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Faculty of Behavioral Sciences

Preamble:

The curiosity of understanding the complexity of human behavior has always been at the core of knowledge seekers in all times and for this, Psychology as the science of human behavior significantly fulfills this gap. In the present era, due to so many factors of industrial, digital, social and other pressures the understanding of human behavior has become more challenging as well as interesting. In this regard, a special attention is required for prevention and correction of deviant behavioural patterns. A specialized course with an orientation in clinical and counseling psychology is in great demand as it provides requisite inputs to the students. It shall be a natural up-gradation for the students who have graduated in psychology/applied psychology/clinical psychology and even graduates coming from other natural, physical, and social sciences. The course will provide fundamental knowledge of pure and applied psychology with a special thrust in clinical psychology as well as counseling psychology. Students mastering this course may go for specialized professional courses in the area of clinical psychology, rehabilitation psychology approved by Rehabilitation Council of India. Masters course in Clinical Psychology is not very common since it requires practical training in clinical settings and centers of community health services. SGT University has the advantage of having all under one umbrella and thus offers exciting opportunities who wish to seek professional competence.

Goal:

The primary goal of M Sc Clinical/ Counselling Psychology is to equip graduates in psychology with knowledge and skills, through direct exposure in various clinical and community settings. The students shall be trained in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.

Objectives:

  1. To provide knowledge of psychology and its methods in laboratory and field settings.
  2. To focus on applied fields of counseling and clinical psychology to provide services in the community.
  3. To have a deeper understanding of human behavior
  4. To understand the concurrent socio-psychological issues.
  5. To acquire skills to tackle behavioural problems through psychological interventions.

Duration: 2 years (4 Semesters in regular mode)

Eligibility: B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology with not less than 50% marks OR B.A,/B.Sc./B.Com/ B.Sc (Home Science)/ B.Ed / any other Graduate degree with not less than 55% marks in aggregate.

Career Opportunities:

  1. Academic pursuits leading to M. Phil and Doctorate programs.
  2. Teaching in various colleges and universities
  3. Research scientist in research institutes such as DRDO, Defense Institute of Psychological Research
  4. Engaging in self employment by providing psychological consultation.
  5. Working as counselors in schools
  6. Aspiring for careers in military psychology.
  7. Going to join industry, business & corporates

Core Department: Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, SGT University.

Teaching Strategies:

The teaching strategies include all suitable methods of effective teaching including didactic, small group discussion, supervised field training, community exposure, interaction with some professionals, problem based learning, student seminar, teacher’s seminar and tutorials.

B.Sc. Clinical/Counseling Psychology program is a four semesters course (2 years program), with 1686 hours of teaching for the entire course. Out of the total hours, theory teaching (Papers) will be of 1024 hours and practical will be of 662 hours. The teaching will be carried out on various papers (20 papers = 16 theory and 4 practical). The students will be doing practical work in various service centers and laboratory. The theory teaching will be class room based knowledge acquisition of the subject matter, while practical exposure shall include laboratory and community settings.

 

Heads Semester-wise Total Hours/Course
Project 128 Hours 128 Hours
Field Training 128 Hours 128 Hours
Summer Training 150 Hours 150 Hours
Practicum:    Experiments

Testing

128 Hours

128 Hours

          256 Hours
Total Teaching Hours                                662 Hours

 

Course Distribution:

The M.Sc. program will be of two years duration divided into four equal semesters of 16 weeks each.

Candidates shall have to make a choice in semester III for group A or group B i.e. Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology, respectively. No switch over shall be allowed in semester IV. However, the option will be available if more than 5 students opt either of the specialization.

The papers covered in 1st Semester will include:

  1. History of Psychology
  2. Cognitive Psychology
  3. Research Designs & Methods
  4. Biopsychology
  5. Practicum: Experiments
Topic (Subject-wise)               Hours Credit Hours
Modular teaching of 4 papers 256 Hours 85
Practicum: Experiments 128 Hours 43
Total Teaching Hours 384 Hours 128
The papers covered in 2nd Semester will include:

  1. Theories of Personality
  2. Lifespan Development
  3. Statistical Techniques in Psychology
  4. Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  5. Practicum: Testing

Commencement and placement for Summer Training after examination

Topic (Subject-wise)               Hours Credit Hours
Modular teaching of 4 papers 256 Hours 85
Practicum: Testing 128 Hours 43
Summer Training 150 Hours 50
Total Teaching Hours 534 Hours 178

 

The papers covered in 3rd Semester will include:

  1. A) 1. Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  2. Psycho-diagnostics
  3. Psychotherapy I
  4. Neuropsychology
  5. Field Training

B)

  1. Introduction to Guidance & Counseling
  2. Assessment in Counseling
  3. Approaches to Counseling I
  4. Counseling Process
  5. Field Training

Evaluation of Summer Training

Topic (Subject-wise)               Hours Credit Hours
Modular teaching of 4 papers 256 Hours 85
Field Training 128 Hours 43
Total Teaching Hours 384 Hours 128
The papers covered in 4th Semester will include:

A) 1. Childhood Disorders   2. Psychotherapy II    3. Personality Disorders

4. Psychological Interventions   5. Project

B) 1. Areas of Counseling   2. Approaches to Counseling II    3. Guidance & Counseling in  Educational Settings    4. Positive Psychology   5. Project

Topic (Subject-wise)               Hours Credit Hours
Modular teaching of 4 papers 256 Hours 85
Project 128 Hours 43
Total Teaching Hours 384 Hours 128
Overall Total 1686 Hours 562

 

Professional/Clinical Training:

  • Students shall acquire training in clinical settings, such as hospital, schools for mentally challenged, drug de-addiction centers, rehabilitation centers etc.
  • Students shall participate in community settings – institutional, villages, slums etc.
  • Students of counseling specialization shall do practical work in schools, prisons, NGOs, child and family centers etc.

Research Training:

Project report is an essential part of the course, where the students will undertake a specific research oriented plan to have an understanding of the methodology and statistical analysis with required theoretical inputs for the analysis of data and its interpretation. The project will be undertaken in laboratory/ community settings/ clinical settings. The field training is also oriented to research where the students are supposed to prepare a report.

Summer Placement:

Each student shall be placed in a psychiatric OPD/IPD or a center dealing with mentally challenged, drug addicts etc. for 2 months as decided by Dean of the Faculty with mutual understanding of the university and the internship institute. It shall be certified as well as evaluated after the completion of the program. Students opting counseling stream shall be placed in various social service centers run by government or non-governmental organizations including private schools, juvenile homes, and homes for destitute, aged etc. They may also be placed in organizations such as industry, companies for career counseling and stress management.