Clinical Psychology




Children... Autism... Progress... Dignity... Happiness...

This is my professional life as a clinical psychologist.



Monika Suchowierska-Stephany, PhD
internationally certified behavior analyst

Clinical Psychology integrates science, theory, and practice to understand, predict, and reduce maladjustment, disability, and distress as well as to support personal development. Clinical Psychology is a broad approach to human problems consisting of diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, consultation, treatment, prevention and research with regard to various populations (children, adults, families, couples and groups).

What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical Psychology integrates science, theory, and practice to understand, predict, and reduce maladjustment, disability, and distress as well as to support personal development. Clinical Psychology is a broad approach to human problems consisting of diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, consultation, treatment, prevention and research with regard to various populations (children, adults, families, couples and groups).

pdf icon 48x48Program of study (full-time studies)



Level: Graduate Studies (M.A.)
Mode: Full-time
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)

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Language requirements:
IELTS 6.0; CAE 47-51; TOEFL iBT 69-70;
TOEFL Computer-based 196; TOEFL Paper-based 525

Who May Apply?

The Clinical Psychology specialization is a good choice for students interested in mental and behavioral health, who want to help others to understand and overcome psychologically based distress and prevent emotional and social dysfunction in daily life. The graduate program is appropriate for students who hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology or another field of study with little exposure to Psychology. Students falling into the latter category are obliged to complete supplementary undergraduate psychology modules (i.e. Personality Psychology, Psychology of Emotion or Developmental Psychology), which will be assigned upon admission. These modules are provided free of charge and should be completed during the first year of studies.

Focus on Clinical and Research Program

The Clinical Psychology program follows the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing both clinical and research training. The theoretically integrative program aims to expose students to a broad spectrum of theoretical and empirical approaches to clinical research and practice.

European Qualification Standard for Psychologists

The faculty of Clinical Psychology strictly adhere to evidence-based practices, therefore the program puts more emphasis on cognitive and behavioral approaches. Students develop competencies specified in the European Qualification Standard for Psychologists (EuroPsy), established by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) in 2010.

International Cooperation

Our Clinical Psychology Program was developed in cooperation with renowned scholars from California State University Stanislaus in the United States and Bangor University in Wales, UK. Every year, SWPS University organizes an international symposium devoted to clinical psychology and behavior analysis. In 2015, during the 11th Symposium, the university hosted scholars from the United Kingdom, United States, Ireland and Sweden. Our distinguished guests included Professor Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Ivonne Barnes-Holmes, Ph.D., Professor Gary Novak, Professor Harold Stanislaw, and Graciela Rovner, Ph.D.

Road to Graduation

The first year of study provides an intensive theoretical education accompanied by some clinical applications in certain modules. Students are expected to acquire extensive knowledge on child and adult psychopathology and possess basic understanding and skills in psychological help, assessment and clinical research. Moreover in the second semester, students begin working on their Master’s thesis.

Road to
Graduation

During the second year of study, students focus on psychotherapeutic process and on development of practical clinical skills. They are also expected to complete two 90-hour applied modules, which include clinical training. Additionally throughout the year, students continue working on their Master’s thesis and defend it at the end of the 4th semester.

After Graduation

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Psychology Program have numerous professional opportunities and may pursue many career paths. Depending on their specialization and professional certifications, they may build successful careers as clinical psychologist, psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, behavior analysts (especially in the area of autism therapy), neuropsychologists, educational and academic psychologists, cross-cultural consultants, and life coaches.

Further Education

The Faculty of Psychology has the authority to grant doctoral and post-doctoral degrees in the fields of Social Sciences and Psychology. Graduates of the Clinical Psychology program may continue their education by enrolling in Doctoral Studies at SWPS University.

Faculty

Łukasz Tanaś, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Ethics and Developmental Psychology, Master Thesis Advisor

Professor Paweł Boski

Culture and Psychology Expert, Lecturer in Cross-Cultural Competencies

Monika Suchowierska-Stephany, Ph.D.

Internationally Certified Behavior Analyst, Specializing in Autism

Roman Cieślak, Ph.D., SWPS University Pr…

Master Thesis Advisor at SWPS University,  Adjoint Professor at Trauma, Health, and Hazards Center, University of Colorado, USA

Barbara Arska-Karyłowska, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychotherapist Licensed in USA

Max Bielecki, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Statistics and Methodology

Agnieszka Chrzczonowicz-Stępień, M.D.

Module Coordinator, Psychopathology in Relational Context

Anna Gabińska, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Ethics and Developmental Psychology, Master Thesis Advisor

Monika Tarnowska, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Abnormal Psychology, Therapist at SWPS University's Psychotherapy Center 

Dorota Bednarek, Ph.D.

 Lecturer in Childhood and Adolescence Onset Disorders, Research Assistant at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology

Paul Stephany, M.A.

Marriage and Family Therapist, US Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Application Step by Step

This is the application procedure for international candidates. 
Polish candidates should follow the application procedure provided on the corresponding Polish site HERE.

  1. Fill in the Application Form.
  2. Pay the Application Fee
  3. Send the required documents to the Admissions Office
  4. Wait for a Conditional Acceptance Letter
  5. Pay the Tuition Fee
  6. Wait for the Final Acceptance Letter
  7. Upon your arrival in Poland, submit original documents to the Admissions Office
  8. During the first semester, submit the Nostrificaiton of your diploma

 

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Admissions Office

This is Admissions Office information for international candidates.

  • Talya Balikcioglu
    Admissions Officer
    (Turkey, Azerbaijan, the Middle East)
  • +48 22 517 99 61
  • tbalikcioglu@swps.edu.pl
  • Ilya Markouski
    Admissions Officer
    (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazachstan, Uzbekistan)
  • +48 22 517 99 61
  • imarkouski@swps.edu.pl
  • Address:
    SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Main Hall, Ground Floor
    Chodakowska Street 19/31
    03-815 Warsaw
    Poland
  • Office Hours:
    Monday to Friday: 10.00 - 16.00

Polish candidates should refer to the information provided on the corresponding Polish site HERE

 

 

Tuition fee for the academic year 2016/2017
Full-Time Studies
1 installment 4300 EUR
 
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