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The Clinical Psychology Unit

 

Introduction

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The Clinical Psychology Unit, GC University Lahore was set up in 2005 in order to develop a comprehensive training program for professional Clinical Psychologists in Pakistan and expand the role of Clinical Psychology to deal with a wide range of problems of the individual as well as the community at large. The Unit endeavours to raise the standard of training of Clinical Psychologists in Pakistan to international levels, enhance the standing of Clinical Psychology as an independent professional discipline, to meet the growing needs and changing demands of the community at large, and direct research towards developing an empirical knowledge base of indigenous Clinical Psychology in Pakistan.

 

Mission Statement

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The Clinical Psychology Unit endeavours to raise the standard of training of Clinical Psychologists in Pakistan to international levels, enhance the standing of Clinical Psychology as an independent professional discipline, to meet the growing needs and changing demands of the community at large, and direct research towards developing an empirical knowledge base of indigenous clinical psychology in Pakistan.

 

The training philosophy of the unit posits that the Clinical Psychologist is a scientist, and reflective practitioner who explores critically each perspective and uses the most pertinent approach in a creative way to understand and solve human problems. The theoretical approach of the unit is integrative and not biased towards any particular orientation. The trainees are viewed as adult learners and are encouraged to set their own learning goals, objectives and specialized skills.

 

Objectives of the Programme

 

The main objective of the programme is to train clinical psychologists in the following ways which will enable them:

  • Help them acquire scientific knowledge and professional expertise in dealing with a full range of psychological problems and psychiatric disorders commonly found in children, adults, special groups as well as those normally living in the community.

  • Take on, manage and help individual and group cases and provide appropriate clinical assessment and therapy.

  • Be able to undertake a research project in the clinical area that would add to our knowledge of clinical psychology as applied to our culture.

  • Develop and maintain a professional attitude towards colleagues, students and staff with dignity, loyalty, commitment and subscribe to professional code of ethics.

  • Raise the standard of training to international levels.

 

Facilities (SERVICES OFFERED)

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  1. Psychological Assessment and Therapy Services (PATS)

  2. Trauma Counselling Service

  3. Campus Counselling Service

1. Psychological Assessment and Therapy Services (PATS)

 

The Clinical Psychology Unit offers a regular consultancy service by professionally trained and experienced clinical psychologists. This service is offered free to the University staff and also open to public on nominal rates. Under this service, in-depth assessment and therapeutic guidance is provided by trained and experienced Clinical Psychologists.

 

2. Trauma Counselling Service

 

The service was set up in December 2005 following the earthquake offering free service to victims and their relatives. Later, it was extended to victims and their relatives of bomb blasts. Now a standby service is available to all trauma sufferers free of charge. We also offer counselling service to the members of 1122 rescue service.

 

3. Campus Counselling Service

 

The Unit also offers a comprehensive consultancy service to all students of GC University. A full- time qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologist is available to help the university students with all kind of emotional and psychological problems in a totally confidential way. Individual and group counselling is available on demand. The mode of counselling is short term, focal and problem solving. Preventative groups are also held for common problems like exams anxiety, class room presentations and fostering other academic, personal and special skills.  The unit provides a full back up service to the Campus Counsellor as and when required.

 

Research Culture

 

Research is an integral part of our training programme. To date approximately 75 projects have been completed on Clinical issues of children, adults and the elderly as well as in School Psychology. A series of cognitive and achievement tests for school children, checklists to asses behavioural and emotional problems have been developed. These tools are used regularly in our clinical work. GCU  funded project on the development of Students’ Problem Checklist has been standardized and it is being used in setting up the Campus Counselling Service and in other researches pertaining to Student Mental Health. A three-year HEC funded project on the Parent Child Relationship report has been completed. New projects are being planned.

 

Test Development

 

In keeping with our aim of developing indigenous clinical psychology we have developed a number of tests and scales for school children. The GCU Assessment Battery includes tests for assessing scholastic abilities, intellectual functioning, memory and learning, as well a number of scales for assessing emotional and behavioural problems, self esteem, resilience, anxiety and depression. The tests with manuals are available to qualified professionals. (Some conditions apply)

 

Consultancy and Training Offered

 

The Unit has also offered consultancy and training services to outside agencies. We had three groups of Pakistan Air Force comprising Pilots, Trainers and Psychologists. Last year the unit completed a one year modular course on Counselling Techniques for the 10 PAF Psychologists. In 2011 one week workshop was conducted on Introduction to Counselling with PAF Officers and Trainers.

