The training programme offered is M.Phil in Clinical psychology, which adheres to the guidelines provided by the Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi, which is the statutory body authorized by the Government of India to certify such courses.
The aim of this course is to prepare the trainee to function as a qualified professional Clinical Psychologist in the areas of mental and physical health by offering Diagnostic, Therapeutic, Rehabilitative, Administrative services, and to work towards promoting the well-being and quality-of-life of individuals.
Minimum educational requirement for admission to this course will be M.A./M.Sc. degree in Psychology from a university recognized by the UGC with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate, preferably with special paper in Clinical Psychology. For SC/ST/OBC category, minimum of 50% marks in aggregate is essential, as per GOI.
A selection committee that includes Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology shall make admission on the basis of an entrance examination, consisting of a written test, interview and practical. List of candidates so selected/admitted to the course should be sent to RCI within a month of admission formalities are completed. No changes shall be permitted once the list of admitted candidates for the academic year is sent to the council.
The course is developed as a rigorous two-year program with extensive theoretical inputs and widespread clinical experience to acquire the necessary skills in the area of Clinical Psychology. On completion of the course, the trainee is expected to perform the following functions:
1.Diagnose mental health problems.
2.Conceptualize specific adult and child mental health problems within a psychological framework, giving due consideration to psychosocial/ contextual factors, and carryout relevant treatment/management.
3.Apply psychological principles and techniques in rehabilitating persons with mental health problems and disabilities.
4.Work with the psychosocial dimensions of physical diseases, formulate and undertake focused/targeted psychosocial interventions.
5.Work with community to promote health, quality-of-life and psycho-logical well-being.
6.Undertake research in the areas of clinical psychology such as, mental health/illness, physical health/diseases and relevant societal issues viz. misconception, stigma, discrimination, social tension, gender construction, life style etc.
7.Undertake responsibilities connected with teaching and training in core and allied areas of Clinical Psychology.
8.Undertake administrative and supervisory/decision-making responsibilities in mental health area.
9.Provide expert testimony in the court of law assuming different roles.
This is a fulltime clinical training course providing opportunities for appropriate practicum and apprenticeship experiences for 2 academic years, divided as Part - I and II.
The department has been running successfully for the past 15 years. It has the added strength of being the first Clinical Psychology department in Tamil Nadu. It has the privilege of conducting various Continuous Psychological Education Programs (CPE) along with various Continuous Rehabilitation Education programs (CRE) to its credit.