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. With tireless effort of the late Professor Anisur Rahman and support from Dr. Graham E. Powell, this post graduate professional training program was initiated as a new stream at the Department of Psychology in 1996 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.
With the overarching objective to contribute to the psychological health of the nation, the department aims to achieve the followings,
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. With dual emphasis of developing clinical as well as research skills among the students, the department uses a combination of coursework, hospital-based clinical practices, and intensive research work. During the training, the students are placed at government institutions and provide physical health and mental health service to a diverse client population with a wide range of problems and needs. List of problem that is dealt by them include but are not limited to anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, depression and other mood disorders, suicide, sleep disorders, sexual disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, schizophrenia, paranoid disorders, dementia, diabetes, 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. All the clinical activates carried out by the students are supervised by assigned clinical supervisors.
The students and graduates of the department are well versed and equipped with skills related to psychological assessments (e.g., questionnaires, and psychometric tests) and therapeutic intervention (e.g., Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Behavioural approaches, Systemic and Family therapy, Psychodrama).
MS in Clinical Psychology program is targeted to train the students on treating full spectrum of mental health problems among adults. They learn treating mental health problems of the children and adolescents during their MPhil years along with carrying out specialist mental health placements (e.g., drug addiction, health psychology, psychosexual dysfunctions, trauma, and neuropsychology)
Core Competencies of the Graduates
Though the process of intensive professional training and supervision, the trainees acquire several core skills which includes but are not limited to the following
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Admission to the department
Enrolment 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.
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.
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.
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 announcement : September – October
Admission test : October – November
Class begins : January
We have ten full-time faculty members, three visiting faculty members and four [art-time faculty members. The name of the honourable academic persons is given below.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org