Responding to the needs of contemporary society, the Master’s course of Psychology focuses its efforts on producing graduates able to “plumb the heart in order to support the person,” and seeks to promote basic research in psychology and cultivate high-level practitioners. The curriculum of the program therefore incorporates a wide range of lecture classes in subjects including cognitive and physiological psychology, social and group psychology, development and education, the psychology of disabled children and adults, clinical psychology and psychiatry, in addition to emphasizing experiments and practical work. From fiscal 2014, we will offer three rather than our conventional two courses to students in the Master’s course of Psychology; the course will now encompass a Psychology Course, an Educational and Developmental Psychology Course, and a Clinical Psychology Course. The Psychology Course will look at subjects related to areas including cognitive and physiological psychology, adolescent psychology and the psychology of the elderly, social, group and industrial psychology, and psychological statistics. The aim of the course is to produce researchers and professionals able to respond to the problems of contemporary society. In the Educational and Developmental Psychology Course, in addition to fostering specialists in subjects including the education and development of infants and children, infant and child disabilities, and support for child-raising, we also offer study in a full range of subjects related to education, including the psychology of the learning process and school psychology. Our Clinical Psychology Course is designated as a Type 1 School for the Training of Clinical Psychologists. The Clinical Psychology Course fosters psychological professionals able to conduct a wide range of clinical activities in fields including hospital clinical practice, school clinical practice and community care. In the Ph.D. course, we seek to produce researchers and instructors of practitioners in the fields covered by the three courses. In order to realize this goal, we offer individual specialized guidance from full-time staff members who have all completed Ph.D. degrees in addition to a range of special lecture classes, in order to foster researchers and specialized instructors possessing broad and unbiased perspectives.
In 2009, the clinical center (a consultation and research facility in the Institute for Psychological Research) was rebuilt at our Takanawa Campus, bolstering the educational environment of the Major of Psychology. As a facility that provides consultation services to local residents, the center responds to the needs of individuals experiencing a variety of psychological problems. Provided with a full range of facilities, including a play room, a miniature garden, an activity room, and consultation rooms, the center does not only provide consultation services, but is also used for exercises and experiments in clinical psychology as a facility for the training and education of graduate students. The center also features a classroom for graduate students, a research room for the use of students of the Major of Psychology, and a computer room, providing an environment enabling focused study.