 

We are also engaged in developing personality profiles of the NGO’s and their response to training. We are a signatory of an MOU with the 1122 Emergency Service. We have on-going joint research projects with 1122; we are helping the service in improving their selection procedures as well as offering counselling service and assistance in training.

 

Extra Clinical Services

 

Some faculty members, qualified Clinical Psychologists, provide volunteer input into a local psychiatric half way house and outpatient outlet and NGO‘s.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  1. The Alumni Association

  2. The Clinical Psychologist

The Alumni Association of the Clinical Psychologists trained in this Unit was formed in 2009. One of the main objectives was to develop a culture of Continuing Education for Clinical Psychologists. So far the Alumni met once and held a meeting on counselling the Abused Children, Childhood Disorders, developmental disorders, assessment and management of trauma to name a few.

 

The Clinical Psychologist is a biannual bulletin published by the department giving the members an opportunity to publicise their news, views, articles of general and professional interest.

 

Future Plans

 

We are hoping to increase the faculty strength and offer more part-time professional and specialist training courses to other professionals in the allied fields to help develop and enhance their skills. We are preparing a new Curriculum for PhD in Clinical Psychology. We also plan two Proposals “Research in Psychology” and “Assessment and Management of Special Children”. The unit also organizes regular workshops and seminars for fellow professionals for continuous professional development.

 

 

Academic Program

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The unit offers following Academic Programmes:

Two Years MS Clinical Psychology

 

This programme is the flagship of the unit and GCU pioneered in introducing it in 2005. It is a two years full time programme at MS level. It aims to train clinical psychologists for acquiring professional skills like assessment, therapeutic interventions and clinical research. The trainees are required to develop these skills in working with children to deal with their learning and emotional difficulties, adult psychiatric patients, school children and undertaking a research project.  In the final Semester the trainees they are given opportunities to work in one of the following areas like Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Sports Psychology, Speech Therapy, Community Psychology and Neuropsychological Assessment.

 

This Clinical Training course is more skill based and emphasizes on developing an empirically derived indigenous knowledge base. The programme comprises of four semester, each of 6 months. The timings are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. First three semesters include not only in-depth teaching but also practical experience for which trainees are sent on placements to different hospitals, clinics and schools under the supervision of an experienced Clinical Psychologist. In each semester they have to complete 5 in-depth case studies in each of the 3 mandatory placements and maintain a portfolio that details the range of their experiences in each placement.

 

The final semester the focus is on conducting a research project on clinical topic and a special area of training for which option will be given during the course of time. On average, each year the unit produces 17 research projects and nearly 200 case studies.

 

Evaluation is multidimensional which includes written exams, classroom and placement evaluation.  Special focus is also given to the personal and professional development of trainees and for that small group tutorials are a part of the regular programme. Trainees are also expected to participate in all departmental activities.

 

One-Year Top Up MS in Clinical Psychology

 

There are many clinical psychologists holding Diploma in Clinical Psychology for many years and there was no mechanism that they could further their studies to post master or doctorate level. This programme was introduced in 2006 to meet the needs of many diploma holder Clinical Psychologists. The ground rules of the regular MS Programme are strictly followed. Those with a diploma in Clinical Psychology and two years experience as a Clinical Psychologist are required to complete two semesters which are not covered in their previous training (e.g. School Psychology and Research), thus equating their training and knowledge with the regular MS programme.

 

PhD in Clinical Psychology

 

In an attempt to further raise the standard and expertise of Clinical Psychologists in the country, the unit has recently started PhD. in Clinical Psychology. Currently six PhD Scholars are enrolled in the programme.

 

MS in Child Guidance and Educational Counselling

 

NEED/ JUSTIFICATION OF THE PROGRAM:

Childhood is a very delicate and challenging phase of life. Schooling puts children in extreme pressure to compete and perform. During schooling, children experience different emotional, behavioral and academic problems. In order to deal with these problems, the field of school psychology was introduced. Internationally, school psychology is recognized as an independent discipline and school counselors are considered to be an integral part of schools.

