Clinical Psychology: Pathopsychological diagnostics and psychotherapy
Specialization (degree program): Pathopsychological diagnostics and psychotherapy
Qualification (academic degree) – Specialist
Mode and duration of study:
Full-time – 5,5 years.
intra-extramural – 6,5 years
high school graduates – on the results of the USE (biology, Russian, mathematics or foreign languages)
technical or vocational school graduates – on the testing results
university graduates – subject-specific test or interview
Clinical Psychology is one of the leading and most intensively developing braches of modern psychology.
Clinical psychologists are broad specialists participating in problem solving in health care system, public education and social assistance to society. Today knowledge of clinical psychology is extremely necessary both to practical psychologists and medical workers for competent carrying out of individual psychological consultations and clinical-psychological intervention during patients’ treatment and rehabilitation.
Training of a psychotherapist can have an eclectic character during which a student, future doctor, studies the whole range of psychotherapy trends and methods, as well as narrowly targeted, but more thorough, for example, on psychoanalytic psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, etc.
In health care clinical psychologists participate in solving a wide range of problems, working in all types of treatment-and-prophylactic establishments where a psychologist’s participation is also needed because of a "frightening" effect of a medical office.
Clinical psychologists actively join in solving problems of protection of young people’s mental health. More and more actively clinical psychologists are attracted for working in social protection services.
- drawing up a program of diagnostic workup of a person, family or group of people;
- detection of people with higher risks of developing diseases, psychological and social disadaptation;
- carrying out diagnostics of a person’s mental state, his or her psychological problems, conflicts, level of moral and legal development, interpersonal relations, ways of adaptation;
- writing a detailed psychological report and recommendations;
- development of psychological intervention program, considering a patient’s psychological state and problems of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and development (educational, recreational or correctional programs);
- correcting of adults and minors’ neuropsychic state;
- rendering psychological assistance to the condemned, including juvenile criminals;
- rendering psychological assistance to at-risk families and children, as well as to the children and parents in difficult life situations;
- observation of a course of correctional and developing actions, estimation of their results and efficiency;
- work with the minors taken to law-enforcement offices;
- restoration of the public relations destroyed or completely lost by the former prisoners and the relations;
- carrying out consultations with parents for the purpose of the family dispute resolution;
- consulting parents and teachers on problems of children with deviations and retarded children;
- consulting medical personnel or staff of other institutions concerning communication with patients, creation of psychologically comfortable atmosphere;
- carrying out psychological research within judicial and psychological, military and psychological, psychological and linguistic, medico-psychological-social examination;
- analysis of the conducted research results and formulation of expert opinion according to normative legal documents;
- preparing and carrying out presentations of health programs on smoking prevention, psychological services in health care, program of early psychological intervention for groups of risk (drug abuse prevention, AIDS, school violence).
Spheres of professional activity:
- medical institutions (hospitals, polyclinics, detoxification and rehabilitation centers);
- psychotherapeutic and psychological counseling services, crisis hotline;
- enterprises, companies;
- law-enforcement authorities (courts, children’s remand homes, penal settlements, public prosecution office, regional offices of internal affairs);
- Emergencies Ministry, rescue services;
- private clinics;
- military units.