Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PDCP)


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 (PDCP) can register with RCI as “Clinical Psychologist (Associate)” under CRR and function in service settings as expert/specialist in non-academic service settings.

How is PDCP Different From M.Phil Clinical Psychology?

The Clinical Psychologists (Associate) are not the same as a Clinical Psychologist. M.Phil Clinical Psychologists are comprehensive 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 adapt to function as an academician. They are, however, considered competent enough to involve in a broad range of professional service activities.

Role of a Clinical Psychology (Associate)

The state and central government sectors will use the Clinical Psychologist (Associate) as an underfill class for existing clinical psychologist positions. However, these appointments will be limited to providing clinical services to clients with mental illness and will not involve independent responsibilities in academic activities, such as teaching, training, guiding, or supervising students of clinical psychology at 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

When Should You Pursue This Diploma?

So, the PDCP course is the shortest duration course as compared M.Phil Clinical Psychology which is a 2 year Course. The candidate will become a Clinical Psychologist (Associate) after completing 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 limitations which we have to face while working as a clinical psychologist (Associate).

Institutes having Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology course:

InstituteLocationSeat Intake
B.M. Institute of Mental HealthAhmedabad, Gujarat25
Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary UniversityGurugram, Haryana16
Sweekar Academy of Rehabilitation SciencesSecunderabad, Telangana08
Amity Institute of Behavioural (Health) & Allied
Sciences (AIBHAS)
Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida12
Amity UniversityLucknow, Uttar Pradesh08
IIS – (Deemed to be University)Jaipur, Rajasthan10
Amity Institute of Behavioural & Allied
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh08
Department of Audiology & Speech Language
Pathology, Amity University
Gurugram (Manesar)10
Amity Instititute of Behavioural an Allied
Scienced (AIBAS)
Amity Institute of Behavioural & Allied
Sciences (AIBAS)
Amity Institute of Behavioural And Allied
Sciences (AIBAS)
Department of E.N.T, Himalayan Institute of
Medical Sciences

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