Clinical Psychology Unit has pioneered in introducing the field of school psychology in Pakistan by making it a part of MS in Clinical Psychology. Once again Clinical Psychology Unit is taking lead in introducing school psychology as an independent discipline by initiating MS in child Guidance and educational counseling. This program is one step further of Diploma in Child guidance and educational counseling that is already being offered in Clinical Psychology Unit. Uptill now, two badges have been passed out and they have been recruited by school authorities in different schools. Now as the time is passing, more schools are realizing the need of schools counselors and the demand is increasing. This course is also suitable for the students who have diploma in child guidance and want to upgrade their education to MS level. So in order to meet the increasing demand of this field this program was designed.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM:

  • To introduce a higher degree in school psychology.

  • To provide school counselors and teachers an exposure to school related problems

  • To train participants in assessment modules used to asses school children.

  • To empower school counselors with expertise to deal with emotional and behavioral problems of school children.

(Updated on 12-08-2015)

 

Eligibility Criteria

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MS Regular Programme

 

The basic academic qualification to enter the MS programme is as follows:

  • MSc/BS (Hons) in Psychology with at least 60% marks in annual examination or 2.50/4.00 CGPA from HEC recognized institution.

  • Only those candidates are eligible to apply for admission who have passed GAT (General) Test with at least 50% score.

One Year Top Up (MS in Clinical Psychology)

  • MSc Psychology with at least 60% marks in annual examinations or 2.50/4.00 CGPA and One Year Diploma in Clinical Psychology from HEC recognized institution with two years experience.

  • Candidate must have passed NTS Graduate Assessment Test (GAT-General) at time of admission with at least 50% score.

However only those applicants will be eligible for interview who have passed entry test.

 

PhD Programme

 

The basic academic qualification to enter the PhD programme is as follows:

  • MPhil/ MS in Clinical Psychology with minimum 3.00 CGPA.

  • Candidates must have qualified GRE international/Local GAT subject test at the time of admission.

One Year Diploma in Child Guidance and Educational Counselling

  • School  teachers (B.Ed and M.Ed)  

OR  

  • M.Sc. Psychology with one year experience

Courses

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MS Clinical Psychology

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Semester-I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7101

Developmental Psychopathology

3

CPSY-7107

Therapeutic Approaches with Children

3

CPSY-7108

Child Psychodiagnostic Assessment

3

CPSY-7106P    

*Placement-I  (Clinical Case Reports)

4

 

 

Total =13

 

Semester-II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7201

Adulthood Psychopathology

3

CPSY-7206

Therapeutic Approaches with Adults

3

CPSY-7207

Adult Psychodiagnostic Assessment

2

CPSY-7204

Neuropsychology  & Psychopharmacology

2

CPSY-7205P

*Placement-II (Clinical Case Reports)

4

 

 

Total=14

 

Semester-III 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7301

Research Methods & Data Analysis

3

CPSY-7302

School Psychology

3

CPSY-7303P

* Placement-III (Clinical Case Reports)

4

CPSY-7499

Research Thesis

3

 

 

Total =13

 

Semester-IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

*Optional

2

CPSY-7105

Professional and Ethical Issues

2

CPSY-7401P

* Placement-IV (Clinical Case Reports)

3

CPSY-7499

Research Thesis

9

 

 

Total= 16

 

 

Total = 56

 

*Optional Course being offered

      i.

CPSY-7402 Health Psychology

     ii.

CPSY-7403 Sport Psychology

    iii.

CPSY-7404 Guidance and Counseling

    iv.

CPSY-7405 NeuroPsychology

     v.

CPSY-7406 Speech Therapy

    vi.

CPSY-7407 Forensic Psychology

 

*Clinical Reports will be evaluated by External Examiner at the end of Semesters 1 through 3; however for

 

(Updated on 12-08-2015)

 

PhD

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Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MSCP-8101

Introduction to Clinical Research

4

MSCP-8102

Methods of Data Collection

3

MSCP-8103

Research Designs and Related Statistical Analysis

4

MSCP-8104

Area of Specialization

3

MSCP-8105

Developing Research Proposal

2

MSCP-8106

Writing Up, Presenting and Publishing Research

2

MSCP-8107

Technical Consideration in Clinical Psychology

4

MSCP-8108

Ethical and Cultural Consideration in Clinical Research

3

MSCP-8109

Developing Research Methodology

3

 

Note: Any 6 of the above courses will be offered to PhD Scholars.

