The human mind is one of the most enduring enigmas in the entire universe. Despite Years of research, researchers have not been able to completely figure out the complexities involved in the mental processes of human beings. It is really wonderful that human beings exhibit a number of emotions which make us superior to other animals. But it is equally saddening that a few human beings exhibit abnormal mental behaviour, the reasons behind which are equally mysterious.
The Clinical Psychology Program adheres to a clinical science model of training, and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science. Training clinical psychologists whose research advances scientific knowledge of psychopathology and its treatment, and who are capable of applying evidence-based methods of assessment and clinical intervention. The main emphasis of the program is research, especially on severe psychopathology. The program includes research, course work, and clinical practical, and usually takes Two or Three or Five years to complete. Students typically complete assessment and treatment practical during their second or third years in the program, and they must fulfill all departmental requirements prior to beginning their one-year internship.
Courses in Clinical Psychology in India :
The Department of Psychology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra
Fergusson College Pune
Various courses in Clinical Psychology are offered by universities and institutes across the country.
One can go in for an M.Phil. Program of 2 Years duration. Two Year M.Phil. Programs are available at the Central Institute of Psychiatry ( CIP ) in Ranchi ( Jharkhand ), the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences ( NIMHANS ) in Bangalore ( Karnataka ) and at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences ( IHBAS ) in New Delhi.
The IHBAS inducts 12 students into its M. Phil. Program every Year. Each of the above – mentioned institutes conducts independent, All India Level Entrance Examinations for candidates wishing to get admission into M. Phil Programs at these institutes. The candidates who qualify in the written examination also have to clear an interview in order to get admission.
Diploma courses and Certificate courses in Clinical Psychology are also offered by several institutes across the country. The Jamia Millia Islamia ( New Delhi ) and a few regional centres of the NCERT ( National Council of Educational Research and Training ) offer Diploma courses in Clinical Psychology. The RCI recommends a practice – oriented curriculum for students pursuing any course ( Degree, Diploma or Certificate ) in Clinical Psychology. The RCI recommends an OPD ( Out Patient Department ) in every institute offering a course in Clinical Psychology. It also recommends the restriction of theory – related teaching to only 30 percent of the syllabus while laying more stress on practical learning.
Eligibility for Clinical Psychologist :
The successful completion of an M.A. or M. Sc. Degree in Psychology with a minimum of 55 percent marks in aggregate is the minimum eligibility criteria for pursuing an M.Phil Degree in Clinical Psychology. It is preferable to have a special paper in Clinical Psychology at the Master’s Degree level. The aggregate percentage marks are relaxable by five percent for the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. Two Years of practical experience in offering counseling services is also an eligibility criteria at several institutes.