There is a need for specialists, practitioners and indeed all who come into contact with children and adolescents with special needs or mental health issues, to have an understanding of the condition of the child and how the child needs to be properly supported.
Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology is the specialization in the field of Psychology dedicated to the diagnosis, study and treatment of mental and behavioral disorders. Clinical psychology is based in applied science and evidence-based practice whose goal is to ameliorate or decrease the effects of mental illness in the lives of individuals and the community.
This Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology Master’s degree combines an in-depth look and critical evaluation of the advanced study of psychological development with regard to children and adolescents with special needs and mental health issues.
The program will focus on the implications of psychological theory and research for policy and practice across a range of applied settings, for example, education, clinical and social contexts as well as undertake advanced training in relevant research methods.
The main objective of the Master’s Program in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology is to create an academic environment that will foster the development of a professional community of Clinical Psychologists in Palestine that can effectively meet the mental health needs of the local population. This program entails two central elements:
The specific goals of the program are:
Objective 1.1: Explore the foundations of clinical psychology, including psychopathology, human development, diagnosis, diversity, ethics, and various therapeutic models in clinical applications.
Objective 1.2: Select, plan, and implement ethical and evidence-based interventions with sensitivity to the diverse characteristics and needs of clients.
Objective 1.3: Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effectively implement and participate in psychological consultation and supervision.
Objective 1.4: Demonstrate personal development and self-reflective capacity, including growth of interpersonal skills, and therapeutic relationships.
Graduates of this program should be able to perform the following:
After completing this Master’s Program, students will be adequately equipped to move directly into the field of Clinical Psychology and practice in hospitals, private health clinics, nurseries, schools, colleges, government health facilities, and prisons across Palestine fulfilling many needed tasks and positions in currently underserved areas.
This Program will also support a Palestinian-based professional psychology community, increase the capabilities and skills of related mental health professionals in Palestine and will ensure a future national sustainability of the Mental Health Sector, according with Strategic Operational Plan of the Mental Health Policy Development in the State of Palestine.
After completing the two-year Master’s Program in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology students may choose to complete a PhD in Clinical Psychology or a School of Psychotherapy internationally through the system of Scholarship of AAUP.