 

 

MS in Child Guidance and Educational Counselling

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Semester-I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7109

School based Mental Health Issues

03

CPSY-7110

Psychological Assessment of School Children

03

CPSY-7111

Abuse and Trauma Management

02

CPSY-7112P

Case Study Reports I- Assessment

04

 

 

Total =12

 

Semester-II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7208

Educational Psychology & Career Counseling

03

CPSY-7209

Guidance and Counseling of School Children

03

CPSY-7210

Student, Teacher, Parent Empowerment Programs

02

CPSY-7211P

Case Study Reports II- Counseling

04

 

 

Total =12

 

Semester-III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7304

Ethical & Professional Issues of Working with School Children

02

CPSY-7305

Research Methods & Designs

03

CPSY-7305

Advanced Assessment and Counseling Techniques

02

CPSY-7499

Research Thesis

03

 

 

Total =10

 

Semester-IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7402

Research Methods & Analysis

04

CPSY-7499

Research Thesis

09

 

 

Total =13

Total Credit Hours = 47

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The candidate must have a first division (60% Marks) in MSc/BS (Hons) in Psychology or 2.5/4.00 CGPA from HEC recognize university.
  • The candidate must pass a University entry test and qualify in interview conducted by experts in the department.
  • The candidates with M.Ed. with first division (60% Marks) will also be eligible to apply for this MS.

Exit Point:

Students who would not be able to continue in the second year of MS due to low GPA or any other reason would be awarded diploma in child guidance and educational counseling.

(Updated on 12-08-2015)

 

 

MS Top Up in Child Guidance and Educational Counseling

 

Semester-I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7301

Ethical & Professional Issues of Working with School Children

02

CPSY-7302

Research Methods & Designs

03

CPSY-7303

Advanced Assessment and Counseling Techniques

02

CPSY-7499

Research Thesis

03

 

 

Total =10

 

Semester-II

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7401

Research Methods & Analysis

04

CPSY-7499

Research Thesis

09

 

 

Total =13

Total Credit Hours = 23

 

Eligibility Criteria for MS Top-Up Child Guidance & Educational Counseling:

 

  • The candidate must have a 01 year Diploma in Child Guidance & Educational Counseling.

  • The candidate must qualify in interview conducted by experts in the department.

  • The candidate will complete Semester-III and IV of MS in Child Guidance & Educational Counseling to get the degree.

 

(Updated on 12-08-2015)

 

One Year Top Up MS in Clinical Psychology

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Semester– I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MSCPTU-702

School Psychology

3

MSCPTU-705

Research Methods

3

MSCPTU-706

Clinical Case Study Report-III

5

MSCPTU-709

Dissertation

1

 Semester– II 

MSCPTU-710

Optional

1

MSCPTU-711

Clinical Case Study Report-II

5

MSCPTU-712

Research Thesis

6

MSCPTU-714

Professional and Ethical Issues

1

 

Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adult Psychotherapy (Morning / Evening Program)

Semester-I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7101

Developmental Psychopathology

3

CPSY-7107

Therapeutic Approaches with Children

3

CPSY-7108

Child Psychodiagnostic Assessment

3

CPSY-7106P    

*Placement-I  (Clinical Case Reports)

4

 

 

Total =13

 

 

Semester -II  

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7201

Adulthood Psychopathology

3

CPSY-7202

Therapeutic Approaches with Adults (CBT, Gestalt, Family & Marital Therapy etc.)

3

CPSY-7203

Psychodiagnostics-II (Adult)

2

CPSY-7204

Neuropsychology  & Psychopharmacology

2

CPSY-7205P

*Placement-II (Clinical Case Reports)

4

 

 

Total CH=14

                                                                      Total CH for ONE Year Diploma = 27

*Students will be placed in Psychiatry Units of different Hospitals and Special Education Centers in Lahore, where they will have practice of diagnosis and psychotherapy under-supervision of Trained and Expert Clinical Psychologists.

