Department of Clinical Psychology

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The Department of Clinical Psychology is the only one of its kind in Bangladesh offering postgraduate studies and training in clinical psychology at international standards and producing professional Clinical Psychologists for the country. This post graduate professional training program was initiated as a new stream at the Department of Psychology in 1996 (session 1993-94) under a link project between the University of London and the University of Dhaka. The Department of Clinical Psychology was established later as a new discipline under the Faculty of Biological sciences in 1997. Professor Anisur Rahman was the founder chairman of the Department.

Aims

With the overarching objective to contribute to the psychological health of the nation, the department aims to achieve the followings,

  1. To produce qualified Clinical Psychologists.
  2. To contribute to the enhancement of efficiency in psychiatric, psychological, rehabilitative, and other allied health services.
  3. To broaden perspectives in the prevention of disease and promotion of wellbeing.
  4. To produce high quality research targeted to contribute in the enhancement of knowledge and practice related to health and mental health.
  5. To contribute in drafting and updating of policies relevant to health and mental health in Bangladesh.

Academic Programs

The Department offers a three and a half years integrated course (though two degrees - M.S. and M. Phil) as the qualifying degree in Clinical Psychology. Based on the scientist practitioner model, the courses incorporate a blend of intensive academic, clinical and research activities. Throughout the years the students engaged themselves in rigorous clinical work and receive in depth clinical supervision on their work with patients. The students gradually assume greater clinical responsibilities with increasing experience, knowledge and skills over the years as they pass through MS to MPhil course. The department is also offering PhD in Clinical Psychology as a post-qualification research degree.

Departmental orientation With a strong commitment to the training of clinical scientists as its foundation, the Clinical Psychology area places significant emphasis on the development of research skills and interests through the student’s enrollment in the department. Through a combination of coursework, hospital as well as community based practices, it provides students with a strong background in clinical research literature, variety of methodological and clinical skills, those are used to address clinically relevant research questions. In addition to required empirical pre-dissertation and dissertation projects, students are expected to be actively involved in and committed to research activity throughout the course of their graduate careers. Examples of these activities include ongoing participation in a faculty-directed research team, attendance at departmental seminars and meetings, attendance at research-oriented professional conferences, etc. Clinical Practicum Clinical training at the department emphasizes an evidence-based approach to clinical service delivery. At different placements (for instance- Psychiatry department of BSMMU, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Student Counseling and Guidance Center of TSC, DU, Dhaka Community Hospital etc.) the trainee clinical psychologists provide assessment and psychotherapy services to a diverse client population with a wide range of problems and needs. For example- anxiety disorders, depression, somatoform disorders, mood disorders, suicide, sleep disorders, sexual disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, schizophrenia, paranoid disorders, dementia, essential hypertension, asthma, recurrent headaches, disorders of eating and weight, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, chronic pain, drug and alcohol problems, disorders of childhood and adolescents, intellectual disabilities, problems of old age, marital conflicts etc. Along with the courses on the disorders, there are courses on psychological assessments (e.g., questionnaires, and psychometric tests) and intervention models using a range of psychological approaches (e.g., behavioural, cognitive, humanistic, systemic/family, personal construct, eclectic etc.). Trainee clinical psychologists receive weekly group and individual supervision from members of the clinical psychologists’ community. Community placements are also available in different NGOs for advanced students who wish to pursue additional training or focus on other specialized populations. Job Opportunity for Clinical Psychology Graduates By the year 2007, the Department of Clinical Psychology at Dhaka University completed its first decade. Opportunity to find jobs by qualified graduate clinical psychologists is now very promising. There is high probability that hundreds of public and private jobs will be created for the qualified clinical psychologist within next decade, who will be earning attractive salary and other benefits, compared to many other general university graduates. This is going to create golden opportunity for young psychologists in Bangladesh to grow as truly qualified professional clinical psychologists, who will also get opportunity to serve their own community and the nation. The department is also ready to accept foreign students and our students can also pursue their higher or specialist training and can acquire job experience in a foreign country.

Admission to the department

Enrollment in Clinical Psychology program is competitive. Students are enrolled through an admission examination process.  Anyone with a bachelor in Psychology interested to develop career in application of psychology in mental health and having care for the distressed are encouraged to apply. Admission process starts between September-October with an announcement for application at the leading daily newspapers in Bangladesh. The announcement is also forwarded to the major psychology departments accord the country. Those interested can contact departmental office anytime for early information and preparation for admission test. Potential candidates are recommended to seek appointment with any teacher of the Department through the office to get advice and relevant information regarding the program and culture of the Department.

Eligibility. Four-year Bachelor degree in Psychology with a high second class from any recognized University. Students with three-year Bachelor degree in psychology can also apply in they also hold M.Sc. in Psychology. Students who have appeared in the 4th year final examination in Psychology are also eligible to apply.

Application form. The prospective candidates are advised to collect application form from the Departmental office, Room no. 5017, Arts Building, 4th floor, University of Dhaka after the announcement for admission is published.

Admission test. As Clinical Psychology is a post-graduate program, the student’s enrolled need to have a sound knowledge in psychology. A written test is designed to asses knowledge and understanding on basic psychological concepts, theories, psychometrics, research methods and abnormal psychology. A separate multiple choice questions test is also used to test psychology knowledge. Apart from these, the admission test also involves testing for analytical ability and language comprehension both in English and Bengali. Those who pass the written test are invited for viva-voce where further assessment of their suitability for clinical psychology program is assessed.

Admission Timeline

Admission announcement : September – October
Admission test : October – November
Class begins : January

For more information please contact: Department of Clinical Psychology Room no. 5017, Arts Building, 4th floor, Dhaka University, Dhaka-1000 Phone: +88-02-9661920-73, Ext 7800 & 7801 E-mail: clinpsy@du.ac.bd