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Masters Courses in Clinical & Counselling Psychology

The Masters Courses in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at Rhodes University are professional training programmes that provides the foundation that will lead to registration as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa. To achieve registration you are required to complete the following components to a satisfactory standard:

  • One year of academic and practical training;
  • A research dissertation;
  • A one year internship at an accredited training site;
  • The national examination set by the Professional Board for Psychology;
  • One year in a community service placement, a government paid post;
  • Professional training at Rhodes was first offered in 1975 — to a single clinical psychology student — under the direction of Professor Dreyer Kruger. At that time, it was one of only two such programmes offered by English-medium universities. We now train twelve students annually, six in Clinical Psychology and six in Counselling Psychology.

Counselling Psychology

Counselling Psychology at Rhodes University is defined by our understanding of the HPCSA’s Scope of Practice of Counselling Psychology as well as the local and international literature on Counselling Psychology practice as follows: 

Counselling psychology is a broad speciality in professional psychology that uses psychological knowledge to promote personal, social, educational, and vocational functioning to improve wellbeing and enhance growth, as well as to resolve crises, and alleviate typical life stresses and more severe human distress, including that associated with mental health and physical health concerns, of individuals, couples, families, groups, organisations and communities. Counselling psychologists bring a collaborative, developmental, wellness, and social justice perspective to research and practice. Psychological assessment, conceptualisation and intervention are conducted with due regard to locating people in their sociocultural contexts. In addition to assisting with the resolution of problems, counselling psychologists engage in prevention, psychoeducation and advocacy.  

Clinical Psychology

The shape and form of Clinical Psychology at Rhodes University is influenced by the Scope of Practice of the Profession of Psychology and the Scope of Practice of Clinical Psychologists promulgated in 2011 by the Professional Board of Psychology of the HPCSA, as well as South African literature on clinical psychology training (Ahmed & Pillay, 2004; Kagee, 2006; Pillay & Kritzinger, 2007; Pillay, Ahmed & Bawa, 2013) and recent reviews of mental health services in South Africa (e.g. Lund, Peterson, Kleintjes & Bhana, 2012). In particular, our vision is that the domains of practice of clinical psychology include: assessing, diagnosing and intervening with clients experiencing life challenges, in particular those in psychological distress and/or with forms of  psychopathology; the holistic management of serious mental disorders; applying evidence based psychological interventions to people with psychological or psychiatric conditions; developing practice and research in line with increasing access to humane mental health care which involves recognising the value of short term models of psychotherapy, systemic understandings and interventions, prevention of mental health problems alongside remediation, and a focus on social justice and social betterment as permanent agendas; the promotion of community mental health through less traditional roles such as providing support and training to primary mental health workers, and getting involved in advocacy initiatives, public information campaigns and policy work; and research practices that are locally relevant and directly influence clinical psychology practice. 

How to Apply for a place on the Masters Course in Counselling Psychology

Each year we select six student counselling psychologists.  There is a great deal of competition for these places and applicants are advised to prepare their applications well in advance of the closing date.

Important information (including the required application forms) regarding the application and selection process for the professional training programme in Counselling Psychology starting in 2021 will be posted on this webpage by the middle of April.  We apologise for the delay in updating the page. 

The current course booklet is available to give you a sense of the academic programme:

2020 Counselling Psychology Masters booklet

 

The closing date for applications is 19 JUNE 2020. No late applications will be considered.

The dates of the selection week in Makhanda/Grahamstown will be on 17 to 21 August 2020.

 

How to Apply for a place on the Masters Course in Clinical Psychology

Each year we select six student clinical psychologists.  There is a great deal of competition for these places and applicants are advised to prepare their applications well in advance of the closing date.

Important information (including the required application forms) regarding the application and selection process for the professional training programme in Clinical Psychology starting in 2021 will be posted on this webpage by the middle of April.  We apologise for the delay in updating the page.

The current course booklet is available to give you a sense of the academic programme:

2020 Clinical Masters Booklet

 

The closing date for applications is 19 June 2020. No late applications will be considered.

The dates of the selection week in Makhanda/Grahamstown will be on 17 to 21 August 2020.

 

 

 

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