The number of students undergoing professional training in clinical psychology has increased, but the available manpower is still no match to the number required to meet the growing demands in the mental health area. In order to balance this gap, professional training of 1-year duration in clinical psychology laying emphasis on critical domains has been developed. The candidates on successful completion of the Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology can register with RCI as “Clinical Psychologist (Associate)” under CRR and function in service settings as expert/specialist in non-academic service settings.
The Clinical Psychologists (Associate) are not the same as a Clinical Psychologist. M.Phil qualified Clinical Psychologists are full-fledged professionals with a higher level of competency and responsibility in service, academic, and research areas.
Whereas Clinical Psychologists (Associate) by the nature and duration of their training are considered not fully adept to function as an academician. They are, however, considered competent enough to involve in a broad range of professional service activities.
The clinical psychologist (Associate) will be used as an underfill class for existing clinical psychologist positions under state and central government sectors. However, the role in such appointments are limited only for providing clinical services to clients with mental illness and does not involve independent responsibilities in academic activities such as teaching/training/guiding/supervising students of clinical psychology at the academic departments.
In these activities Diploma qualified may be assigned roles of Clinical Assistant and/or Teaching Assistant or Junior Consultant as deemed fit in teaching/training centers.
Duration of course: 1 year (Regular)
Eligibility: MA/M.Sc in Psychology
So, Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology is the shortest duration course as compared M.Phil Clinical Psychology which is a 2year Course. You will be called a clinical psychologist (Associate) after this course. If you don’t have much time then you can choose this course, but if you have enough time then go M.Phil Clinical Psychology course because after doing your M.Phil Clinical Psychology can work without any limitation which we have to face while working as a clinical psychologist (Associate).
List of colleges having Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology is given below:
|Name of the University||Location||Website||Contact number|
|B.M. Institute of Mental Health||Ahmedabad, Gujarat||www.bminstitute.co.in||Tel. no.: 079 – 26578256, 26578257|
|Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University||Gurgaon, Haryana||https://sgtuniversity.ac.in/||Mob. 8527090239|
|Sweekar Academy of Rehabilitation Sciences||Secunderabad, Telangana||www.sweekaar.org||Tel.No.- 040 – 27843338|
|Amity University||Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida||www.amity.edu||Tel. No.:- 0120-2431859, 4392000|
|Amity University||Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh||www.amity.edu||Tel.No- 0522-2399500|
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