Characteristics of the program

One characteristic of this program is extensive learning about clinical psychology. Students can choose from classes covering a wide variety of areas such as counseling, psychoanalysis, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychiatry. Almost all courses are led by full-time teaching staff. There are many members of the teaching staff with extensive experience in clinical settings, and among them, there are several who have many scholarly achievements as researchers. The teaching staff’s fields of clinical practice are quite varied and include medical care, welfare, education, community action, the administration of justice, and industry. These members of the teaching staff provide the necessary education for training clinical psychologists combining clinical practice with psychological research at a professional level.


Educational and research content

The clinical psychology program aims at providing education to train capable clinical psychologists.
It is believed that the following three points are indispensable for becoming a good clinician:
(1)Gathering proper knowledge from general and clinical psychology fields
(2)Refining one’s clinical sense in a real setting through practical learning
(3)Internalizing scientific and theoretical ways of thinking through research and being able to judge objectively. This program has sufficiently prepared the classes necessary to satisfy the objectives above; it has also made efforts to provide research guidance and a wide variety of practice exercises.


Curriculum

Almost all classes in this program are led by full-time teaching staff or part-time lecturers with strong connections to this university. Most members of the teaching staff have considerable experience in fields including medical care; education; the administration of justice, industry, and welfare and are supplemented by scholarly researchers. These members of the teaching staff provide the necessary education for training clinical psychologists combining clinical practice with psychological research.
Practice consists of being in charge of cases at the campus clinical consultation research center and practice done at external facilities. A characteristic of this program is that there are numerous places where external practice is conducted, such as educational institutions and hospitals. This program also has an established supervision system.
Research guidance begins from the spring term of the first year. Seminars are conducted in small groups with a maximum of three students from the same year and one member of the teaching faculty per group; each teaching staff member sets the time and provides detailed guidance. While the conducted research is proposed and planned by the graduate students, the advising teachers are also deeply involved; the students receive advice from other members of the teaching staff as necessary. The entire program has established a system to support the research activities of its graduate students.


Completion requirements

To complete this program, it is necessary to be enrolled in the graduate school for 2 years and to acquire 30 or more credits, including 16 compulsory credits. Furthermore, students are required to submit a master’s thesis, which must pass a review, and pass a final examination.


Degrees

Students who have completed the clinical psychology master’s graduate program at this university are awarded master’s degrees (in psychology). Further, this program has been specified as type 1 clinical psychologist training graduate course, so the students can take the clinical psychologist certification examination administered by the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologists (publicly financed). Every year, almost all graduates of this program pass this exam.

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