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Psychology (BS* and AB)

The department offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees designed to provide students with solid training for the myriad challenges, which lie ahead for psychologists in the realms of teaching, research, practice, service, and advocacy. Students also benefit from its two research, extension and practical application arms: the Center for Organizational Research and Development (CORD) and the Ateneo Wellness Center (Research, Training, and Healing for Children and Families). Students of both the AB in Psychology and the BS in Psychology engage themselves in the scientific study of individual and group behavior. The programs prepare them for careers in business and management, teaching, and for further specialization in the different fields of psychology. The rigorous BS track serves as a stepping-stone to pre-Medicine courses and later to Medicine proper.

MA in Psychology (Applied Social Psychology) Thesis/ Non-Thesis Track

            The program trains students to understand social issues using interpersonal/ intergroup theories and research. Examples of such issues are peace and conflict, environment, gender, poverty, national development, governance and political change. Students learn to design and implement interventions in social systems, maximizing knowledge that is culturally embedded in local practices. Graduates may work in various academic, government and social development settings as teachers, researchers, trainors and human resource managers. The program is suited for students interested to pursue a career in government and non-government institutions.

MA in Psychology (Developmental Psychology) Thesis/ Non-Thesis Track

The program equips the student with the theoretical and research foundations in normative human development and family relationships. It provides opportunities to develop more specific knowledge and competencies for working in the applied settings of: Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Human Development Interventions (HDI).

            The ECE track emphasizes training in teaching, caring and assessing skills in preschool environments, as well as research competencies in early childhood education. The HDI track prepares students to address the issues and problems relating to adjustments of children, youth and families considered vulnerable and at risk. Students are trained to use principles from developmental theories to understand atypical development as it occurs in the context of challenging relational and socioeconomic environments. Students develop a range of skills which they can apply in work involving child/youth/family institutions and agencies, intervention program development and evaluation, community work or social policies.

MA in Psychology, Concentration in Counseling Psychology

     The Counseling Psychology program emphasizes the wholistic formation of competent counseling psychologists who can help individuals and groups in a variety of settings. In particular, the program prepares students to work in the areas os psychological assessment and diagnosis, counseling/psychotherapy, and research. This is accomplished by providing knowledge through a wide array of courses in the dynamics of normal and abnormal human behavior, approaches to counseling/psychotherapy, skills in psychological testing and test evaluation, and research. Graduates of the program are able to work in the academe as teachers or guidance counselors, private clinical practice, industry, government and non-government agencies, and hospitals.
MA in Psychology, Concentration Industrial-Organizational Psych

     The Industrial-Organizational Psychology program provides students with theoretical and research foundation on human behavior in the work setting. It develops relevant abilities needed to practice as a competent and socially responsible human resource professional. Students acquire scientific knowledge on human processes and dynamics at the individual, group and organizational levels. They develop skills in organizational diagnosis, assessment, interventions planning, implementation and evaluation of human resource management technologies for application in various settings. In addition, students learn the humanistic value orientation of attaining organizational effectiveness through improved quality of work life for employees. Graduates of the program are prepared to respond to issues and problems involving people at work by serving as consultants and change agents for business, industry, labor, public, academic, religious, community, and health organizations.

PhD in Psychology, Major in Clinical Psychology

     The Clinical Psychology program meets the twin imperatives of teaching students to engage in excellent clinical research and do effective and creative psychotherapy. Their development as clinicians is anchored on a solid foundation of psychological theory and research combined with training on sound and responsive clinical practice. The students’ research preparation trains them to contribute to basic and applied knowledge of clinical issues, and to critique and enhance the current models of understanding and delivering clinical services in the field.

     The students’ professional preparation includes various areas of clinical practice such as: conducting accurate clinical assessment and diagnosis; providing effective psychotherapy; serving as expert witnesses in court for cases that require psychological expertise; doing advocacy work for government and non-government organizations; teaching and forming future counselors and psychotherapists; and educating the public on mental health issues through involvement in community outreach programs or the mass media.

PhD Social-Organizational Psychology

The program prepares students for advanced research/teaching on the behavior of individuals and groups in social and organizational settings. It equips them with skills for careers as scholars in academic and other research settings.

            Research interests in Social Psychology covers areas such as social change, political psychology, peace psychology, cultural psychology, community psychology, gender and environmental issues. Students interested in Organizational Psychology can focus on research topics such as psychological and social influences on work behavior, human performance in the work place, optimizing human resources, organizational climate and processes.

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