Clinical Psychology Unit

The Clinical Psychology Unit

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.

Facilities

The Department holds following sophisticated labs with state-of-the-art equipment:

  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.

 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.

 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.

Mission Statment

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 Programe

The main objective of the programe 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.

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.

  • One Year top up MS in Clinical Psychology
  • Two Year MS in Clinical Psychology
  • MS in Child Guidance and Educational Counselling
  • MS Top Up in Child Guidance and Educational Counseling
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adult Psychotherapy (Morning/Evening Program)
  • Certificate Course for Practitioners on “NLP and Hypnosis in Psychotherapy”  (Upcoming Program)
  • PhD Program

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.

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.

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.

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 and One Year Diploma from HEC recognized institution with two years experience.

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

Curricula

Semester– I
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
CPSY-7301 Research Methods and Data Analysis 3
CPSY-7302 School Psychology 2
CPSY-7302P Placement – I (Clinical Case Study Reports) 2
CPSY-7303 Research Thesis 3
 Semester– II 
CPSY-7401 Optional 2
CPSY-7401P Placement – II (Clinical Case Study Reports) 3
CPSY-7402 Research Thesis 3

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.
Year-1
Semester-I
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
CPSY-7109 School based Mental Health Issues 3
CPSY-7110 Psychological Assessment of School Children 3
CPSY-7111 Abuse and Trauma Management 2
CPSY-7112P Case Study Reports I- Assessment 2
Semester-II
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
CPSY-7208 Educational Psychology & Career Counseling 3
CPSY-7209 Guidance and Counseling of School Children 3
CPSY-7210 Student, Teacher, Parent Empowerment Programs 2
CPSY-7211P Case Study Reports II- Counseling 2
Year-2
Semester-III
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
CPSY-7304 Ethical & Professional Issues of Working with School Children 2
CPSY-7305 Research Methods & Designs 2
CPSY-7306 Advanced Assessment and Counseling Techniques 3
CPSY-7499 Research Thesis 6
Semester-IV
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
CPSY-7402 Research Methods & Analysis 4
CPSY-7499 Research Thesis 6

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.

Year – 1
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

2

CPSY-7106P *Placement-I  (Clinical Case Reports)

4

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

3

CPSY-7204 Neuropsychology  & Psychopharmacology

2

CPSY-7205P *Placement-II (Clinical Case Reports)

4

Year-2
Semester-III
Course Code Course Title

Credit Hours

CPSY-7301 Research Methods & Data Analysis

2

CPSY-7302 School Psychology

2

CPSY-7303P * Placement-III (Clinical Case Reports)

3

CPSY-7499 Research Thesis

6

Semester-IV

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

*Optional

2

CPSY-7405 Professional and Ethical Issues

2

CPSY-7401P * Placement-IV (Clinical Case Reports)

3

CPSY-7499 Research Thesis

6

 *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 the optional subject clinical case reports will be evaluated internally at the end of semester – IV.

 

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.

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

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

 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

*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)

Faculty

Dr. Saadia Dildar Hussain

Designation:
In-Charge/Assistant Professor/PhD Scholar

Dr. Tazvin Ijaz,
M.Sc. (GCUL), ADCP (PU), MS.(GCUL), PhD (GCUL)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mahwesh Arooj Naz
Ph.D (GCUL), MS (GCUL)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

Dr. Rabia Iftikhar
Ph.D (GCUL), MS (GCUL)

Designation:
Assistant Professor

Ayeshar Majeed

 

Designation:
Campus Counsellor