The Department of Clinical Psychology is an independent department at the DIMHANS Institute of Psychiatry. The department works in the area of patient care, teaching, research, resource development, and community service. Over the years, the department has achieved various milestones in the field of teaching, training, research, and clinical services. Department of clinical psychology is engaged in clinical, academic, research, and community-related activities pertaining to mental health. It functions as a part of the multidisciplinary team in providing clinical services such as psychological assessments, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation. The department started its first batch of M. Phil. Clinical Psychology course in 2019, and it also offers internships for the postgraduate students of other institutions
Vision:To achieve excellence in clinical psychology services, education and research.
Mission:Establish the highest standards of evidence-based clinical psychology services.Create an optimal and enriching learning environment to develop expertise,Build human resource capacity in the field of clinical psychology,Develop and strengthen scientific research with special emphasis on indigenous methods of psychological intervention,Engage in community related programs to promote mental health literacy and psychological wellbeing.
M.Phil. Clinical psychology
M. Phil. Clinical Psychology course is a two year fulltime program running as per the guideline of Rehabilitation Council of India ( RCI) and affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences ( RGUHS) Bangalore. The emphasis is on clinical training where students get directly involved in patient care under the supervision of faculty and learn to work in a multi-disciplinary team. Rigorous training is provided to develop competency in diverse psychological assessments, therapies and rehabilitation. Apart from clinical training, students participate in case conferences, seminars, journal clubs, psychotherapy case presentations, group discussions as well as departmental and interdepartmental teaching programs. They also engage in research by working on a dissertation. The course prepares
The department conducts weekly academic exercises for the students of Clinical Psychology. These academic programs include departmental seminars, psychotherapy meetings and regular classes for M. Phil. students as well as for students of other disciplines such as Psychiatry, Psychiatric Social Work and Psychiatric Nursing. These classes are based on the course curriculum and include teaching with the use of audio-visual materials. The trainees are required to present and participate in departmental case conferences, seminars and journal clubs.
Training & Research:
The clinical training includes working with patients in both the in-patient as well as out-patient settings. Training is given to developing competency in diverse psychological assessments and psychotherapies. The trainees receive one-on-one supervision from faculty with respect to patient care, psychological assessments and psychotherapies. The trainees undergo rotation in various specialities to get an exposure to specialty areas in Clinical Psychology. They are also required to submit a dissertation on a research topic under a Guide during which they receive exposure to clinical research. The trainees are also encouraged to participate in various workshops, training and conferences to enhance their skills.
The department provides clinical services to patients referred from different wards of the institute as well as caters to the out patients at the dedicated Psycho-social Unit. The services include psycho-diagnostic assessments, neuropsychological assessments, psychoeducation, various modes of psychotherapy & rehabilitation. The department also extends its services to the community by being part of the School Mental Health Program run at the community Extension
Psycho Social Unit
The aim of this unit is to target individuals with psychological and social problems. The clients can directly visit the unit for consultation. The unit also receives referrals from the patients visiting the out-patient department. The services offered are counselling, psychotherapy and psycho-diagnostics. The major diagnoses commonly assessed and/or managed at the unit include childhood depression, Learning problems, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Suicide, Dementia, Anxiety Disorders, Epilepsy, Headache, family conflicts/problems, substances use disorders, Sexual disorders and many more. The unit also has two special clinics dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) every Wednesday & Suicide Prevention every Saturday.