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How to Become a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical psychology is the study done on human mental and behavioral health to suggest a remedy for any kind of dysfunction. A certified clinical psychologist meets the patient and over a period of time, through tests, chats with the person observe and diagnose existing or potential disorders.

What are the courses in clinical psychology?

Manipal College of Health Professions (MCHP), one of the first institutions in India exclusively dedicated to the education of allied health professionals, provides Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degree programs in various disciplines. Rated ‘Excellent’ by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), the statutory body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, and ranked Number Three amongst Allied Health Colleges in India, MCHP works at providing health services to the community apart from schooling students to become the best health professionals in the medical world.

Department of Clinical Psychology at MCHP

Department of Clinical Psychology at MCHP is a functional rehabilitation center that provides mental health treatment to adolescents and adults. The department offers the following courses

MSc in Clinical Psychology
MPhil in Clinical Psychology

Eligibility criteria for Course in MSc in Clinical Psychology

It’s a two-year course open to all Indian and foreign nationals as well as NRIs. The applicant must have a BA/BSc degree in Psychology from a recognized university with a minimum of 55 % aggregate marks or equivalent. There is also an entrance test: The Manipal Entrance Test (MET) 2020. For students applying for clinical psychology courses, there might also be a Department Test. For test syllabus, schedule, locations, and to slot your test, see here.

Eligibility criteria for Course in MPhil in Clinical Psychology

This is also a two-year specialized course. Indian and foreign nationals and NRIs are eligible to apply. One must have cleared MA or MSc Psychology from a recognized university, with 55 % aggregate marks or equivalent.

Course details

MCHP aims at giving the students theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the subjects; the stress is on experiential learning. So, the course is an amalgamation of regular theory classes and psychometric training, seminars, guest lectures, skill training programs, paper presentations, and much more.

Career scope for Clinical Psychology students

With a Master’s degree under your belt, Clinical Psychology students can become counselors and further specialize in their area of expertise in working helping patients cope with mental health disorders. Mental health counseling is one of the fastest-growing segments in the health industry at the moment. A recent survey projected a 29% growth in this industry and estimated that this demand would escalate, creating an estimated 48,200 new jobs by 2022.

Why choose MCHP?

● The first and foremost reason being that access to hospital facilities gives student hands-on training
● The university provides the best clinical psychology, child and adult psychiatry, and community mental health training
● It has a network of doctors in various disciplines
● Highly specialized training is provided in the area of rehabilitation of chronic mental illnesses
● It has one of the largest libraries in Asia
● Software-based psychological assessment and interpretation training
● Best-in-class infrastructure and faculty profile

The core competencies of the Department of Clinical Psychology at MCHP are

● Psychotherapy
● Behaviour Therapy
● Hypnosis
● Family/Marital/Sex Therapy
● Cognitive remediation
● Neurofeedback training
● Biofeedback equipment
● Neuropsychological Assessment
● Personality Assessment
● IQ Assessment
● Memory Assessment

In today’s time of stressful lifestyles and dysfunctional families, mental health ailments are increasing at an alarming rate, and with it, the demand for clinical psychologists. A recent survey, conducted on World Mental Health Day, shows that by 2020, about 20% of people in India will suffer from some form of mental illness. As it is, 7.5% of the country is affected, and there are less than 4,200 experts available out there.

So, if you are intrigued by the functioning of the human mind and emotions, an MSc or MPhil from a prestigious university such as the MHCP, where the focus is on the integration of theory with practical knowledge in a functional hospital, the job prospects do look rather bright.

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