MIND trains psychology students (BA, MA, PhD) from several universities in and outside Lebanon, in association with both the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology located at St. George Hospital University Medical Center and at Balamand University’s Faculty of Medicine.
MIND's training of psychology students offers structured training that includes clinical rounds, seminars, journal clubs, assigned readings, research papers, and supervised practice.
Training is tailored to match the candidate’s academic level, and , where possible, aims to accommodate topics of special interest to the candidate.
MIND's clinical training program in Psychology is organized into three independent modules:
- 1- Clinical evaluation: this module focuses on clinical interview skills, case-conceptualization, and follow-up of clients based on the international classifications of psychiatric and psychological disorders. It requires a pre-requisite course in psychopathology.
- 2- Psychological testing and cognitive evaluation: This module focuses on diagnosis of disorders related to intelligence, attention, and learning process using test administration and interpretation of psychological assessment tools, (IQ and other Cognitive tests, Clinical scales) and report writing. It requires a pre-requisite course in cognitive development, the theory of intelligence and intelligent testing.
- 3- Psychotherapy: The Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology is in the process of finalizing a professional master degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This program will be in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine, Balamand University and IDRAAC. It is a 2 year training program fulfilling the requirements for accreditation as set by the EABCT (European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy), in terms of teaching, practicum and supervision. Part of the teaching (theoretical part and skills training) will be taught by guest speakers coming from Europe and the U.S. the other part will be ensured by the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at St. George Hospital University Medical Center and Balamand University, Faculty of Medicine.
These include a series of seminars, educational audio-visual sessions, lectures, group-meetings, journal clubs, conferences and grand-rounds. These sessions cover topics such as general psychopathology, psychopharmacology, specific clinical concepts in psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, case studies, review of current literature, and critical discussions on specific clinical cases.
Supervised observation and clinical practice:
Clinical work encompasses several areas: acute inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient psychiatric care, emergency room, and consultation liaison, doing diagnostic evaluation and follow ups, psychological testing, family assessment, couples therapy, individual cognitive-behavioral therapy and applied play therapy for children.
Candidates are supervised in various ways: direct observation of the trainee's work by senior clinicians, written feedback from a clinician regarding the quality of written reports and assignments, and participation in regular group-meetings and group-discussions.