MAJOR OF PSYCHOLOGY

Training professionals active in a wide range of psychology-related fields

Guided by the educational principle of “studying the mind and supporting the person,” the Graduate Program in Psychology aims to foster highly skilled professionals capable of applying their knowledge of psychology in many different settings.  Students in the master’'s program are trained as specialized professionals who provide a range of supportive services in response to contemporary societal needs, while also gaining the skills to pursue a research career. To do so, they take a wide range of courses encompassing both psychology and clinical psychology as part of a curriculum that emphasizes experiments and practical training.  The master’'s program is divided into clinical psychology and psychology concentrations. The clinical psychology concentration trains professionals capable of working in a range of fields including healthcare, social welfare, education, the justice and criminal systems, and industry and labor through lecture courses on various psychological treatments such as client-centered therapy, psychoanalysis, group and community approaches to therapy,  body-oriented psychotherapy, family therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy,  as well as practical training within and outside of the school. The psychology course gives students a solid grounding in the studies of cognitive, physiological, lifelong developmental, social, industrial and organizational, and educational psychology, as well as psychometrics, with the objective of training professionals who can respond to a range of contemporary social problems. The doctoral program aims to foster researchers in all fields of clinical psychology and psychology, as well as educators capable of training practitioners of psychology-based support for individuals and communities.  To achieve this, students receive guidance from faculty in relevant fields and attend special lecture courses intended to cultivate broadly educated, unbiased researchers and educators of highly specialized professionals.    

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Robust research and training at the Clinical Psychology Center

The Clinical Psychology Center at the Faculty of Psychology Institute for Psychological Research offers consulting services to community residents struggling with a variety of psychological issues. The Center’'s facilities include a playroom, miniature garden room, activity room, and consultation rooms. In addition to community services, the Center serves as a clinical training facility for graduate students, and is used for practical training and experiments in psychology. It also houses classrooms, laboratories, and computer rooms for graduate students, offering a centralized environment for research and learning.

A curriculum that prepares student for qualification as a clinical or licensed psychologist  

The Clinical Psychology concentration of the Graduate Program in Psychology is a Designated Clinical Psychology Graduate Program (Type 1) certified by the Foundation of the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologists. Students who complete this program are eligible to take the qualifying exam for clinical psychologists. Our graduates have a high pass rate, and many have gone on to become clinical psychologists. Of the fifteen students who completed the program in 2016, all fifteen passed the exam in 2017 (a 100% pass rate compared to the national average pass rate of 65.51% for that year). The clinical psychology concentration also meets the educational requirements for the national licensed psychologist exam. Students who have completed all designated preparatory courses during undergraduate studies and who enroll in the master’'s program after April 2018 are eligible for the examination provided they complete all designated graduate courses for licensed psychologist training during their time in the program. Please note that the curriculum was comprehensively revised as of April 2018, and the number of off-campus training sites was significantly increased to ensure more robust practical training. 

Opportunities to learn advanced data analysis  

Recently, big data from the field of behavior science has started to be collected and made public for research purposes. In psychology, too, the need for research utilizing big data is growing ever higher. The Graduate Program in Psychology has responded to these trends by introducing high-speed computing work stations as of 2015, as well as offering classes in the psychology concentration on emerging psychometric methods and on the programming languages used to analyze public data from large-scale academic-ability and social surveys. These classes include Applied Statistical Methods, Advanced Course on Educational Measurement, and Special Research into Educational Psychology. In addition, students and faculty actively participate in other practical statistical learning opportunities, such as by giving joint presentations in the Data Analysis Competition hosted by the Joint Association Study Group of Management Science.