Structure of the Master in Clinical Psychology

The master is offered on a full-time study basis. Students should be able to complete all the requirements of the program, including the practicum, in 2 semesters.

A-Mandatory Courses

The mandatory courses cover 19 credit hours and are described as follows:

Course Title Status Credits
Counseling and Psychopathology M 2
Diagnosis and Classification of Abnormal Behaviour M 3
Clinical Evaluation and Methods of Diagnosis and Prognosis M 2
Skills of Writing a Clinical Report M 2
Clinical Intervention M 2
Methods of Research in Clinical Psychology M 2
Practicum I M 3
Practicum II M 3
Total 19

B-Elective Courses

The elective courses cover 18 credit hours, of which the students should successfully complete 11, and are described as follows:

Course Title Status Credits
Clinical Neuropsychology E 3
Group Therapy E 2
Individual Therapy E 2
Case Study E 2
Psychopathology E 3
Psychopharmacology E 2
Health Psychology E 3
Mental Health E 3
Total 20

Distribution of Courses

The students’ ideal study-plan would cover the requirements for the master in 2 semesters:

First Semester (FALL)

Course Title Status Credits
Counseling and Psychopathology M 2
Diagnosis and Classification of Abnormal Behaviour M 3
Methods of Research in Clinical Psychology M 2
Practicum I M 3
Clinical Neuropsychology E 3
Case Study E 2
Total 15

Second Semester (SPRING)

Course Title Status Credits
Clinical Evaluation and Methods of Diagnosis & Prognosis M 2
Clinical Intervention M 2
Skills of Writing a Clinical Report M 2
Practicum II M 3
E 3
E 2
Total 15
 

Course Descriptions

A-Mandatory Courses

  1. Counseling and psychotherapy [2Crds:2Lec]:

    This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of psychological counseling and therapy, relevant research, models of integration, alternative models, as well as professional and clinical studies – including the Ethical Framework for Good Practice; personal development and personal therapy.

  2. Diagnosis and classification of abnormal behaviour [3Crds:3Lec]:

    This course will provide students with an understanding of normal and abnormal behaviour, general issues in diagnosis and clinical self-rating, planning of the process of clinical rating, classification, description and prognosis.

  3. Clinical evaluation and methods of diagnosis & prognosis [2Crds:2Lec]:

    This course introduces the student to the definition of clinical evaluation, types and aims of psychological rating and their procedures, the clinical diagnostic interview, questionnaires and scales, neuropsychological testing and personality testing.

  4. Skills of writing a clinical report [2Crds:2Lec]:

    This course provides the students with the necessary skills in writing a clinical report starting from the documentation of data collection methods, explanation of the data and prognosis.

  5. Clinical intervention [2Crds:2Lec]:

    This course introduces students to different methods of interventions relevant to mental and psychological disorders namely: behavioral approaches, cognitive-behavioural approaches and psychodynamic approaches.

  6. Methods of research in clinical psychology [2Crds:2Lec]:

    This course deals with methods of research in clinical psychology. It introduces to the students the principles and basic elements in a clinical research, research design for small samples, the code of conduct, as well as the analysis and interpretation of data, drawing conclusions and making recommendation.

  7. Practicum I & II [3Crds:6Prac] & [3Crds:6Prac]:

    This course requires the student to visit mental health hospitals and clinics to transfer the theoretical aspects acquired into practical applications in the field, in particular to design and implement diagnosis and interventions strategies.

B-Elective Courses

  1. Clinical neuropsychology [3Crds:3Lec]:

    This course aims to assess and interpret the relationship between nervous system functions, cognition, emotion and behaviors. Students will gain an understanding of the field through review psychological disorders.

  2. Group therapy [2Crds:2Lec]:

    The primary objectives of this course are to introduce the students to the theory and practice of group therapy, and to assist them as they begin to integrate their learning from this and other clinical courses for the thoughtful, ethical leadership of small groups.

  3. Individual Therapy [2Crds:2Lec]:

    In this course, students will be introduced to understand the process of working one-on-one with a client in a safe, caring and confidential environment – to explore feelings and beliefs, and to set personal goals and work towards desired change.

  4. Health Psychology [3Crds:3Lec]:

    This course invites students to examine their own health-related behavior and attitudes and to begin making healthy changes that are informed by health research. Since our health attitudes, beliefs and practices are influenced by our gender, age, personality and cultural background, the course aims to promote students’ understanding of, and respect for, the differences among groups of people. It will increase students’ awareness of the special challenges and problems faced by these various groups, as well as explain how the major theories interpret health-related behavior.

  5. Mental Health [3Crds:3Lec]:

    The course provides a comprehensive review of aspects of mental health and mental illness. Elaborating on the different types of mental disorders, the course also gives detailed information on the promotion and detection of mental illnesses, as well as the most adequate methods of primary care intervention for clients with mental health difficulties.

  6. Case Study [2Crds:2Lec]:

    In this course, students are introduced to the case-study method that involves learning by doing and stresses the development of analytical and decision-making skills, communication skills, abilities to solve psychological problems etc.

  7. Psychopathology [3Crds:3Lec]:

    This course aims to provide students with an overview of theoretical perspectives of Psychopathology and its research methods. The course explains the effect of the nervous and endocrine systems on the abnormal behaviour. The course deals with the clinical assessment, interpretation and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour. It also covers different spheres such as personality disorders, development disorders, and impulsive disorders.

  8. Psychopharmacology [2Crds:2Lec]:

    This course aims to study the behavioural and neurobiological effects of psychoactive drugs. The course helps the students to understand the relationship between drugs, the body and behaviour, and allows them to better evaluate drug use and abuse (over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and social drugs). It also enables the students to make better decisions, backed by critical thinking and understanding of the research, when they face personal or social issues related to the use of drugs in the future.