PhD in Clinical Psychology

Aim of the Program
 
The doctoral program leads to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Degree in Clinical Psychology. The program consists of three components: a) academic coursework, b) Clinical Practica, and c) the completion of a Doctoral Dissertation. The duration of the program is four years totaling to 320 ECTS. Graduates of the program will be able to pursue careers in Research and Academia or Clinical Practice. The program abides by the requirements of the Cyprus law for professional psychologists.
 
Number of Entrants and Entry Process
 
The Department admits about seven doctoral students each year. The positions are announced at least 6 months before the beginning of each academic year according to the formal procedures of the Student Services. Applications are examined by the Postgraduate Programme Committee of the Department, which submits a proposal to the Departmental Board. The decisions of the Department are implemented only after approval by the Postgraduate Committee of the University.
 
Entry Criteria:
 
· A Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Psychology from accredited universities. It is preferred but not required that the Master's Degree is in an applied field of psychology.
· Student performance as indicated on the student's university transcripts.
· Minimum of three letters of recommendation (see Departmental Recommendation Form); at least two of the letters should be from former professors.
· Distinctions and special awards.
· Research participation, publications and scientific publications.
· Personal interview.
 
Each doctoral student will collaborate with an academic advisor who is a faculty member in the Department and who will supervise the student during his/her studies and dissertation process. The Department requires that the candidate secures the commitment of a faculty member who agrees to mentor him/her during the doctoral studies, prior to the admission interview (which is conducted as part of the admission decision process).
 
Completion of the Ph.D Programme
 
The following are required for the Ph.D degree:
1. Successful completion of 320 ECTS, including the 82.5 ECTS described above from academic courses and seminars.
2. Successful performance on the Comprehensive Examination according to the internal regulations of the Department and the University.
3. Successful completion of the Clinical Practicum Internships totalling to 1500 supervised clinical hours.
4. Successful completion of the Clinical Knowledge and Skill Examination according to the internal regulations of the Department and the University.
5. Submission and successful defence of a doctoral dissertation proposal.
6. Completion and successful defence of a doctoral dissertation.
 
Program Description
 
I. Academic Coursework
 
Students will complete eleven courses selected from the following four categories:
1. Research
2. Clinical Assessment
3. Clinical Intervention
4. Psychotherapy Seminars
 
Students may transfer up to three courses from their M.A. work, from categories 1, 2 & 3 (see above), provided that the course content was identical.
 
It is noted that a doctoral student undertaking a dissertation with a non-clinical faculty is encouraged to complete at least one course from the other graduate programmes of the Department, based on the recommendations of his/her research and academic advisors. The course can be completed as an additional course, as a substitute for a clinical course, or in place of a course that has been credited from a previous graduate programme. The students may submit a request for registration in such a course within 2 months from the date of admission to the programme. The request will be approved by the Department Chair.
 
It is expected that students will have already learned the theoretical bases of Psychology (Cognitive, Biological, Developmental, Social and Research Methods), as part of their master's program. Therefore, these courses are not required as part of the doctoral program's total ECTS. If a student has not attended at least one course in each of the above areas during the Master's program, he/she must do so during doctoral studies (this is in addition to the requirements of the doctoral program).
 
Ethical, Professional Development, Cross-cultural and Legislation issues will be integrated in the content of the clinical courses in order to provide a better understanding and connection of these issues pertaining to specific cases and disorders. The program does not, therefore, include a separate course on these issues.
 
Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in accordance with the University regulations, after which they can begin their doctoral dissertation. The breakdown of the academic and dissertation courses is given below
 
Research Courses (2 of the following, 15 ECTS total):
 
1. PSY 790 Doctoral Seminar: Dissertation and research program development (7.5 ECTS)
 
2. PSY 788 Advanced Research Methods II (7.5 ECTS) OR
 
PSY 789 Applied Data Analysis II (Pre-requisite: PSY 604) (7.5 ECTS)
 
 
Clinical Assessment Courses (3 of the following, 22.5 ECTS total):
 
1. a. PSY 642 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (7.5 ECTS) OR
 
b. PSY 717 Adult Psychopathology (7.5 ECTS)
 
2. a. PSY 705 Diagnostic Intellectual Assessment of Children and Adolescents
(7.5 ECTS) OR
 
b. PSY 730 Neuropsychological Assessment (7.5 ECTS)
 
3. PSY 747 Diagnostic Assessment II (Personality, Emotion and Symptomatology) (7.5 ECTS)
 
Clinical Intervention Courses (2 of the following, 15 ECTS total):
 
a. PSY 708 Analysis and Modification Behavior (7.5 ECTS)
 
b. PSY 711 Psychopharmacology (7.5 ECTS)
 
c. PSY 716 Basic Clinical Skills (7.5 ECTS) – MANDATORY
 
d. PSY 733 Theories and Systems in Psychotherapy (7.5 ECTS)
 
e. PSY 748 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (7.5 ECTS)
 
Specific Psychotherapy Seminars (3 of the following, 22.5 ECTS):
 
a. PSY 714 Psychological Interventions in schools II (7.5 ECTS)
 
b. PSY 720 Advanced Seminar in Psychotherapy for Couples and Families (7.5 ECTS)
 
c. PSY 721 Seminar in group Psychotherapy (7.5 ECTS)
 
d. PSY 723 Seminar on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (7.5 ECTS) –MANDATORY
 
e. PSY 724 Seminar in System Theory and Interventions (7.5 ECTS)
 
f. PSY 725 Seminar in Brief Psychotherapy (7.5 ECTS)
 
g. PSY 726 Specialized Seminar II: Clinical Geropsychology (7.5 ECTS)
 
h. PSY 727 Specialized Seminar III: Clinical Forensic Psychology (7.5 ECTS)
 
i. PSY 728 Advance Seminar IV: Psychological Interventions in Health Settings (7.5 ECTS)
 
j. PSY 729 Advance Seminar V: Severe Psychopathology, Diagnosis and Treatment (7.5 ECTS)
 
Note: for the eleventh course, the student selects a course from the clinical intervention or the specific psychotherapy seminars section or
 
PSY 749 Qualitative research methods in Psychology.
 
