This course takes a practical focus on clinical skills. Students will be trained to practise and develop interviewing skills, listening skills, and communication skills, as well as application of ideas around psychopathology
This course introduces the student to the field of culture and therapeutic process. The emphasis here is mainly on developing cultural competencies in dealing with people of different backgrounds and learning how to incorporate clinical strategies or guidleines in working with a variety of clients. There is also substantial theoretical knowledge discussed in the class. The course begins by enhancing student’s self-awareness as a cultural being, exploring a multitude of ways to conduct an intake interview, learning alternative ways of assessing culturally diverse clients, incorporating cultural issues into case readings and their implications for therapy, developing treatment plans embracing different cultural contexts, and evaluating best cultural practices in the areas of help seeking, assessment, treatment and student training and supervision.
This course will focus on developmental and biosocial approaches to psychopathology. In addition to the ICD 10 and DSM-5, the students will be trained on comorbidity and phenomenological approaches to mental disorders. The course will also provide an overview of the research on each of the major categories of mental disorders organized around their prevalence, phenomenology and development over time.
This course presents the principles and practices of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), diagnostic interviews and self-report measures such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). Students administer, score, interpret and write reports communicating results of selected instruments. Issues related to diagnosis and treatment planning is addressed. Cultural and ethical issues relevant to assessment are topics to be explored. (Prerequisite: Tests and Measurements).
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of psychological interventions and their theoretical underpinnings in guiding child and family therapy practices. The course focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills required to understand and treat psychological issues that impact children and families. Building on this knowledge, students are trained to acquired and master skills needed to enhance family wellbeing and effectively address issues that impact children and families. Apart from focusing on challenges, crises and dysfunction that commonly impact children and families, the course will also highlight the importance of therapist as an advocate of positive changes and wellness-based counseling/psychotherapy that can promote optimal psychological wellbeing. As students progress in learning the most established and current theoretical and practical approaches in child and family therapy, they will have the opportunity to explore the current research findings that advances the knowledge and practices in the field.
This course covers knowledge and skills relevant to child assessment. It explores the theoretical frameworks utilized in the development of cognitive assessment instruments and procedures, and explains the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Wechsler Pre-school and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), structured child interviews, the Mental Status Exam (MSE), objective self-report and parent report for issues such as executive function, depression, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder and conduct problems.
This course focuses on the main approaches to psychotherapy such as the psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and humanistic therapies and techniques. More emphasis will be given to the use of videotapes of seasoned clinicians utilizing psychotherapeutic techniques. Class meeting will also focus on practicing basic skills such as therapeutic rapport, therapeutic interviewing skills, and nondirective dialogue with patients. Models for interviewing children and families would will also be learned. Students will also undertake an experiential project outside of class that will help them personally explore the psychotherapeutic process.
This course provides instruction in advanced methods in multivariate statistics at both conceptual and applied levels .This course will require students to designate the output designs utilized in published research. Topics: multiple regression, factor analysis, discriminate analysis, Manova, Mancova. The computers are used for data management and analysis.
This course offers a review of research methods in clinical psychology; critical thinking uses as a main approach for the systematic process to answer questions or to test hypothesis. Write an integrative review of the selected topic in clinical psychology literature .Evaluate methods, designs, and results of published clinical research. To understand how issues of ethnicity, culture, and diversity are important when designing clinical researches. Topics to be covered include experimental and quasi-experimental designs, observational methods, single case, research ethics, diversity issues in clinical research, Both qualitative and quantitative research strategies are covered.
This course is meant to enable professors to select the mental health problems and issues to be addressed. Topics include, but not limited to, mental health problems that are not covered in this MSc curriculum, contemporary mental health problems and issues, current controversies in mental health, mental health services in the UAE, major culture-bound syndromes in the UAE, and other health related problems and issues.
The emphasis is on the neuroanatomy and brain-behavior relationship. The focus is on neuropsychological disorders such as disorders of perception, language, movement, and neuro-degenerative diseases. Neuropsychological assessments for different disorders will also be discussed.
A study of the administration, scoring, and interpretation of personality and projective assessment instruments, and the rationale underlying the construction of each.
This course focuses on the effect of drugs on behavior and the nervous system, with emphasis on the interaction between biological, psychological and sociological factors on drug use. Some of the topics examined are: basic principles of pharmacology, physiological effects of drugs and difference between psychoactive drugs. The course also discusses the use of folk and herbal medicine and the interaction between them and psycho-active drugs.
This course focuses on specific evidence-based psychotherapies, namely Cognitive Behavior Therapy focusing on specific disorders (CBT) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Eight weeks will be assigned to train students on each of the above-mentioned therapies. Students meet once a week.
During the completion of the master thesis, the student will gain experience across all the stages of an empirical research study in a selected area of clinical psychology. The study will allow the student the opportunity to apply the varied knowledge and skills acquired across the course of the degree. The student will select a topic of interest and identify a faculty member to provide supervision throughout the process. Generally, the Master’s thesis is empirical, requiring the collection of data; however, in some circumstances, a thesis that employs a literature review-based methodology may be allowed. The thesis is examined via an oral defense.
The course includes a review of basic psychometrics and classification systems for child psychopathology. Focuses on different types of assessment procedures used with children as well as the assessment/diagnostic process. Attention given to specific psychological disorders of children and adolescents. The course includes supervised administration, scoring and interpretation of individual tests. Student administer, score and interpret several tests and are expected to achieve proficiency in writing comprehensive psychological reports.
A minimum of 300-clockhours of supervised experiences in a setting in which psychological services are provided. The essential purpose of the first practicum is to ensure that interns have appropriate opportunities to apply, under supervision, the knowledge and skills acquired in the program. During this practicum interns will gain experience in providing clinical psychology services for clients and will develop skills in the range of professional and administrative activities involved in professional clinical practice.
An introduction to health psychology that provides a general overview of the discipline of health psychology, including its origins, concepts and methods. A number of types of intervention efforts will be explored, including risk factor modification, secondary preventive/rehabilitative efforts for chronic illness and community/ public health interventions. Some of the major areas and topics in health psychology are explored. Students will acquire skills and knowledge that should enhance their critical thinking and their understanding of the relationship of cognition, emotion, motivation, and behavior on health.
The course covers the ethical guidelines and standards related to the research and practice of psychology. Ethical, professional and legal conflicts are discussed. The goal of the course is to ensure familiarity with various laws, standards and guidelines that regulate the practice of psychology and to develop ethical problem solving skills. Special emphasis is given on developing laws and ethical practices to the needs of the local society.
A minimum of 300-clockhours of supervised experiences in a setting in which psychological services are provided.
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