MPhil Psychotherapy and Clinical Thinking

Programme Description

One of the unique programme of the School of Human Studies is MPhil in Psychotherapy and Clinical Thinking. The major concern of the three year long MPhil programme is to enable a future psychotherapist to work with a range of human states and to respond to emotional distress in a variety of ways. While being grounded in the psychodynamic tradition, the curriculum incorporates salient insights from existential and humanistic traditions, cognitive clinical psychology, psychiatry, community oriented work, and psychological testing.

Further, drawing from a strong interdisciplinary basis, where traditions of psychotherapy are enriched by contributions from literature, art and aesthetics, cultural studies, history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, art, neurosciences and psychiatry, the programme aims to create a professional therapist who is sensitive, competent, open minded and flexible. It is our aim to create clinicians who not only understand the neuro-bio-psychological links but also the intimate presence of cultural, historical and political processes in the human psyche, even as they emerge in the consultation room, i.e., the psychotherapeutic context. One of the primary objective of this training is to cultivate an ethic of care and sustained relational engagement with states of emotional despair, trauma and psychic suffering

Anchored by the larger values and principles, which Ambedkar University stands for, namely, engaged scholarship, praxis based generation of knowledge that seeks to approximate the contours of lived life, an active concern for social justice and equity and regard for those existing at socio-economic margins, the MPhil programme for training psychotherapists, hopes to create reflective and involved professionals who will make significant contributions to the field of mental health.

A dissertation based on their clinical experience, in directions where their research interests find an anchor is to be completed during the third year of the training programme.

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Eligibility: Masters with 55% in Psychology and allied disciplines. (In rare circumstances the admission committee may consider the application of a prospective candidate who may not be fulfilling the eligibility requirements but who is able to demonstrate an exceptional commitment/interest/ potential to pursue the proposed training as a psychodynamic therapist and researcher). Total credits:96. Fee per credit: Rs. 1000/-


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