Master of Philosophy or M.Phil Clinical Psychology is a 2 years hospital-based program. Basically, this course has four semesters. In order to be qualified for this course, a candidate must have completed a master’s program in Psychology/Clinical Psychology/Applied Psychology or other specializations. Throughout this course, the student receives training in counseling skills, therapeutic techniques, psychological measurements, etc.
If we talk about the mode of completing this course, M.Phil Clinical Psychology course is only available in regular mode. Clinical Psychology course is very popular because through this course, the student can get a license from the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) to start their career as a Clinical Psychologist in India.
Clinical Psychology is an integral part of human science, behavioral science, and Clinical knowledge for the motive of understanding, and relieving psychologically based distress and promoting subjective well-being and personal development.
Will M.Phil Clinical Psychology be Discontinued?
Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) in their official notification (Dated: October 15, 2020) notified that the M.Phil (Clinical Psychology) and M.Phil (Rehabilitation Psychology) programs will be continue without any change in their terminology or structure. The council has also suggested the universities to continue the M.Phil (Clinical Psychology) and M.Phil (Rehabilitation Psychology) programs.
As per the New memorandum (2023) too, M.Phil Clinical Psychology will continue. Therefore, those students who are currently pursuing M.A./M.Sc. in Psychology must enroll in M.Phil Clinical Psychology after completing their Master’s to attain an RCI license.
Difference Between M.Phil Clinical Psychology and PDCP Diploma Course
Students often have confusion with the Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PDCP) and M.Phil Clinical Psychology course. The PDCP is a 1-year Professional training course in Clinical Psychology that lays emphasis on critical domains. After successfully completing this course, applicants can register with RCI as “Clinical Psychologist (Associate)” under CRR and work in service settings as an expert/specialist in non-academic service settings.
The designation of Clinical Psychologist (Associate) is a bit different from Clinical Psychologist. Clinical Psychologists are RCI-approved professionals possessing elevated proficiency and accountability across service and research domains.
The obligations of a Clinical Psychologist (Associate ) are restricted solely to deliver clinical services to individuals to handle mental health issues. They do not encompass autonomous responsibilities in academic endeavors such as instructing, training, mentoring, or overseeing students within Clinical Psychology Departments.
What is Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)?
Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) is an organization, which came into existence in the year 1986. The parliament validated the act of RCI in September 1992 and this became a statutory body on June 22, 1993. The parliament of India altered that act of RCI in the year 2000. The purpose of Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) is to promote research in Rehabilitation and Special Education.
The primary objective of RCI is to regulate and manage the licensing procedures in the field of Rehabilitation and Special Education which includes an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology. RCI provides the license to the institutes on the basis of the performance and quality and keeps a check on the same.
Check the list of RCI-recognized institutes that offers M.Phil in Clinical Psychology course.
After the successful completion of the M.Phil Clinical Psychology course, RCI issues a Central Rehabilitation Register (CRR) number/license to the students which allows the students to work as Clinical Psychologists.
Eligibility Criteria for M.Phil Clinical Psychology Entrance Exam
In order to be qualified for M.Phil Clinical Psychology Entrance Exam, candidates who belong to the General Category must have at least 55% marks in their Master’s Degree in Psychology. The criteria for different categories of people like ST/SC are different.
For candidates who belong to the ST/SC category, it is mandatory to secure marks not less than 50% in the Master’s in Psychology. The criteria for being qualified for M.Phil in Clinical Psychology exam might be different in some institutes.
Necessary Documents Required
Candidates should keep the scanned soft copies of the documents mentioned below, which will be auxiliary while filing the application forms for M.Phil in Clinical Psychology Entrance Exams at various institutes:
- Academic Documents:
- Class X marksheet/Passing certificate
- Class XII marksheet/Passing certificate
- Bachelor’s Degree Certificate
- Master’s Degree Certificate
- Non-Academic Documents:
- Photo ID Proof (Aadhar card, PAN card, etc.)
- Proof of Address
- Passport size photograph
Syllabus for M.Phil Clinical Psychology
The syllabus for M.Phil Clinical Psychology Entrance Exam varies for different institutes. There is no specified syllabus for this course. But in order to do preparation for M.Phil Clinical Psychology course, it is a good idea to solve questions of past few year’s.
Recommended books for M.Phil Clinical Psychology
There are various books by which you can initiate your preparation for M.Phil Clinical Psychology Entrance Exam.
Some Recommended books have been mentioned below.
- Introduction to Psychology (8th-10th Edition): Rita Atkinson and Hilgard
- Social Psychology: Baron Robert
- Theories of Personality: Hall, Lindzey, and Campbell
- Human Development: Papalia and Sally Olds
- Bio Psychology: James W. Kalat.
- Bio-Psychology, Key-Points by Dr. Arvind Otta
- Cognitive Psychology: Robinson-Riegler
- Statistics: Quinn McNemar / Minium
- Research Method: James Goodwin / Lewin & Fox / A. K. Singh
- Psychological Testing: Ronald Jay Cohen and Mark E. Swerdlik
- Abnormal Psychology: Sarason and Sarason / R. Comer
- Clinical Psychology: Alan Carr / Hecker and Geoffrey
Admissions of M.Phil Clinical Psychology
There are various RCI-recognized institutions that offer the admissions of M.Phil in Clinical Psychology program. The dates of various institutions are different for admission.
Candidates, who are interested in applying for this Entrance Exam are sometimes concerned about when the application for this Entrance Exam will be released. This section of the article presents the lists of the institutions where students can apply for M.Phil Clinical Psychology program.
Besides of this, the tentative dates have also been presented for when the application forms shall be released.
This will be helpful to candidates in planning their studies and preparation for the Exam.
Click here to know more about the institutes and their tentative dates for the exam application.
How to Prepare for M.Phil Clinical Psychology Entrance Exam
The primary and most compulsory Component while preparing for any examination is retaining consistency and adhering to a systematic method. Here are some steps to follow for better preparation:
- Solve last year’s questions and mock tests.
- Don’t focus entirely on one unit only.
- Avoid learning new topics before one month of Exam.
- Prepare a systematic schedule and hold on it consistently.
- Make perpetual revisions.
- Keep your foundations clear.
Lastly, don’t be too worried. While attending the exam, students should be at ease. It helps students in attempting all of the questions properly. Stress and Anxiety may be a cause of unnecessary confusion, which could result in a loss of scoring more in exams.
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