Final Comprehensive Exam (15 ECTS)
 
k. PSY 777 Preparation for Final Exam (1 ECTS) – OPTIONAL
 
l. PSY 800 Final Examination (15 ECTS)
 
Doctoral Dissertation (180 ECTS total)
 
PSY 869 Research Level IA (15 ECTS)
 
PSY 870 Research Level IB (15 ECTS)
 
PSY 871 Research Level IIA (15 ECTS)
 
PSY 872 Research Level IIB (15 ECTS)
 
PSY 873 Research Level III (30 ECTS)
 
PSY 874 Research Level IV (30 ECTS)
 
PSY 875 Writing Level IA (15 ECTS)
 
PSY 876 Writing Level IB (15 ECTS)
 
PSY 877 Writing Level IIA (15 ECTS)
 
PSY 878 Writing Level IIB (15 ECTS)
 
PSY 879 Writing Level III (1 ECTS)
 
PSY 880 Writing Level IV (1 ECTS)
 
PSY 881 Writing Level V (1 ECTS)
 
PSY 882 Writing Level VI (1 ECTS)
 
PSY 883 Writing Level VII (1 ECTS)
 
PSY 884 Writing Level VIII (1 ECTS)
 
PSY 885 Writing Level IX (1 ECTS)
 
PSY 886 Writing Level X (1 ECTS)
 
 
Clinical Practicum Seminars (4 of the following, 42.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 734 Clinical Practicum Seminar I (10 ECTS)
 
PSY 735 Clinical Practicum Seminar II (10 ECTS)
 
PSY 736 Clinical Practicum Seminar III (11 ECTS)
 
PSY 738 Clinical Practicum Seminar IV (11.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 739 Clinical Practicum Seminar V (7.5 ECTS) – OPTIONAL
 
 
Note: For the eleventh course, the student selects a course from the clinical intervention, assessment, or the specific psychotherapy seminars section.
 
Study Terms and Conditions
 
The student must maintain a Grade Point Average of 7 out of 10 or higher, otherwise he/she will be placed on academic probation. If
a student's grade remains below 7 for a second semester, the case is forwarded to the Departmental Board for review and possible dismissal.
 
II. Clinical Practicum
 
All doctoral students are required to complete at least 1500 hours of clinical practicum, according to the current legislation and the standards set by the proposed European training model for Psychologists – EuroPsy. Students who have already completed some supervised clinical practicum (that will fulfill the criteria of the Department) during their master degree in Psychology, as well as students who already are licensed psychologists, may be credited with up to 900 hours of clinical practice.
 
The clinical practicum can be supervised by our Department's faculty and by supervisors outside the Department, on the basis of quality standards set by the scientific literature, international practice guidelines, and our faculty's knowledge and expertise.
 
PSY737 REUIRED FINAL DOCTORAL EXAMINATION OF CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS (0 ECTS)
 
 In order to graduate, doctoral students in our program must pass a final exam on clinical knowledge and skills that will evaluate their readiness to practice independently as clinical psychologists.
Before taking the exam, students must have:
1. Successfully completed their clinical portfolio.
2. Completed at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practicum.
3. Fulfilled the clinical practicum aims stipulated the Department. The final exam will conducted individually in written form and will be scored by a two-member committee.
 
Should a student fail the final examination, he/she is suspended until such time that he/she retakes and passes the exam. The Department sets specific dates for the examination consistent with the length of the academic semesters. This allows students to take the examination at the same time that they complete the Clinical Practicum Seminar III. The Clinical Practicum Seminar III is scheduled according to the examination and/or the completion of the minimum 1000 hours of clinical practicum. This way students who fail the examination may resit it at a time compatible with the assessment of progress.
 
The examination evaluates students' clinical development and expertise in the management of clinical cases and, by extension, their ability to independently practice the profession of clinical psychology in all its contexts – ethical, legal, and professional. The examination will be evaluated in the form of Pass/Fail and the result will be validated by the Board. In case of failure, the Department may require the student to engage in further academic activities and/or additional supervised clinical practice, including re-taking of the seminar courses. In the event of a second failure, the student will not be allowed to continue her/his clinical training and, therefore, will be unable to complete the clinical, applied part of the program.
 
Fees: €3.200
Fee for supervised practicum: €1.000*
Total cost of program: €4.200
 
* In addition to the standard fees for the applied PhD programme in Clinical Psychology a fee of €1000 is added for the supervised clinical practicum which is utilized for acquiring supervision services from registered professional psychologists.
 
III. Doctoral Dissertation
 
The procedures for conducting the doctoral dissertation are presented and explained on the Department's website. The student may begin the dissertation after the successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination. Τhe dissertation is supervised by a faculty member of the Department.
 
TOTAL = 320 ECTS