Placement will be at least for 3 Months (4 hours a day for 3 days a Week; 12 x 4 = 48 hours a month) during Semesters I & II.

*Clinical Reports will be evaluated by External Examiner at the end of each semester.

One Year Diploma:

It will be clearly mentioned on Diploma “Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adult Psychotherapy authorizes the candidate to practice psychotherapy with children and adults”.

  • Job induction criteria prevailing for the Clinical Psychologists by PPSC and other  organizations are One Year Diploma in Clinical Psychology; the current Postgraduate Diploma serves the same.

Certificate Courses will be issued on completion of either Semester-I OR Semester-II for which so ever the candidate will be admitted/enrolled.

  • It would be clearly written on the certificate that “It does not authorize candidate to practice psychotherapy independently; however this is an authorization under supervision practice of counseling and psychotherapy.”
  • Classes for Certificate Course and CPSY will be combined; however will be run separately from MS Clinical Psychology Program.

Enrolment for the Certificates & Diploma

  • 10-20 (maximum) Candidates/Students will be enrolled for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adult Psychotherapy being the program based on the Supervised Professional Training in Therapy.

  • 5-10 Candidates/Students may be enrolled for the Certificate Course each for Semester-I or Semester-II

Eligibility Criteria for CPSY & Certificate Courses:

* MSc. / BS (Hons.) in Psychology or Applied Psychology with (Clinical Psychology Major) at least 60 % marks in annual examination or 2.5/4.00 CGPA from HEC Recognized Institution.

* Students getting Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy will be eligible for the Top Up MS Clinical Psychology Program later on as per eligibility criteria of MS Top Up in Clinical Psychology later on with 2 years professional experience.

(Updated on 12-08-2015)


 

Certificate Course for Practitioners on “NLP and Hypnosis in Psychotherapy”.

 

Admission Eligibility

·        Both male and female candidates shall be eligible to seek admission.

·       The candidate must have Post graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology or MS in Clinical Psychology.

  • No of Seats:     25 

  • Duration :        3 Months

List of Courses to be offered in Certificate Course for Practitioners on “NLP and Hypnosis in Psychotherapy”.

 

Course Title

Course Coden>

Semester

Credit Hours

NLP in Psychotherapy

CPSY-7101

I

03

Therapeutic Techniques in NLP and Hypnosis

CPSY -7102

I

03

Case Study Reports

CPSY -7103

Ian>

03

 Total Credit Hours: 09

(Updated on 12-08-2015)

 

Faculty:

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Name

Designation

Area of Interest

Dr. Tazvin Ijaz,

M.Sc. (GCUL), ADCP (PU),

MS.(GCUL), PhD (GCUL)

In-Charge/Assistant Professor

Personal constructs, Personal Constructs Theory, School Psychology 

Saadia Dildar Hussain

Assistant Professor/PhD Scholar Clinical Psychology, Quantitative & Qualitative Research, Interpersonal Conflict Resolution, Trauma Impacts & Trauma Counseling

Ms. Mahwesh Arooj Naz

MSc (PU) MS (GCUL)

Lecturer

Childhood depression, Scale development, Adelescents

Rabia Iftikhar

M.Sc.(GCUL), MS (GCUL)

Lecturer

 

Fatima Murtaza

M.Phil (UOS). M.Sc. (Pb), M.Ed Sp. Edu. (AIOU), Diploma in Child Guidance & Educational Counselling (GCUL),

Deputy Course Coordinator/Visiting Lecturer

 
Ayeshar Majeed Campus Counsellor  
Visiting Faculty

Dr. Nashi Khan (PU)

Dr. Irum Bukhari, PhD (PU)

Dr. Humaira Mohsin, PhD (PU)

Mr. Akhtar Ali Syed, Principal Clinical Psychologist (Ireland)

Dr. Nazish Imran, Child Psychiatrist (Mayo Hospital)

Dr. Imran Ijaz Haider (Fatima Memorial Hospital)

Mr. Maqbool A. Babri

Ms. Rubina Mahmood (Mayo hospital)

 

Contact Us

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Dr. Tazvin Ijaz,

In-Charge/Assistant Professor

Clinical Psychology Unit

GC University, Lahore

UAN 111-000-010/Ext.343

 

  

 

 


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