals.
  • The academic course accounting for the remaining time will cover these broad areas – Childhood & Adult Disorders, Psychological Assessment of Children & Adults, School Psychology, Research Methods, Professional & Ethical Issues, and a Research Project.

Road Map of MS Clinical Psychology

Semester 1

CoursesCredit hours
CP-600: Basic Clinical Skills 3 CH
CP-605: Psychopathology 3 CH
CP-610: Psychological Interventions 3 CH
CP-615: Clinical Placement and Case Studies 3 CH
Semester I: Basic Foundations of Clinical Psychology 12

Semester 2

CoursesCredit hours
CP-620: Developmental Psychopathology 3 CH
CP- 625: Child Clinical Placement and Case Studies 0+4 CH
CP- 630: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology 3 CH
Semester II: Childhood and Adolescence 10

Semester 3

CoursesCredit hours
CP-635: Adult Disorders (Assessment and Psychotherapies) 3 CH
CP-640: Adult Clinical Placement and Case Studies 0+4 CH
Semester III: Adulthood & Senescence 7

Semester 4

CoursesCredit hours
CP-650: School Psychology 3 CH
CP-655: School Clinical Placement and Case Studies 0+4 CH
CP-645: Thesis 6 CH
Semester IV: School Psychology and Research Project 13

Assessment & Evaluation

The overall assessment of the trainees will be multifaceted. At the end of each semester the academic performance, Clinical Work, Placement Assessment, Tutor’s Evaluation and Class Work Evaluation will be taken into account. 

Future Plans

We are hoping to increase the faculty strength and offer more part-time professional and specialist training courses to other professionals in the allied fields to help develop and enhance their skills. We are preparing a new Curriculum for Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. We are also planning two diploma courses “Research in Psychology” and “Assessment and Management of Special Children”.

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