The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is a two-year full-time degree including theoretical, practical and research elements. In the first year, candidates complete a theoretical and practical programme centred at the University, including both coursework and clinical training and supervision. The second year comprises an internship of twelve months duration at a training hospital or other centre approved by the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa). In addition, candidates are required to complete a research report in a suitable area during the two-year period. Persons who hold the degree of Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology are eligible for registration in the category Clinical Psychologist with the HPCSA, dependent on meeting further criteria specified by the Professional Board for Psychology and at their discretion.
Applicants for the programme are selected by a Selection Panel, consisting of staff from both the Discipline of Psychology and the Intern Training Centres. Acceptance is provisional upon several criteria, including acceptable academic performance in an Honours degree and during the first few months of the programme. The program is broadly psychodynamic in orientation and offers good community-based clinical practice experience in the first year. Some components of the course are offered as part of an integrated programme, allowing for contact with counselling and educational psychology trainees and multiple expert input. Click here to download the guide for applicants.
Seminars in Professional Psychology (SPP)
Seminars in Professional Psychology (SPP) is a co-ordinated programme which combines the resources of Clinical Psychology, Community-Counselling Psychology and Educational Psychology. Trainee-psychologists from each of these programmes come together for a variety of seminars and workshops in the areas of psychotherapy, psychological assessment and research. The incorporation of a joint seminar programme within each specific training has many advantages. For example:
SPP provides a forum for three different purposes:
The module structure is designed to reflect the links between and integrations of specific programmes while at the same time emphasizing each programme?s specific areas of specialization. The Psychotherapy and Assessment modules have both SPP and programme-specific input. This means that trainee-psychologists will attend seminars within their own area of specialization as well as with students from other sub-disciplines. The Research component will be SPP-based.
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