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.
The Clinical Psychology Center deals with queries from people who are struggling with a range of psychological issues, being an institution that provides counseling services to the local community. The Center is equipped with features such as a play room, miniature garden room, activity room, and several consultation rooms. It not only provides counseling to people in the local area, but it is used as a facility to train and educate graduate students on how to conduct clinical training and experiments, etc., in psychology. The Center also contains classrooms, research rooms, and computer rooms for graduate students, and provides an environment to focus on research and study.
The clinical psychology course is designated as a Type 1 School for the Training of Clinical Psychologists by the Foundation of the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologists. Students that have completed the Clinical Psychology Course are eligible to sit the “Clinical Psychology Certification Test.” Many students that have completed the course have gone on to become clinical psychologists, with a high rate of passing the Clinical Psychology Certification Test. Of the fifteen graduates from the 2015 academic year, fourteen passed the 2016 Clinical Psychology Certification Test (93.3%) (the 2016 national average passing rate was 62.8%). Furthermore, preparations are underway for students that have completed the Clinical Psychology Course to be eligible to sit the Certified Psychologist Test.
Big data is now collected and made available for research purposes, even in the realm of behavioral science. The need for research using big data in the field of psychology is greater than it has been up to this point. In response to this trend, we introduced workstations for high-speed calculations in 2015, and provide “Applied Statistical Methods,” “Advanced Course on Educational Measurement,” and “Special Research into Educational Psychology,” which are classes where students learn programming languages and develop statistical methods for psychology, in order to analyze available data from large-scale academic and social surveys. Furthermore, students and faculty members actively engage in practical study of statistics, such as by giving joint presentations at the “Data Analysis Competition” held by the Joint Association Study group of Management Science.