Master in Psychology (2 Years)
Clinical Psychology integrates science, theory, and practice to understand, predict, and reduce maladjustment, disability, and distress as well as to support personal development. Clinical Psychology is a broad approach to human problems consisting of diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, consultation, treatment, prevention and research with regard to various populations (children, adults, families, couples, and groups).
The program is appropriate for students who have obtained undergraduate degrees in Psychology as well as for those who hold their Bachelor's degree in an area other than Psychology and with a limited exposure to the field. The latter is obliged to complete two additional compensatory undergraduate psychology modules (i.e. Personality Psychology, Psychology of emotion or Developmental Psychology) tailored to student's specific prior education. Upon admission, each student will be informed about particular modules he/she should attend. These modules are free of charge and need to be completed during the first year of the studies.
- Clinical Psychology is a unique mixture of clinical and research training program with strong cross-cultural aspects.
- Studying Clinical Psychology in English brings you up-to-date with the latest textbooks and standards in psychological practice.
Detailed Program Description
The first year of the program provides an intensive theoretical education accompanied by some clinical applications in certain modules. Students are expected to acquire extensive knowledge on child and adult psychopathology and possess basic understanding and skills in psychological help, assessment, and clinical research. Students start their MA thesis in the second semester.
On the second year, the majority of modules are dedicated to gaining knowledge on a psychotherapeutic process and developing clinical practise skills. There are also two 90-hour applied modules, which include clinical training. Students finish and defend their MA thesis.
Clinical Psychology program complies with the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing both clinical and research training. The program is thought to be theoretically integrative as we aim to expose students to a broad spectrum of theoretical and empirical approaches to clinical research and practice. As our faculty strongly adhere to evidence-based practices, the program puts more emphasis on cognitive and behavioral approaches. The program places an emphasis on competencies specified in the European qualification standard for psychologists.
The goal of the program is to provide training in both contemporary clinical science and clinical assessment and intervention as well as to prepare psychologists capable of serving in a wide range of professional contexts by providing evidence-based clinical services that are consistent with ethical and professional standards. As such we are dedicated to broad and general training as the core of our curriculum so that students acquire a broad foundation of clinical and research skills and understand the way in which empirical findings inform their clinical work. Moreover, we want our graduates to be ready to work with people coming from diverse cultures and therefore we put much emphasis on developing cross-cultural competence in our students.
Psychology graduates have numerous professional opportunities and they can pursue many career paths. Depending on the program selected and after they fulfill all the specific job requirements, they may find employment as Clinical psychologist and psychotherapists; Social workers and counselors; Behavior analysts (esp. in the area of autism therapy); Neuropsychologists; Educational and academic psychologists; Cross-cultural consultants; life coaches.
Applied modules are held outside the university in various centers where psychological services are provided. SWPS has its own Therapy Center in which, usually, one of the modules takes place. The other module might be in another placement provided by the University or it can be an individual training, even in a different country (there is a possibility of using Erasmus Placement Program for this type of training).
- IELTS 5.5;
- CAE 47-51;
- TOEFL iBT 69 – 70;
- TOEFL Computer-based 196;
- TOEFL Paper-based 525
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