MS Clinical Psychology
Last updated on June 15th, 2015

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] CPY 611

The course is designed to provide the fundamental information and theoretical frame work about the basic concepts related to the field of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. It also through light on the professional ethics related to the field regarding research and professional practice. The topics include definition scope, historical background, training in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, theoretical models, clinical assessment, ethical principles and code of conduct in clinical psychology, basic therapeutic techniques, and brief introduction to Humanistic, Cognitive, Behavioral and Psychoanalytical interventions.

CPY 621

The focus of this course is to familiarize students with major theories, etiology of mental disorders and DSM approach to diagnosis and classification. The course content includes definition of abnormal psychology, historical and theoretical perspective of abnormal psychology; criteria of normal and abnormal behavior, psychopathology (neurosis, psychosis, mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia).

CPY 631

This course will familiarize students with behavioral principles and their applications to diverse populations. The topics include basic principles of learning, theory of Classical and Operant conditioning with the theoretical and research foundation, schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, shaping, punishment and its effects. It further includes designing and assessing behavior intervention programs, application of basic principles of behavior to produce effective change.  This course also includes lab work in which students will practice and learn behavior analysis through observation and measurement. The candidate will also learn behavioral principles and procedures to increase, reduce, or promote the generalization and maintenance of behavior.

CPY 641

The course introduces students to the structure and functions of the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, and the endocrine system. Areas covered include, Introduction to structure of cell, action potential, structure and function of Brain & spinal cord, introduction to autonomic and endocrine system, familiarization with sensory and perceptual processes, physiological regulation of motivation, sleep and waking cycle and affect. The etiology and major focus of psychopathology will be considered from a biological perspective.

CPY 651

The student will be given the opportunity to observe individual interview sessions. Candidates will learn several techniques for interviewing, including listening skills, aids of giving and receiving feedback, and establishing rapport.  The candidates may also opt to work with special children.

CPY 610, CPY 642, CPY 753, CPY 710, CPY 744

The aim of Internship is to train the student to work with the patient to acquire knowledge necessary for practice of Professional Psychology. As the patient with psychological problems comes to IPP throughout the academic year, so the supervised internship becomes an ongoing process throughout the year.

During the Internship students learn

  • To conduct clinical interview
  • To take Psychodiagnostic sessions and psychotherapy
  • To write Psychodiagnostic reports
  • Participate in case conference
  • To analyze the contents of each therapeutic session through the method of Content Analysis, which is a Research technique


During the internship the candidates are send on rotation to PNS Shifa Psychiatry ward where students get the opportunity to attend ward rounds, conduct counselling, psychotherapy and psychological assessment sessions. By the end of the year the students are expected to complete 250 psychotherapy sessions (with adults or children) using Eclectic approach & 25 psychodiagnostic batteries out of which at least 10 should be of children or adolescents assessment.

All the psychotherapy (psychotherapy sessions are recorded) and Psychodiagnostic sessions are supervised by highly qualified professionals. Candidates are required to attend internship supervision classes throughout three semesters.

CPY 612

The course addresses the basic assumptions of cognitive behavioral theory and therapy, major theorists and contributors, e.g. Ellis, Skinner, Wolpe, Beck, Bandura and Dollard and Miller. It introduces the students with treatment planning, case conceptualization, and evaluation of treatment, therapeutic techniques and interventions based on cognitive behavioral perspective. The course places emphasis on the learning of cognitive behavioral assessment and therapy skills.

CPY 622

Student will have an understanding of ability tests along with administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing of these tests. Topics include nature of intelligence, Mental Retardation; Psychological issues related to intellectual testing. It further includes administration, scoring, report writing of Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-III (WAIS-III), Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children- IV (WISC-IV) and Non-Verbal group ability tests, BG-SDCT, QNST and other Neuropsychological Tests.

CPY 632

Various classes of psychopharmacological agents are systematically considered. Methods and interventions in psychobiological conditions are reviewed with the emphasis on the use of psychotropic medications to manage and treat psychological disorders.

CPY 713

This course offers an in-depth exploration of the syndromes of psychopathology observed in children and adolescents.  The topics include definition of Psychodiagnosis, principles of clinical assessment, history of DSM, disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolescence, personality disorders, leading etiologies and relevant research, epidemiological trends and  developmental factors relevant to clinical work with children and adolescents.

CPY 723

The course is designed to help student explore developmental and psychological Phases of child and Adolescent and the therapeutic skills used to deal with the psychological concerns of the individual of this age. The course content includes the Biological basis of psychosocial behaviour, theories of child development, phases of development: Prenatal, Infancy, Early, Middle and Late Childhood; Parenting behaviour, Early intervention and preventive measures. Psychopathology, Early child problems, Mental Retardation, Fear and Anxieties, sleep problems, Tics, mannerisms, Aggression, Hyperactivity, Toilet training, Eating problems, Learning Disabilities; speech difficulty and communication, Depression and suicide; Destructive behaviour, Autism, Child Abuse and substance Abuse.

CPY 733, CPSY 734

The course includes theory, practice, analysis and interpretation of scales, checklist and psychological tests, Achievement and Aptitude tests, psychosocial development and its measurement objective and semi-projective testing. VSMS, WRAT-4; Gordon Scales, EPPS, ISB, MMPI, EPI, SPS, IPAT Scales and Dyslexia Test. Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and Rorschach Inkblot Technique (ROR).

CPY 743

The course focuses on the life history and personality of Sigmund Freud, classical psychoanalysis, theory and therapy given by Neo-Freudians. The topics include historical roots of psychoanalysis, Classical psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud, introductory lectures on the life of Freud, evolution of psychoanalytical concept, theory of child sexuality and repression,  Ego and the defense mechanism, Freud’s theory of personality and method of treatment,  scope of psychoanalysis in Pakistan, contemporary movements in Psychoanalysis, Analytical theory of Jung, Individual theory of Adler, Otto Rank, Karen Horney, Sullivan, Fromm  and Child Psychoanalysis by Anna Freud.

CPY 714

In this course students will learn core elements of humanistic theory, including existential basis for creation of meaning and choice, Rogerian or Person Centered therapy, Gestalt therapy techniques and interventions, including introduction to Humanistic theory, Rogerian Client Centered therapy, Gestalt theory and therapeutic skills.

CPY 724

In this course emphasis is on the acquisition of a broad range of intervention skills and case conceptualization. The content includes Psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapies and other psychodynamic approaches (Adler, Jung, Sullivan), Brief psychoanalysis (Alexander & French), Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy (Ellis), Behaviour therapy (Dollard & Miller), Multimodal Therapy (Lazarus), Cognitive Approaches (Beck), Client-Centered Therapy (Rogers), Reality Therapy (Glasser), Transactional Analysis (Eric Berne). TA, Object Relation & Gestalt Therapies[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]